Numerous Big Name Talents Stiffed On Pay At New Evolution Pro Event

New Evolution Pro faced a show crisis at one of their events on November 13th. The show featured some big name talents who were booked for a scheduled match and appearances.

The New Evolution Pro show featured some of the top-tier wrestling stars of the industry namely, Josh Alexander, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Alberto Del Rio, Naomichi Marufuji and Ultimo Dragon. The talent were told that the event promoter had no money to pay the superstars for their appearances.

Fightful Select have now provided more information on the event.

There was a messy situation at a the November 13 New Evolution Pro show. During the show, several talent — including Ultimo Dragon, Josh Alexander, Katsuhiko Nakajima, Naomichi Marufuji, and Alberto Del Rio — were told that the promoter of the event had no money and they’re not getting paid. Talent found the promoter, who claimed to have a medical emergency, and left to go to the hospital, leaving all the money they’d made from signings to split between the wrestlers. We’re told Josh Alexander had to physically chase down and count the money to ensure that the audience that showed up at least got to see Ultimo Dragon and the NOAH talent. In all, the event was roughly $14,000 short of paying what was owed. The talent got together and still did a 6-man tag, which ended up being Josh Alexander, Ricardo Rodriguez and Alberto Del Rio against Ultimo Dragon, Nakajima and Marufuji. Alberto Del Rio cut a promo after the match and claimed no one was getting paid, which wasn’t true, but nobody was getting anywhere near what they were owed. Some of the talent signed free 8x10s in order to help the crowd out. We’re told that the NOAH talent specifically did not get paid, and the company itself will likely have to chase down payment for that.

Fightful Select

Despite such a messy situation, it is being said that Nakajimi, Marufuji and Dragon worked hard for the fans without any payday.

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