Ace Austin calls Josh Alexander his toughest opponent to date.
At IMPACT Rebellion, TJP and Josh Alexander will challenge Ace Austin for the X-Division Title. Thus far, Josh Alexander is the only one of the three that has yet to hold singles gold in IMPACT.
For the majority of his career, Alexander was paired with Ethan Page as a member of The North. That tag team would go on to make history and have the longest reigning singular championship run for any tag team in the history of IMPACT.
Speaking about the upcoming match to Inside The Ropes, Austin put over the toughness of Alexander and stated that even though Ethan Page was the mouthpiece for the tag team, Alexander was the Workhorse and has the backstory of coming back from a very difficult neck injury.
“I’m glad you used the word ‘toughest’ because that really is what I think of when I think of Josh Alexander. Even looking past his… I mean, you can’t look past his technical prowess. He is – he and TJP both are like strategically, mechanically, some of the absolute best ever to do it. The thing about Josh Alexander is what sets him apart from everybody else besides that technical ability even is that toughness that he has. He and Ethan Page were so successful together.
“It’s really easy to just think that he’ll flounder in a singles setting because Ethan Page was the mouthpiece, Ethan Page was the voice of the North, but Josh is – you can’t look past how damn tough he is, he was the marathon man of that team. He was the one that could go, go, go, and just not be stopped. So I think that is going to be my biggest threat in this match is – what will it take to keep Josh Alexander down? Because I’ve seen him go through… I mean, just his career, the things that he’s been through, the broken neck, being so close to retirement and having to just give it up and then fighting back from that, you know, I can’t compare anything I’ve been through to that yet.”
Ace Austin has big plans for the X-Division gold. Recently, he told Chris Van Vliet that he intends on using Option C to trade in his current championship for a shot at the World Title. Learn more here.
IMPACT Rebellion will take place on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Fightful will have live coverage of the event.