Josh Alexander Vacates IMPACT World Title Due To Injury
A new IMPACT World Champion will be crowned at Rebellion
Josh Alexander's record-breaking reign as IMPACT World Champion is over.
It was announced on Busted Open Radio today that The Walking Weapon has suffered a torn triceps and he will undergo surgery later today. As a result, Alexander has relinquished the IMPACT World Championship.
Alexander was scheduled to defend the IMPACT World Title against Steve Maclin at Rebellion. The former Steve Cutler will still be involved in the main event of the pay-per-view and IMPACT have announced he will take on KUSHIDA for the vacant IMPACT World Championship on Sunday, April 16. KUSHIDA was scheduled to challenge Alexander for the world title at Multiverse United on Thursday, March 30.
Alexander's injury has also forced a change to tonight's Sacrifice show. Steve Maclin will now team with Rich Swann and Frankie Kazarian against Time Machine's KUSHIDA, Alex Shelley, and Chris Sabin.
Alexander was in his second reign as IMPACT World Champion until he relinquished the title, having regained the gold from Moose at Rebellion in April 2022. The 35-year-old successfully defended the championship against the likes of Eric Young, Tomohiro Ishii, Alex Shelley, Frankie Kazarian, Eddie Edwards, Bobby Fish, "Speedball" Mikey Bailey, Bully Ray, and Rich Swann.
Alexander is the longest-reigning IMPACT World Champion in history, having held the belt for 335 days until it was vacated today.