Impact World Champion Josh Alexander talks about setting an epic record and defending title reign on Hard to Kill

Tonight Josh Alexander defends his Impact World Championship against Bully Ray at Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill pay-per-view, and it promises to be an unforgiving battle thanks to the match’s Full Metal Mayhem. Alexander provided match of the year contenders throughout 2022, and kicking off the Impact World Champ in 2023 is likely to be no different. ComicBook.com had the chance to tell Alexander all about his match against Bully Ray, and in addition to Hard to Kill, we talked about setting the record for longest-reigning Impact World Champion, his favorite moments to date, and what lies ahead is for 2023.

First, though, we had to talk about passing 257 days as World Champion and passing Bobby Roode on the all-time list. Alexander also won Impact Male Wrestler of the Year, Match of the Year and Moment of the Year to boot. Alexander is all-in and fully focused on defending his title at Hard to Kill, but he’s also careful not to let the moment go by without enjoying the rewards of all that hard work.

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“I mean, yes and no. On one end of the spectrum, I always try to put myself in the shoes of the 12-year-old boy who tuned into TNA that first Wednesday night, June 19, 2002,” Alexander said. “And that’s incredibly humbling to be in the position I’m in right now, to be the longest reigning champion, wrestler of the year, match of the year, time of the year, all those kinds of things. But on the other across the spectrum, to the 35 year old man who worked really hard to be where I am today I need to stop, smell the roses and be proud of myself because there’s a lot of hard work that goes into getting this just being able to do at the level i’m at now and to get where i’ve been has taken so much work so for now i stop, i take a deep breath and i’m proud of myself And then tomorrow morning the alarm goes off and the hard begins working from scratch again, because we’re not done yet.”

There are also many beautiful moments waiting for him and it can sometimes be difficult to stay in the present for a moment to take it all in. best. So every time something good happens you always wait for the other foot to drop because something bad would always happen. So I’ve been trained in that all my life and it’s something my wife has been trying to work me out at the same time,” Alexander said.

“And then there’s the other thing about people being present, sometimes they’re present for the wrong reason, because they’re not humble and they get egos and things like that. People chase me every once in a while because I’m overly humble with the way where I answer some of these questions, but it’s so hard for me to even pretend that this isn’t incredible,” Alexander said. “So regardless of all the hard work and everything I think I’ve done and can do in this industry and things like that, I’m still incredibly humbled to just get the opportunities I’ve been given to succeed the way I have. “

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It’s been an impressive reign so far and he’s handled everything so well, although there are some unexpected aspects to it. “Oh yes. I never imagined how much responsibility came with winning the World Championship, holding that World Championship, being called the face of the company, having to fulfill these media obligations, being an ambassador for this company, and all that. like that,” said Alexander. “I was like, oh yeah, I’m going to be champion. I will have main event matches. They’ll be fun. I’ll have all these challenges, like Ishii and Eric Young and Joe Doering and Alex Shelley and stuff. this one. The pressure of those matches is huge, but I embrace the pressure of being in the ring and having that feeling and having to take the opportunity and things like that. “

“But then the other things come with being the face of the company and being the ambassador. And I think a lot of people wouldn’t think about it here or there. But to me I just see Impact as such a family. I love everyone here. I want this company to do well. Of course I want to do well myself, but I want to make everyone who is part of this company proud.” just making sure I do really well so I don’t do it a disservice because I think we have one of the best dressing rooms and one of the best teams in this league.” communicate to you in some way and that can reach the world and maybe grow the business a little bit, those are the things that I underestimated and that’s what I try to do every time.”

As for his next challenge, that would be Bully Ray, and even though Ray tries to end his title reign, Alexander still taught him important lessons. In fact, he’s learned lessons from every Championship game he’s had, and hopes to add a thing or two from Ray to the resume as well.

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“Yeah. Every defense I’ve had throughout my career of every game I’ve had, but especially this last year with these title games that were such big games against the Ishiis, the Eric Youngs, the Joe Doerings, the Alex Shelleys, the Eddie Edwards, the Frankie Kazarians, the Mike Baileys Every time I step foot in the ring I learn from each and every one of them Even though I’m the one who beats them at the end of the day there’s something I can learn and take away from each of them, ”said Alexander.

“And the same goes for Bully. Bully is a two-time Hall of Famer, a multi-time champion around the world. He’s one of the most successful wrestlers there has ever been and still in the game. So to be able to get in the ring with him I know I’m going to learn a lot if not just about wrestling in this industry but about myself especially entering a Full Metal Mayhem match which is something no one has ever seen me do It’s something I still never did so I embrace the challenge of that I know I’m going to learn a lot about myself because I’m going to have to push myself to do things I’ve never done before making that match memorable and special for all the fans. “

The title of the match implies everything you need to know, and the stipulation causes some pain. However, Alexander is up for the challenge and is no stranger to taking some chunks when defending title gold.

“I think it’s always, hey, we’re going to push this through. Because if anyone follows, especially this title run, all those big matchups I’ve mentioned, I’ve come back afterwards, worse for true, bleeding somewhere, be it my ears are, my eyes, my nose, my mouth, anything. I’m always beaten up at the end of it because I put everything I’ve got into these matches to try and make them special and memorable,” said Alexander. “And it’s not going to be any different with Hard to Kill. There’s just going to be a lot more involved that can do a lot more damage than I’m used to. But at the same time that means I can deal a lot more damage. So I just have to hope that Bully is the one is who can’t walk when it’s all said and done.

You can see Josh Alexander in action on Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill available to stream on FITE TV.

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