UPDATE: Gabe Sapolsky posted the following
“OFFICIAL STATEMENT: It is with deep regret that DGUSA
must inform our audience of the unfortunate fact Dragon Gate (Japan) talent will
not be able to perform on WrestleMania weekend shows. We are in the process of
adjusting the lineups and guarantee we will make sure we deliver to you nothing
less than top quality shows this coming weekend, as has become our reputation.
We will have announcements shortly.
We have already announced the 1st
time ever matchup pitting Masato Tanaka against Chris Hero on the Friday night
DGUSA show. As the entire pro wrestling world converges on New Orleans this
week, the last thing our audience wants to hear or read about is promotional
drama. We know you have practically unlimited choices this coming week, and we
are going to make sure all those who chose and choose to support DGUSA are
rewarded with the best experience we can possibly provide.
mission has always been to earn our fans one at a time. We continue to strive to
do so, and thank you for your support during the most exciting week of the year
to be a pro wrestling fan!”
Sapolsky posted the following on his Facebook this evening…
apologize, but it looks like there will not be Dragon Gate talent on the shows
next weekend. This has been an ongoing situation for a while. It is not between
us and Dragoon Gate. Our relationship remains strong and DGUSA will continue and
will feature Dragon Gate talent in the future. This has been a daily thing where
every day we think something was about to break. Now the clock has run out. We
owe you a complete explanation and will have that on Monday.
meantime, we know you only care about two things- what the lineups are going to
be and how we will make this up to you. We took the first step as a precaution
by booking Masato Tanaka to face Chris Hero on the Friday night DGUSA show. We
need to thank Highspots for making this possible. We are now finalizing the
rest. We will have word to you on Monday.
I personally apologize and am
very embarrassed by this entire situation. As an organization, we deeply
apologize. The bottom line is that we will rebound and we will have amazing
shows in New Orleans with a talented, exciting and dynamic roster. We will give
you a great experience and present events that you will always remember
We appreciate and value your patience. We would have said more
earlier, but this is something where we literally thought there would be a
resolution and announcement on a daily basis. I realize this is not a suitable
explanation for some of you and will accept the criticism and try to make it
right. It is the best we can do right at this moment.
We’ll give you the
entire story on Monday when we have everything situated. I will be around for
all your questions and comments on Twitter and here on Facebook after we release
the lineups and explain what happened. Thank you for all your support and we
will make this right on the biggest weekend of the year.”