Josh Alexander Thought He Would Be Sitting On The Bench In IMPACT After Ethan Page Left For AEW

Josh Alexander was worried he’d be on the bench after Ethan Page left IMPACT.

Josh Alexander is the current X-Division Champion in IMPACT Wrestling but prior to that, he was a tag team specialist alongside Ethan Page as The North. When Ethan Page left IMPACT for AEW, Alexander smoothly transitioned to his singles role, but he was worried he’d be on the sidelines.

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"I have learned in my last 16 years of professional wrestling to expect nothing out of professional wrestling {laughs}," Alexander tells Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture. "As a wrestler, you deserve nothing and to expect the worst because you might be let down at every turn. And I have been several times. The only scary part when I realized I was going on my own was that I thought I might be sitting on the bench for quite some time until I got my opportunity. Luckily, thank whoever, I got an opportunity very quickly and I knew once I got the opportunity I could perform and show what I can do and show that I can do great things. So I got that opportunity very quickly and I built upon that and it all just led to Rebellion when I won the X-Division championship in that 3-way and that led to the iron man match and now it's leading to Ultimate X at Slammiversary."

Furthermore, Alexander would say that the pressure to steal the show as X-Division Champion is what currently drives him in his role in IMPACT Wrestling.

"There is this immense pressure on me especially at Slammiversary in the Ultimate X to go out there and steal the show because the 3-way at Rebellion was regarded as a show-stealer, the iron man match also garnered so much attention as one of the best matches of the year, like you said there are a lot of eyes on me right now to just go out there and keep doing this and keep building the momentum. There's this immense pressure to go out there and perform and show that I can build upon every single match and keep getting better and better and keep performing. Luckily, throughout my career, anytime my back has been pushed upon the wall, anytime I feel that pressure I always seem to rise to the occasion. I am a very competitive person, as a professional wrestler, in anything, I am very competitive that's what kind of fuels me."

Recently, Alexander stated he has "show-stealing" ideas for Ultimate X. Learn more here.

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