Undertaker and Kurt Angle have pulled out of Starrcast 2 over the weekend of AEW’s Double or Nothing.
The events organiser Conrad Thompson has said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated:
“thanks to the influence of WWE, the performers are missing out on substantial income and the fans are being punished.”
He also noted that he was informed that Vince McMahon was not happy with Undertaker having taken the booking but that the ‘heat’ was not on Conrad or Starrcast but that Undertaker just shouldn’t be doing non-WWE approved appearances.
The new contracts signed by Taker and Kurt allow WWE to withhold talents from events which do not best serve the company’s interests and they have exercised that right.
This follows from Undertaker having to be pulled from his UK Tour Q&A with inside the ropes last week, undertaking only a photo-op and not the originally planned on-stage portion of the show.
Thompson notes that WWE have assured him damaged would be covered and they would find a suitable replacement or other such compromise.
He has also stated that he had approached Shawn Michaels for a possible appearance but he was not comfortable with it due to the close proximity to the AEW event.
AEW’s Double or Nothing PPV takes place on May 25th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Conrads Starrcast 2 event takes place the same weekend from Caesars Palace and the Tuscany Suites.