Impact Wrestling announced today that they had terminated the contract of Eli Drake.
After debuting with Impact in March 2015, Eli soon became no stranger to success in the promotion. He's previously held the World Championship, the King of the Mountain Championship, and the World Tag Team Championships alongside Scott Steiner of all people. In addition to this, he was also victorious in the 2016 and 2017 Gauntlet for the Gold Matches, and captured one of four briefcases in the 2016 and 2018 Feast or Fired Match and the 2017 Race for the Case Match.
The announcement of his release sort of came out of nowhere. The Namer of Dummies recently made headlines for refusing to face Tessa Blanchard in an Intergender Match at the company's United We Stand event, with the former Knockouts Champion instead facing Joey Ryan in a winning effort.
In an interview with The Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Drake revealed that his contract expired on 31 May, and that he was considering his options should the relationship between he and Impact come to an end. He'll now have to consider those options sooner than expected.