Alex Shelley had to miss Hard To Kill, but his reasons were not 100% explained. This led to a few conspiracy theories, and now Shelley has revealed everything there is to know about why he missed the pay-per-view.

The Motor City Machine Gun member explained that he is a physical therapist in his real job. Due to a change of policies, he was unable to make the Impact Wrestling Hard To Kill event.

He addressed all of the conspiracy theories about his absence, and he assured fans that they are not true. He had to miss for a very good reason, and it couldn’t have been avoided.

Most days out of the week, I look like this. I read theories about why I wasn’t at @IMPACTWRESTLING for Hard to Kill. They ranged from injury, to illness, to getting arrested, to harming my family members and attempting to cover it up; I am a physical therapy clinician.

Physio is my livelihood and career. Wrestling is my livelihood and passion project. At my company, due to the volume of sick and injured patients we are in care of, we modify our COVID-19 mandates as needed. As numbers went up, so did restrictiveness.

To circumvent the topic, I could not be at Hard To Kill due to my career. I respect the decisions made by our company surgeons and doctors: I look to them for advice and guidance. I am unable to travel and wrestle until I am vaccinated. I took every caution I could before…

But I don’t feel right maintaining this duality unless I take every possible safety measure. When the vaccine became available, that required extra security on my end and my company’s end for our patients. I honestly don’t want to get the vaccine so soon…

But I want to wrestle very badly while I help people in therapy. So there’s no option. @IMPACTWRESTLING was supportive and understanding and as someone who doesn’t have nor want a contract at this point, my hands were tied. Thanks for your support everyone.

Alex Shelley’s absence at Hard To Kill was covered by Moose in that main event match. Moose was a fine stand-in, and they were able to work it into his angle with Rich Swann as well.

Alex Shelley isn’t sick, injured, or arrested. He is doing okay and taking care of his life outside of the pro wrestling business. Sometimes that can’t be avoided.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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