Johnny Impact was recently interviewed by Interactive Wrestling Radio on Wrestling Epicenter. You can see highlights of the interview below, and the full interview at this link.
Life as champion being special:
"It is always nice to stand on top of the mountain and drink a Diet Cola and revel in accomplishment! (laughs) It's been great. No one grows up and dreams of being a number one contender. So, it means a lot. I feel like I'm doing my best to be a brand ambassador to Impact. There are so many great things that has happened to Impact Wrestling in 2018. The up-swing. The shedding of negative connotations about Impact Wrestling. And now? Now I feel like we're in a good spot. Wrestling's hot right now."
Impact Wrestling's momentum going into 2019:
"I feel like the work that our roster has done in 2018 has a good shot of getting us on a network that has more eyeballs on it in 2019. Really, it comes down to putting on quality wrestling performances. The people that are watching and those that are coming to the shows have been really gracious in letting us know they're appreciative of the work that we're doing. It feels good to be a part of this company right now!"
Facing Brian Cage at Homecoming:
"Man, it's tough. He is someone I'm very familiar with. He's someone I consider a friend. BUT! They call it show business. They don't call it show friends! If I have to pick between him or me, I'm going to pick me. Brian went on record and said he was going to do whatever it takes to take the championship from me. So, I think it is safe to say we're going to set aside our friendship on January 6th. Maybe not our respect. I'll always respect Brian and I think he'd say the same about me win, lose, or draw at Homecoming. Brian is no joke. I think this is going to come down to my belief that the main event of a pay per view is more like a chess match than it is a power lifting contest. That, I think, is going to be my competitive advantage."