“Speedball” Mike Bailey praises the X-Division.
Mike Bailey is one of the newest additions to the IMPACT X-Division and he says that he believes it is the very best division in all of wrestling right now.
In an interview with Steel Chair, Bailey said that the merging of styles and varying degrees of experience makes the championship prestigious and the division the best in the world.
“I think it’s the best division in professional wrestling right now. The amount of talent that is competing for the X-Division Championship is above and beyond anything else in the world right now with the different styles, the amount of experience, the varying degrees, and the various backgrounds you’ve got. A lot of New Japan wrestlers right now are coming in and competing with X-Division guys. You have people with a Lucha Libre background and people with a real international background, as well as Alex Shelley. You’ve got people that have been in Impact Wrestling for years, like Chris Sabin and Rich Swann, who really bring that Impact X-Division style. The mix of it is perfect, and I think right now everyone in the division is doing a fantastic job representing what the X-Division has always been about, which is action-packed high-level matches unlike anything else you see on TV right now.”
Speaking about being banned from the United States for five years, Bailey said he prefers not to live in what-if scenarios Because he believes that everything happened the way it was meant to be.
“To be perfectly honest, I think it’s hard to say. It’s hard to imagine what my career would have been like. Had I been able to go to the United States for these five years, had I, for example, been spying somewhere else in or even signed with IMPACT Wrestling in 2016? It forced me to reorient my career, change my path and do something else. Ultimately, it worked out. I know I’m super happy with the way my career progressed, and that I had to go and get experience from everywhere around the world that I could, and then bring it back to the US. But I don’t know, I have no idea, maybe I would have wrestled in the US a couple of years longer, and then won the lottery in the United States and become a millionaire. You never know, a million things could have happened. I don’t spend time on what-ifs, but all I can say is I’m super happy with the way things happened and where I am now.”
Next up for IMPACT Wrestling is the Slammiversary pay-per-view on June 19 Bailey will be in an Ultimate X Match for the X-Division Title. Check out the full card here.