Josh Alexander spoke with Sports Illustrated following his victory over TJP and Ace Austin to capture the X-Division Championship at the IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion 2021 pay-per-view on Sunday night.
During the interview, "The Walking Weapon" claimed he solidified his spot in the pro wrestling landscape with his victory at the PPV, talks about having an immense amount of respect for TJP, reveals what he feels to be the best match of all-time, speaks on his intentions of putting the X-Division back on the map and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the new interview with IMPACT Wrestling X-Division Champion "The Walking Weapon" Josh Alexander.
On solidifying his spot in the pro wrestling landscape with his victory in the X-Division Championship match at the IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion 2021 PPV on Sunday night: "This is me solidifying my spot in the pro wrestling landscape as a singles competitor. I’ve been known for being part of a tag team because of all the success The North had, but I also had 14 years on the independent circuit before I came to Impact. I always knew I had this within me—that when the pressure was on, I’d rise to the occasion."
On the AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels triple-threat match from the early days of IMPACT Wrestling being the best match of all-time: "That’s the greatest three-way match of all time. The monkey flip where I caught TJ, they did that same spot. They did it straight into the rana, but I added a little flair by powering TJ, taking a kick, and then he rana’d me. “When Samoa Joe came to the X Division, that gave me the burning desire to be a pro wrestler. So having that throwback to the Unbreakable match, that was a way to pay respect to this division."
On having an immense amount of respect for TJP: "I have an immense amount of respect for TJP, we have a chemistry in the ring I can’t describe, and Ace is a once-in-a-lifetime athletic talent who’s still finding his feet in this business, but he’s already had so much success,” Alexander says. “Having the three of us in there, to play off each other and challenge each other, I think we made magic."
On not believing anything until it actually happens: "I’ve been in wrestling long enough to know that you don’t believe anything until it actually happens. So I’d known for about a week, but the reaction when I won was as genuine as can be. And it was so great to see my two sons, holding up their own toy belts, celebrating at home with my wife."
On his intentions to put the X-Division back on the map in IMPACT Wrestling: "There was an incredible amount of hype around this pay-per-view, and there were so many extra eyes on this show, so I wanted to give people their money’s worth,” Alexander says. “This was my chance to establish myself in a division that revolutionized the pro wrestling business. AJ Styles, Low Ki, Amazing Red, Samoa Joe, they all found their success in the X Division, and they were always the match of the night. I would like to return the X Division to its glory. This is the workhorse division. I’m going to bust my ass and try to steal every show I’m on."
Check out the complete interview at SI.com.
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