Michael Elgin filed a lawsuit against Impact Wrestling on February 8th in the Circuit Court of Davidson County, Tennessee as he claims the promotion breached their contract by removing him from its programming in June 2020. This was after there were allegations made against him during the #SpeakingOut movement.
He is seeking “not less than” five million dollars in compensatory damages, according to court documents obtained by PWinsider.com.
“A career in wrestling is not comparable to a normal employment opportunity. The wrestler’s reputation and fame is dependent upon the entertainment and content company to deliver television programming to the mutual benefit of the wrestler and entertainment company,” the lawsuit notes.
Elgin also claimed that Impact prevented him from working for Pro Wrestling NOAH in December 2020, which caused damage to his reputation in Japan.
In June 2020, Impact announced the termination of Joey Ryan and Dave Crist after allegations were made against them during the movement. At the same time, Impact revealed that Elgin was suspended pending a further investigation. Four days later, Impact released a statement noting that Elgin would no longer appear on its programming.
The lawsuit alleged Scott D’Amore telling Elgin that there “would be no investigation into allegations” and alleged D’Amore later confirming there was no investigation, stating in an email to Elgin that “the company’s decision not to utilize you in further programming was not based on any investigation beyond the public disclosures (and your responses thereto) at the time.”
Elgin issued a statement on social media earlier this week regarding Impact making it look like he had been fired from the company. His contract with Impact was slated to expire in April 2022, but he claimed he has not received payment from the company since February 15, 2022 because of the lawsuit, which led to him to be a free agent sooner than expected.
I woke up a free agent. I was set to be contract free as of April 15th 2022, but due to moving forward with a lawsuit my contract is up now. Please read pic.twitter.com/V2LoRb2A3D
— Big Mike (@MichaelElgin25) March 1, 2022
Elgin also released a lengthy video on YouTube this week where he explained his reasons for filing the lawsuit.