Gabe Sapolsky Addresses Issues With David Starr: “He’s A Rat Looking To Exploit Whatever He Can To Stay Relevant”

Head of EVOLVE and WWE consultant Gabe Sapolsky issued a lengthy statement on Twitter today addressing his issues with indie superstar David Starr, who has constantly berated Sapolsky in the past for taking advantage of talent, including failing to properly compensate wrestlers. A recent conversation between Starr and former IMPACT champion Brian Cage took place discussing a union for workers, as well as confirming stories of Sapolsky.

Sapolksy begins by explaining his backstory with Starr:

Here’s the Max Barsky, AKA David Starr story. He doesn’t give a damn about wrestler pay. This is all an act. If there was an ounce of sincerity in any of this I would pay attention to it. It’s also not factual and all in broad strokes. Max Barsky, AKA David Starr, emailed me relentlessly to be in EVOLVE a few years ago. I gave him a shot and he ignored booking instructions. This is among the other shots he had, which he failed at. I was on the fence about him, though.

He reveals that Starr was involved in a scandal with a female fan, an incident that stopped Sapolsky from ever booking Starr again.

Max Barsky, AKA David Starr, was then involved in a social media scandal with a female fan. I valued this fan and Barsky came off as a total scumbag so his chance of being booked was basically zero.

He continued…

In addition, I’ve had numerous talents complain to me about Max Barsky, AKA David Starr, stiffing them, giving them concussions and then actually blaming them for these accidents. I watched his heralded match with WALTER where he selfishly no sold to get himself over. This isn’t even the match where he went into business for himself and stepped on the UK title. So there is no chance I’ll ever book Max Barsky. In fact, it’s known he had to move to the UK to get full-time work cause he failed at his PC tryout, at Impact and at ROH.

Why AEW isn’t interested in him I don’t know. Maybe they are. Add to this the embarrassing and offensive picture of Max Barsky taking a selfie crying at a Holocaust memorial and I was finished with him. Max Barsky can only stay in the headlines and relevant by creating controversy. He knows he’s never going to work for me and most likely anything I’m associated with. If he was truly interested in wrestler pay he has my email. He could have emailed me to discuss things. He wants headlines. He lies to get them. He stretches the truth. He exaggerates. He uses terms like “Fraud” about me when a simple Google search or seeing what Meltzer reported would show there is no basis. He plugs his shirt saying I “reportedly” told talent not to where it.

Reported where? By who? This is a carny shirt plug. I had getting dragged down in this as I try to stay away from negativity but now he’s pushed too far and I need to get the truth out there. We promote 2 shows a month in different markets. No indie does this. I negotiate all terms at the time of the booking. If I can’t meet a wrestler’s price, I understand and it’s business. I don’t expect any deals. If they can’t work for what we pay, I understand & it’s business. It’s how I’ve been doing this since 2002 while everyone else has come and gone. It’s how I am in the position I am now. We deliver everything we promise if there’s 6 paid tickets at Style Battle or whatever.

We have a unique stage and I want to give as many people the opportunity as possible to be on it. So yes, there might be 1-3 spots we don’t pay for on a show. These are spots that are all over budget and otherwise wouldn’t exist. They do not take spots from paid wrestlers.

Sapolsky has since deleted his tweets and apologized for his rant.

I apologize for my unprofessional rant. I pride myself on staying above it. I am ashamed of it. I also assure you that everyone on EVOLVE shows will be paid. Thank you for your support over the years. I look forward to getting back to what I love and working shows.

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