IMPACT’s Josh Alexander is on a one-man mission to become X-Division Champion, taking the next step in a career which has already seen him reign as IMPACT World Tag Team Champion on two occasions with former partner Ethan Page as The North.
With Page now in AEW, you’d expect Alexander would have been the first to know about All Ego’s move, but as he told TSN’s This is Wrestling on TSN 1200 he was actually none the wiser:
“I didn’t even think about it because I hadn’t been watching AEW really too intently,” said Alexander. “And I haven’t been keeping up with storylines or anything. I looked up the pay-per-view, I think it was the day before, and I saw that they had the ladder match and it was a mystery for it. And I knew that, of course, they were teasing a different ex- Hall of Famer to debut as well.
“So I just remember looking at it like, I bet it’s going to be him, you know what I mean? I just wanted to be left in the dark like everybody else so I can be a fan. I love watching wrestling as a fan if I’m pleasantly surprised by something like that happening.”
Alexander has been nothing but impressed with his former partner since joining AEW, but he did have one small gripe: “I miss the old music. I will say that. But otherwise it was just awesome to see because I know how much hard work has gone in to get him there. He’s going to be nothing but successful.”
Alexander also talked about trying out for WWE several years ago, finding out later on that his name was on ‘a list’. Alexander said:
“I had had one television try-out with WWE, maybe a year before I broke my neck. It went well surprisingly but it never materialised into a full on try-out. I remember getting a message from Brodie Lee, who was Luke Harper in WWE. He was down in NXT at that time. He was like, ‘Hey, have you ever sent your stuff in?’ I was like, I think so? And he was just like, ‘Well, you’re on a list. I just saw from one of the guys that works in the office trying to get people to look. It’s like a stacked list of, like, 20 guys. But you’re on it.’ I was like, ok? He’s like, ‘Well, just be ready.’
“That’s all I heard about it. It wasn’t until years later that Rob Naylor posted on Twitter and I saw it. That brought that memory right back. Because so often you’re told these things in wrestling and you’re just like, ‘Okay, I’ll believe it when I see it’. But then, like that one actually materialises being completely true, which is wild for the time.”
H/T: Wrestling Inc. for the transcription