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Moose replacing Alex Shelley in Impact Hard to Kill main event

Impact Wrestling announced Friday that Moose will replace Alex Shelley in this Saturday's main event of Hard To Kill.

They said Shelley told them last night that "due to unavoidable circumstances, he would be unable to travel to Nashville" for the high-profile main event that would have pitted himself, Chris Sabin and Impact World Champion Rich Swann against AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and Impact Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers.

In storyline, Moose and Swann are feuding. Moose earned a title shot at last Saturday's Genesis in an I Quit match with Willie Mack despite losing as Swann offered him the opportunity if he quit the match and stopped attacking an unconscious Mack.

The bout will serve as Omega's Impact in-ring debut to further a storyline that has been in place since he won the AEW title over Jon Moxley in early-December and further aligned himself with Don Callis.

The Hard To Kill lineup as of now:

  • AEW World Champion Kenny Omega & Impact Tag Team Champions The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows) vs. Impact World Champion Rich Swann, Chris Sabin and Moose
  • Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo vs. Taya Valkyrie
  • X-Division Champion Manik vs. Rohit Raju and Chris Bey in a triple threat match
  • Knockouts Tag Team title tournament finals: Havok and Nevaeh vs. Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz
  • Eddie Edwards vs. Sami Callihan in a barbed wire match
  • Eric Young, Joe Doering and Cody Deaner vs. Tommy Dreamer, Rhino and Cousin Jake in a no DQ match
  • Ethan Page vs. The Karate Man
  • Rosemary and Crazzy Steve vs. Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb With A K
  • Josh Alexander vs. Brian Myers on the countdown show