Fuel has been added to the rumors that Ethan Carter will be in the Royal Rumble after he pulled out of a show taking the place on the same night.
Impact Wrestling simply doesn't seem to be able to keep hold of their top wrestlers right now. Almost every time WWE comes calling, various Impact stars answer and make the move to the promotion's rivals. Let's be honest, who can blame them? WWE is the biggest game in town and the ultimate goal for pretty much ever pro wrestler in the business right now is to end up there.
The latest names who seem to have all but signed for WWE after recently departing Impact are Ethan Carter III, Bobby Lashley, and Rockstar Spud. While none of the three men have officially been confirmed as WWE Superstars it is expected that all of them will be announced at various points in the coming weeks. Lashley cannot compete for WWE until at least Feb. 1, 2018, but that is not the case for Carter.
EC3 is already well and truly free of his Impact contract and anything that came after it so can do whatever he likes, whenever he likes. On top of that, according to Wrestling Edge, the former TNA World Champion has reportedly canceled an independent date he previously had booked on Jan. 28, 2018. The relevance of that date? It's the night of this year's Royal Rumble.
This cancellation has, of course, fueled rumors that EC3 will be making his WWE debut in the Royal Rumble match. Well, technically it would actually be his re-debut. Carter has actually been a WWE Superstar before under the ring name Derrick Bateman. Most of Carter's time there was spent as a performer on the NXT brand, long before it was the juggernaut that it is today and back when it worked under a completely different, seasons based format.
If the way other former Impact Wrestling stars have been booked recently is anything to go by, then EC3 and his friends should be very excited about potentially signing for WWE. No longer are wrestlers from TNA looked down upon (at least not to the extent that they used to be) and one of them is currently the WWE Champion in AJ Styles. TNA has had a big impact on WWE's current product, although not in the way they would have likely always dreamed of.