In the last hours the manager and organizer of the Starrcast convention, Conrad Thompson, has confirmed that Kurt Angle and The Undertaker will not be finalized in the shows. The reason for the withdrawal of both talents is that WWE has intervened and canceled the appearances already scheduled.
It is recalled that The Undertaker was confirmed on February 14, while Kurt Angle was added on April 1. The event will take place between May 23 and 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrated in the same week as the Double Or Nothing event of All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Although Starrcast is not an official part of AEW, it has wrestlers from the company and the event has a certain relationship, which has motivated WWE’s decision, according to Conrad Thompson.
Thompson has stated in statements to Sports Illustrated that he was contacted by WWE to cancel the appearance of both legends.
“The announcement went wide and viral,” said Starrcast founder Conrad Thompson. “I was told it had gotten WWE’s attention and that Vince McMahon texted The Undertaker about the appearance. ‘Taker’s representation, which is a company called Get Engaged, called to tell me, ‘WWE says he can’t do it. ‘.
“I had a friend discuss the situation with Vince McMahon, and I was assured the ‘heat’ wasn’t on me or my event but rather that The Undertaker shouldn’t be doing personal appearances outside of WWE,” Thompson told SI. “I was assured that damages would be covered, a suitable replacement offered, or some sort of compromise to make everyone happy.“
Thompson says he suggested Triple H or Stephanie McMahon as replacements, donating 100% of the profits to Connor’s Cure, to which a donation of equal value by Thompson would be added. However, WWE said that no talent would be allowed by its main brands. As a goal, Thompson points out that he asked Shawn Michaels since at the beginning he was going to be scheduled for the show:
“I asked to keep Kurt Angle and announce Shawn Michaels as the replacement for The Undertaker,” said Thompson. “I offered to book everyone ‘through the office.’. I wanted to play by the rules but I felt like I already had since each of these guys were actively marketing themselves for outside appearances via booking agents or their own social media. I have checked in daily for a week now and nothing is changing.”
As already reported by media such as Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Undertaker and Kurt Angle have signed new contracts with WWE, which allow the company has the right to cancel appearances of talents that are not of interest. Recently Inside the Ropes canceled the participation of The Undertaker in its table of “Questions and Answers” this coming week, but will still be available to sign.