The wrestling free agent pool just got a little bit bigger with Eli Drake officially announcing that his time with Impact is officially over and that he is now a free agent, ready to take bookings.
The beginning of the end for Drake’s tenure in Impact Wrestling came when he didn’t want to work an intergender match against Tessa Blanchard at United We Stand. Drake would eventually be fired from the company via email on April 7.
Things soured quickly between the two sides and Impact Wrestling would work on locking Drake in a non-compete clause due to breach of contract. Still, Drake would work a fatal four-way match with Maverick Pro Wrestling on May 11, 2019, his first match following his tenure in Impact Wrestling.
Fast forward less than one month and it would appear that Drake and Impact Wrestling have parted ways in a more respectable way than previously indicated and the veteran would release an official statement via Twitter.
This is an interesting twist given how bad the circumstances appeared prior to this statement.
“After [four] years with Impact Wrestling, some ups, some downs, I would like to thank them for the overall great experience. Through those years, I had the fortune of carrying [three] different title belts, having my own talk show (Facts of Life), and was always given the trust to craft my own promos, virtually from day 1. I appreciate the chance that was taken on me and the trust I was given, as well as the friends and experiences I gained along the way. I wish Impact Wrestling nothing but continued success and growth going forward.
Today I am OFFICIALLY a FREE AGENT”
Drake would originally join Impact Wrestling in 2015 and joined together with Drew McIntyre (then Drew Galloway) alongside Tanga Loa as “The Rising” stable. From there, he’d go on to eventually become the GFW Global Champion which was, at the time, the top belt in Impact Wrestling.
Drake worked in WWE briefly, teaming with Jon Moxley in a match against the Big Show back in 2006, working in a dark match on ECW in 2008 alongside Gene Snitsky against Cryme Tyme, appearing in a promo between CM. Punk and Kevin Nash in 2011 and also reporting to the WWE Performance Center under the ring name Slate Randall, appearing as a jobber in NXT.
Whether he decides to return to WWE for another tenure with the company, potentially reach out to AEW or explore other options on the independent circuit isn’t yet known at this time. For now, though, Drake, whose real name is Shaun Ricker, is officially back on the open market.