Inspire Pro Wrestling, based out of Austin, Texas, posted the following statement on social media, confirming MJF would not appear at the show tonight. In addition, since he will be exclusive to AEW in the Fall, his appearance cannot be rescheduled and MJF has vacated the Pure Prestige Championship, and Inspire is working on a replacement for the scheduled title match against Ricky Starks.
BREAKING NEWS: AS THE ADDAGE GOES, “CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE.” At approximately 4:07 this morning, INSPIRE PRO was delivered the unfortunate news that PURE PRESTIGE CHAMPION MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN sustained a severe elbow injury at last night’s FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN event.
With MJF scheduled to appear at next week’s TRIPLEMANIA, the decision was made to pull him from tonight’s event to prevent any further injury. THEREFORE, MJF will NOT be defending his PURE PRESTIGE CHAMPIONSHIP tonight against RICKY STARKS.
With MJF soon to become exclusive to AEW, the opportunity to reschedule the match is not possible. Therefore, MJF and INSPIRE have come to a mutual agreement to VACATE the PURE PRESTIGE TITLE.
TONIGHT’S MAIN EVENT will STILL determine who the rightful PURE PRESTIGE CHAMPION WILL BE. RICKY STARKS will wrestle for the vacant title against a competitor TO BE ANNOUNCED at our event.
INSPIRE PRO is working diligently to come up with a suitable and logical replacement in the meantime. INSPIRE PRO OFFICIALS apologize for the change, but it was out of our hands, unfortunately.
NEVERTHELESS, we’ll still be delivering one hell of a card tonight with a few surprises along the way, and there will be a NEW PURE PRESTIGE CHAMPION at the end of the night. BE THERE TO SEE WHO WILL FACE RICKY STARKS to determine the NEW CHAMPION!
It’s unclear when MJF got injured in his match but we will continue to update the situation as more information is released. MJF teamed with Sammy Guevara, and Shawn Spears to defeat Darby Allin, Jimmy Havoc, and Joey Janela on last night’s show.
.@The_MJF is so disrespectful 🤣
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) July 14, 2019
BREAKING NEWS: AS THE ADDAGE GOES, “CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE.”
At approximately 4:07 this morning, INSPIRE PRO was delivered the unfortunate news that PURE PRESTIGE CHAMPION MAXWELL JACOB FRIEDMAN sustained a severe elbow injury at last night’s FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN event.
— Inspire A.D. (@InspireADWres) July 14, 2019