Josh Alexander is ready to make history in Ultimate X.
At Slammiversary 2021, Josh Alexander will defend his IMPACT X-Division Championship against TJP, Ace Austin, Rohit Raju, Chris Bey, and veteran Petey Williams in the signature match of the X-Division, Ultimate X.
Alexander, who has said in the past that he takes great inspiration from former champions such as Samoa Joe, told Tommy Dreamer on the most recent episode of the House of Hardcore podcast that he is looking forward to making his mark on this exclusive match type as somebody who grew up a fan of TNA Wrestling.
“The Ultimate X is an IMPACT exclusive match. I think there have been 45 in the history of IMPACT, which is insane to me because I probably remember 10. I just remember seeing the very first one and being completely blown away because I've seen 100 cage matches, I've seen 100 table matches, I've seen, now, 100 TLC matches, but as for Ultimate X matches, there’s just so many new possibilities of things that can be invented in a pro wrestling match with this stipulation, with this X over the ring.
He continued, “Ever since I signed with IMPACT, I've jokingly [said] at every turn, if you're doing an Ultimate X, I want in,’ just because I was such a big fan of TNA back in the day. “It was definitely a bucket list thing I want to check off, maybe not with 5 challengers coming in to try to take my championship. That's not completely ideal, but with this X-Division Title reign, much like the Tag Team Title reign, I would like to go down in the history books as one of the best X-Division Champions of all time and if I'm going to do that, I should probably do it in a match like this with all of these challengers and all of this other stuff going on. So, I am excited for it. I know it is going to be crazy. I know I'm going to be really sore afterward because I have some insane ideas that if we can get in and pull off, it's going to be awesome.”
Alexander would also weigh in on the effect that the audience will have on the match as this will be the first show in front of a live crowd since the start of the pandemic.
“Especially with the adrenaline rush of that first live crowd in like 16 months. I think the entire show is going to be insane and on a different level but I think that also that match is just, it's going to be a little extra crazy that night especially because of the crowd.”
The Slammiversary card will be headlined by Kenny Omega in his first match outside of AEW in front of a live audience in over a year, against Sami Callihan for the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship.
Fightful will have live coverage of IMPACT Slammiversary beginning on Saturday, July 17 at 8 p.m. eastern time.
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