There was a lot of buzz generated from the Jan. 13 edition of Impact Wrestling tapings, but one of the bigger developments was the departure of longtime TNA/GFW/Impact Wrestling star Ethan Carter III.
During the tapings, Carter – or as fans know him as EC3 – he wrestled in the Feast or Fired match and captured one of the briefcases.
Below, Jacob Cohen and TheRogueFan, who both attended the tapings, broke down the events leading to Carter’s firing.
Carter and Moose, who also captured a briefcase during the match, opened their cases at the same time. While Moose received a shot at the Impact Global Championship, Carter, knowing his fate was sealed, wouldn’t open his. Jeremy Borrash opened it instead, revealing Carter had indeed received the pink slip.
Scoop #43: Moose and EC3 open their cases simultaneously
Moose receives a World Title Shot
EC3 is Fired pic.twitter.com/WgPt3aoqJi
— Jacob Cohen (@MrJacobCohen) January 14, 2018
Update 39: EC3 says it isn’t his case. It’s Ishimori’s case. (😂😂😂)
EC3 says no one can make him open his case. JB opens it. EC3 is fired.
— TheRogueFan (@TheRogueFan) January 14, 2018
After the reveal, Carter said there’s no way he should lose his job because of a stipulation in a silly, outdated match. He said he has been the backbone of the company who needs him – and he is Dixie Carter’s nephew. It was a good promo from Carter that came full circle.
Carter then said he is a professional and this recent development will light a spark leading to greatness – that is before he attacked Jeremy Borash. Brian Cage, who made his debut for Impact a day earlier, beat up EC3.
After the beatdown from Cage, Carter said goodbye to the Impact Zone and took a bow – officially signaling his farewell.
EC3 isn’t the only the wrestler who left from Impact this week – Chris Adonis announced his departure from the company in a Jan. 13 tweet. However, Ethan Carter III has been a staple in the company for the last four years.
When Matthew Hutter signed with TNA in 2013 he was fresh off a run in WWE where he was known as Derrick Bateman in the company’s developmental territories.
Fast forward almost five years later and Hutter, now known as Ethan Carter III, has became one of Impact Wrestling’s top names.
Carter debuted in 2013 as Dixie Carter’s spoiled nephew. In 2015, he defeated Kurt Angle to win his first of two TNA World Championships.
Carter made a name for himself during his run in Impact, winning its world championship on two occasions and most recently, the Impact Grand Championship.
The Feast or Fired concept has been a way for the company to write off talent, but it appears Carter is actually done with the promotion. According to a December report from Wrestling Inc via Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Carter was speculated to leave the company once his concept expired.
Carter wasn’t just a WWE guy who went to TNA to earn a paycheck. He took advantage of the opportunities given to him and he grew his own brand – and it appears he will be able to use the name outside of Impact. In December, PWInsider reported Carter applied to trademark “EC3.”
There is speculation Carter will go back to WWE or work in NXT. Although NXT is the WWE’s developmental brand, it has also been a good proving ground for several Impact alumni – Eric Young, Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode to name a few.
He may skip NXT and debut on the main roster. Some believe he will make his debut at the Royal Rumble, on Jan. 28.
There is also the potential Carter could sign with Ring of Honor or New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Carter will leave Impact with an impressive resume, wherever he goes, he’ll have multiple opportunities to add to it.
Abyss To Be Inducted Into Impact Wrestling Hall Of Fame
Impact Wrestling has announced that Abyss will be inducted to the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame, joining Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Team 3D, Earl Hebner and Gail Kim who have been inducted.
I’m absolutely over whelmed with the response to my upcoming @IMPACTWRESTLING Hall of Fame induction. Thank you ALL for your messages. This is one of the highlights of my career. I’m over come with emotion. Thank you to everyone who ever supported me. This is for all of YOU!!
— Abyss (@TherealAbyss) September 21, 2018
Abyss Discusses Impact Wrestling’s Turnaround
Abyss has been with Impact Wrestling for quite a long time, and is important to the brands momentum, both as a superstar and as a member of their creative team.
Abyss spoke to WrestleZone Radio about the turnaround that Impact has seen recently, and how he credits Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt and Don Callis for the recent surge.
“I’ll credit Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt, and Don Callis. They have really hunkered down, and you can see it in the production, you can see it in our commitment to moving the show around, and you can see it in the talent.
“Those guys really, really, really hunkered down and I think that our roster right now is as strong as any roster in the world. Guys like Pentagon, Fenix, Sami Callihan, Austin Aries, Moose and Eddie Edwards.
“I think our roster has really started to take shape in 2018 and I think it’s really starting to come together as a top notch roster. The women as well, with Tessa, Su Yung and Allie. We’ve got them in good places.”
You can hear the full interview below:
Aj Styles Talks TNA Negotiations Before WWE Signing
One of the biggest debuts in WWE history was the debut of Aj Styles at the Royal Rumble in 2016.
Styles was the face of TNA for many years and despite the company’s push to sign him at the last minute, he chose to go to WWE.
“When you want to become a lesser version of something else, and when I say that, I mean WWE Light, you’re not giving people an alternative.” Styles said (h/t Wrestling Inc) on Lillian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast.
“If they want to watch WWE they’re going to watch WWE. You’ve got to be something different, so, they [TNA] went with a regular square ring. I thought that was a big mistake. You [brought] in guys that I don’t know people wanted to see anymore because they had grown so used to a certain style of wrestling that was happening at TNA.
There were a lot of things that [brought] it down and it was guys like Christian and Kurt [Angle] who came over before all this happened that really sparked TNA and made it something bigger. It was growing because of them. But around 2009, 2010, around there, they forgot who they were and didn’t rely on the guys that got them there to the ballgame in the first place, the big game, anyway. And therefore, it started going downhill.”
“Despite all that, I saw myself as, ‘this is my home,’ and I was loyal to TNA,” Styles reflected. “But when you don’t allow me to provide for my family the way I think I should be able to by all the time and all the years I put in, well then, it’s not making much sense to me. And so, ultimately, that’s why I left, because they wanted me to take less than I was making. I hadn’t done anything wrong and I tried to be the best ambassador for the company that I could. A lot of things I thought I did right, but they didn’t see it that way, so I left. I bet on myself and I left.”
Styles also discussed the final push from TNA after his stint with NJPW.
“It wasn’t too long after that [NJPW stint] that TNA came back to me and said, ‘okay, we’ll give you pretty much when you’re asking for to come back.’” Styles elaborated, “I said, ‘well, I’m not coming back without somebody. I need Anderson and Gallows.’ I said, ‘I want them to come with me.’ We actually had a meeting over at Dixie Carter’s house. There were still some things we weren’t sure about and I had talked to WWE a little bit, but they hadn’t gotten back to me, so I just assumed they had other things going on. They didn’t need AJ Styles, which… WWE is a big place. I get it. I’m not the most important person in the world. I know that. But luckily, Triple H and I, we had a great conversation, like a 30-minute conversation the first time we talked. I said, ‘oh, this is going well.’ And within a week, the ball really started rolling.”
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