MLW talent Arez took to Twitter on Wednesday to post a public statement asking Major League Wrestling for his release and describing his issues with the company.
Arez noted that he requested his release six months ago, but it was denied. He also revealed that he hasn’t wrestled for MLW in eighteen months but is still under contract.
According to Arez, MLW never gave him a Spanish version of the contract he signed in 2021, and the wrestler lacked a US work visa at the time of his signing.
You can check out Arez’s full statement below:
“To the General Public:
I find myself forced to address the following situation publicly, with the hopes that a resolution can finally be found. I join the recent wave of fellow professional wrestlers that just like me, have requested their release from Major League Wrestling “MLW”) and its President and Owner, Court Bauer. Firstly, I would like to very sincerely thank Mr. Bauer for his interest in my career more than 2 years ago when he invited me to join MLW. In Spring of 2021, AAA presented me an offer on behalf of MLW to join their roster for 3 years. Although I did not understand the contract, as it was never presented to me in Spanish and I am not an English speaker, and even though I did not have a work visa at the time of signing that would even allow me to accept a job offer in the USA, I told AAA that I was very interested and I signed said contract.
The salary I was offered contractually was considerably below my indie rate, but I accepted it as I hope to see my career grow by being a part of MLW. The reality is that MLW has not offered me any matches in over 18 months, and I see no interest whatsoever in offering me any work. With this situation and knowing how much work it has cost me to survive based on my income as an independent wrestler, I respectfully requested my release to Mr. Bauer more than 6 months ago, which he refused. MLW has refused to cancel my contract in writing, even though I don’t even believe it has any legal weight as I was ineligible for work in the US at the time of signing and a Spanish translation was never presented to me. If I had the resources and team to challenge this in court, I’m sure the outcome would be favorable, but since I do not have these resources, I’m forced to air this problem publicly since my family’s well-
being is what is at stake. Reading the multiple reports about the recent wave of MLW talent similarly requesting their releases, I find myself obligated to join these voices and find a resolution to what I believe is an unfortunate situation for all parties.
I hope my fans and fans of Lucha Libre in general understand and can support me and any other wrestler caught in a similar situation of being tied to a company that has no interest in giving them work. I hereby request once more to Mr. Court Bauer my full release in writing from MLW.
Taking to Twitter, MLW later responded to Arez’s request for a release, noting that both he and Aramis were released in May, but Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide did not inform them.
The company tweeted,
“MLW notified AAA in May that both Arez and Aramis were released from the MLW contracts as AAA is a co-signee on both contracts. AAA confirmed they would relay this to talent at that time. Evidently they did not. We wish Aramis and Arez the best with the future.”
Comunicado sobre mi Estatus: @MLW @courtbauer
En Español: pic.twitter.com/uoauqh5SUE
— King Strange (@ArezStrange) November 8, 2023
In English…@MLW @courtbauer pic.twitter.com/ArkzoKGQve
— King Strange (@ArezStrange) November 8, 2023
MLW notified AAA in May that both Arez and Aramis were released from the MLW contracts as AAA is a co-signee on both contracts.
AAA confirmed they would relay this to talent at that time. Evidently they did not.
We wish Aramis and Arez the best with the future.
— MLW (@MLW) November 8, 2023
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MLW talent Arez recently made a public statement on Twitter, requesting his release from Major League Wrestling (MLW) and expressing his grievances with the company. Arez revealed that he had requested his release six months ago, but it was denied. Despite not wrestling for MLW in the past eighteen months, he is still under contract.
One of the issues highlighted by Arez is that MLW never provided him with a Spanish version of the contract he signed in 2021. As a non-English speaker, this lack of translation made it difficult for him to fully understand the terms and conditions. Additionally, Arez mentioned that he did not have a US work visa at the time of signing the contract, which raises questions about the legality and validity of the agreement.
Arez expressed his disappointment with MLW’s lack of interest in offering him any matches or work opportunities. He stated that the salary offered to him in the contract was considerably lower than his usual rate as an independent wrestler. Given the financial strain he has experienced due to the lack of work, Arez respectfully requested his release from MLW to pursue other opportunities.
In response to Arez’s request, MLW took to Twitter to clarify that both Arez and Aramis were released from their contracts in May. MLW notified Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, who co-signed the contracts, about the releases. However, it seems that AAA did not relay this information to the talent involved. MLW wished both Arez and Aramis the best for their future endeavors.
This situation adds to a recent wave of MLW talent requesting their releases, highlighting what appears to be an unfortunate situation for all parties involved. Arez hopes that his fans and Lucha Libre enthusiasts can understand and support him and other wrestlers who find themselves tied to a company that shows no interest in providing them with work.
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In conclusion, Arez’s public statement sheds light on the challenges he has faced with MLW, including the lack of matches, language barriers, and visa issues. The response from MLW indicates that there may have been miscommunication between the company and AAA regarding the releases. It remains to be seen how this situation will be resolved and what the future holds for Arez and other wrestlers in similar situations.