Is Josh Alexander ready to lead IMPACT Wrestling?
In the closing moments of this past Saturday’s Victory Road event, X-Division champion Josh Alexander laid out challenge Christian Cage at Bound for Glory for the IMPACT World Heavyweight championship, utilizing “Option C.” The option is afforded to any X-Division champion, but the downside is they have to relinquish their title to do so. He will be relinquishing the title on the September 23 episode of IMPACT! on AXS TV.
This is undoubtedly the biggest match of Alexander’s life. While it may not be the match we all wanted to see when Kenny Omega began appearing in IMPACT, it is the next best thing and in some ways is a better story. A heel outsider in Omega vs. home-grown IMPACT babyface Alexander would have certainly told an awesome story. However, Alexander, who grew up in Toronto, idolized Christian Cage as a kid. While politics between promotions can certainly play a factor, I really only see the main event of Bound for Glory playing out one way, with Alexander defeating Christian and becoming IMPACT’s version of Bret Hart.
Is he the guy to lead IMPACT in to the future? With unmatched wrestling ability, improved mic skills, and unique badass babyface charisma, I would say “yes.” A win over a huge star like Cage with a big promotional engine will help educate fans who may not be familiar with him. Is he ready for the moment? Time will tell, but every obstacle that has been placed in front of him he has conquered.
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In July 2015, Alexander was forced to retire due to several neck injuries requiring surgery that from 2013. His last neck injury came during a tag match in which he and his Monster Mafia tag team partner Ethan Page faced Chris Sabin and Matt Sydal. After retiring he focused on his real life job as a construction worker, a job he had up until a few weeks ago. Eventually his love of pro wrestling took over and he returned to the scene in 2018 and then signed a three year deal with IMPACT in 2019. He re-formed his old tag team with partner Page, renamed The North. The duo won the tag team titles and held them for over a year but the pandemic marred what could have been a legendary reign.
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Josh Alexander’s amazing run as X-Division champ
In January 2021, Ethan Page’s contract with IMPACT expired. He opted to sign with AEW, leaving Alexander with no real direction. In Alexander’s first big post-North singles match, he lost to Brian Myers on the Hard to Kill pre-show. Things were not looking good for him, but after impressive matches with the likes of Karl Anderson, TJP, and others, IMPACT decided to build themselves a new homegrown star in Alexander. He won the first ever Triple Threat Revolver match at No Surrender, earning himself an X-Division title shot. That began his legendary string of matches, which if IMPACT were more popular, would be talked about by all the top publications.
The “Walking Weapon” won the X-division title at this years Rebellion pay-per-view in a three way match against Ace Austin and TJP. Since then he has successfully defended the title in fantastic matches against Ace Austin, a legendary Iron Man match with TJP, New Japan’s El Phantasmo, Ulitmate X at Slammiversary, AAA’s Black Taurus, Jake Something, and most recently Chris Sabin. Those matches are all rated 7 or higher on Cagematch.net, including a 9.18 on Cagematch.net for his Iron Man match with TJP. All matches have been decisive, with Alexander being the clear winner in each.
Victory Road review
Victory Road was top to bottom one of the best IMPACT Plus special the company has put on since they began their monthly exclusives in 2018. Every match was good to great. Storyline advancement, logical and entertaining (with one exception). We also got a fantastic show closing announcement to cap off an awesome world title match. Honestly, the show was so good I’d advise you to watch the full thing as it is well worth the $7.99 subscription for IMPACT Plus, but if you are pressed for time, watch the matches in the Hit list below:
Christian Cage vs. Ace Austin: Just an awesome main event world title match. Austin’s stock rose even in defeat as he had the veteran Christian struggling to keep up most of the match. The wise-old baby face was too smart and savvy for the young upstart and picked up the W. If I had a gripe its that I wanted to see more.
Josh Alexander vs. Chris Sabin: A perfect match to cap off a legendary title run for Alexander. Go out of your way to watch this one and keep it in mind for IMPACT match of the year considerations.
The Good Brothers v.s Rich Swann and Willie Mack: When the Good Brothers are on, they are a great tag team, and they were on in this match. Both teams brought their A-games. The Good Brothers retained. This feud appears to be over.
Five-Way X-Division Scramble: Laredo Kid defeated Jake Something, John Skyler, Trey Miguel, and Black Taurus. Just an exciting match bell to bell with tons of wild high flying moves.
Moose and Morrissey vs. Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan: In the middle of what was becoming another very good match on the show, Morrissey attacked Alisha Edwards and power bombed her in the middle of the ring right in front of the referee. The match was halted as referees, who may or may not have EMT training, came to check on lifeless Alisha. A distraught Eddie grabbed Alisha and carried her to the back a la Randy Savage and Elizabeth in 1989. Callihan was left alone to finish the match, which should have been stopped, and was defeated. Just a weird angle that played out at the wrong time and executed poorly. I’m all for getting heat on Alisha Edwards, but this just didn’t work for me.
- Sami Callihan broke his ankle in a match this past Saturday at the IMPACT tapings in Nashville. He had to have surgery and will be out until spring 2022 according to Dave Meltzer.
- Adam Scherr, Buddy Matthews, and the Inspiration were not at this weekends tapings.
- Jonah Rock, the free agent formerly known as Bronson Reed told Busted Open Radio that he would fit great in IMPACT.
- In other non-match spoiler news from the tapings, AEW’s Christopher Daniels, former NXT star Alex Zayne, NJPW’s El Phantasmo, Mercedes Martinez, VSK, and Lady Frost all returned to the company this weekend.
- Masha Slamovich was offered a contract in the ring after her match on Friday night. She was a part of the upcoming Knockouts Knockdown special. No word on if she has actually signed it. Would be the most IMPACT thing ever to publicly offer a contract to a talent without knowing if she would actually agree to it.
- Tommy Dreamer has publicly apologized for his comments during Dark Side of the Ring last week. He is still indefinitely suspended from IMPACT and Busted Open radio.
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