Josh Alexander: Breaking My Neck Was The Best Thing That Happened In My Career

The injury allowed the Walking Weapon to refocus on his career

Professional wrestlers don't want to get injured, but Josh Alexander has claimed that breaking his neck was the best thing to happen in his career. 

The current IMPACT Wrestling World Champion was forced to retire in 2015 after undergoing major neck surgery. He came back after stepping away from the ring for a while, allowing him to return with a new perspective.

Speaking with Matt Young for Fightful, the Walking Weapon talked about the process, saying: 

"This is like the weirdest thing. I've been asked this question many times and it's always the same answer. Breaking my neck and having neck surgery and having to step away from wrestling was the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire career because I was always talented before. I wrestled for, I think, nine years before I broke my neck. 

"I was always talented. I always got booked. I was a champion around in Ontario. I was very successful, but I never did the work. So when I thought I had to retire and my neck was banged up, I really had time to think. I had all these regrets of not putting in the work where I needed to, to get to that next level. When I came back it was nothing but work to make sure I got better so when I got those opportunities I could hit home runs and here I am, man. IMPACT Wrestling gave me an opportunity and that’s all I've been doing since".

Alexander added that his neck is fine now and he feels younger than he did ten years ago. 

H/T Fightful

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