EC3 (Ethan Carter III), finished up his tapings for Impact Wrestling and has left the company after a five-year tenure. It's now expected that EC3 - who spent three years in NXT - will come back to the WWE. PWInsider.com reported that he has no further obligations for Impact and can now sign anywhere he wants.
Dixie Carter - the former president of TNA/Impact and previous storyline aunt of EC3 - shared this touching tweet as he presumably heads to the WWE:
With the Royal Rumble pay-per-view set to take place on Jan. 28, it's certainly possible that EC3 heads over to the WWE and makes his debut in the nearby future. It's also being rumored that Bobby Lashley (who also just departed from Impact), could come back to WWE, though PWInsider noted that he cannot sign elsewhere until Feb. 1.
Carter and EC3 were part of the villainous Team Dixie faction in TNA. The stable lasted a year, and included other top wrestling talents in Bobby Roode and Rockstar Spud - who have both since joined WWE.
EC3 was one of Impact's top main event stars, winning two TNA World Heavyweight Championships and an Impact Grand title. He also headlined the 2015 and 2016 Bound for Glory pay-per-view shows.
Since last year - and soon after Impact Wrestling was bought by Anthem Sports & Entertainment - a large number of stars have left the promotion. On top of EC3 and Lashley, this includes Matt and Jeff Hardy, Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett, Rockstar Spud, James Storm and other big stars.
As some of the top name in Impact Wrestling leave the promotion, rival companies like the WWE and Ring of Honor have wasted no time signing these stars. Impact has made plenty of major changes since bringing Scott D'Amore and Don Callis as the new executive vice presidents, and more are sure to follow.