Josh Alexander and Ethan Page had been a tag-team for more than ten years before they went to their separate way. The IMPACT Heavyweight Heavyweight Champion joined Fightful's Wrestling Perspective Podcast with Lars Frederiksen and Dennis Farrell prior to his upcoming match at IMPACT's Hard to Kill against Bully Ray and spoke on various topics.
The eighteen-year veteran talked about his former partner, and gave insight into the friendship they had. He was asked if his former tag-team partner Ethan Page would have stayed at IMPACT if he would be a world champion today.
"Probably not. No, I wouldn't imagine I would. I think that The North run would have continued to go for at least, you know, a year, year and a half before we kind of split up and did, because like eventually everything runs its course, you know, I know there's like FTR and The Young Bucks and these tag teams that stayed together forever, but then you looked at me and him and we were both individuals that came together and we made a great tag team because we had chemistry and all this other stuff, but you know, I think at some point it would have come to an end, but I don't think it would materialize fast enough for me to be a world champion sitting here right now." Alexander said.
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When asked what caused The North to break up. The Heavyweight Champion shared that it was partially because of the different contracts, and things were not working out between them, as they were not getting along. Ethan Page would leave IMPACT Wrestling and debut at All Elite Wrestling's Revolution Pay-Per-View in March 2021.
"I think it was a little bit of both. His contract was up a year before mine. I signed exactly a year after him. We both signed three year deals, and his came up, and he was pretty vocal that he wanted to go elsewhere. He ended up going elsewhere, which was fine, but at the same time, we’ve been a tag team for about 10 years. We were successful in the Indies when we came to lMPACT. We took over that entire scene, and we found all the success in the world as a tag-team, and like I said, I think all good things run their course. Alexander said.
Alexander shared that the two-time IMPACT Tag-Team Champions have not really communicated since Page left the company.
Eventually, we were both two individuals, with two separate goals in two separate mindsets on pro wrestling, that began to clash toward the end, there. Where we weren't really getting along to the point where, you know, the friendship kind of broke away. So we went our separate way, and he's found all the success in the world at AEW. I'm sure he's happy, and you know, I'm doing what I'm doing and we're good. We haven't really communicated since he left the company. I saw him at a signing here or there. It's like, hey, how are you doing? Things are good. Yeah, I hope they're good. Like there's no ill will or anything. It's just, we're in separate sandboxes doing separate things with separate goals, and you know that’s it." Alexander said.
On if he thought there was a potential reunion with Page, because of the working relationship between IMPACT and AEW?
"I don’t. I think other people have the thought, I don't think anybody within management of the company, neither Ethan Page nor myself, had the thought that that was ever gonna materialize or be a thing. I've said it before, I think an FTR match would’ve been cool, but other than that, I honestly think it ran its course with the tag team and stuff." Alexander said.
Josh Alexander will defend his Impact Heavyweight Championship against Bully Ray at IMPACT’s Hard to Kill event on Friday, January 13th. You can see the card for the event by clicking here.