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Top IMPACT Star Reveals Why He Rejected AEW

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Josh Alexander re-signed with IMPACT Wrestling in March despite offers from other companies, specifically noting that he rejected an offer from Tony Khan.

Over the past year and a half, Josh Alexander has risen to become one of the top faces of IMPACT Wrestling. Left behind by Ethan Page – his former partner in The North – as he departed for All Elite Wrestling, ‘The Walking Weapon’ used this as an opportunity to prove himself as an asset to the Anthem-helmed promotion.

Unquestionably, Josh achieved this, being a former World and X Division Champion, the latter of which saw a plethora of must-see contests, including a critically-acclaimed 60-minute Iron Man match vs. TJP. Josh Alexander would voluntarily vacate the X Division Championship in September, instead challenging World Champion Christian Cage at Bound For Glory.

Josh has now commented on why he chose to sign with IMPACT over AEW in the first place, revealing that the latter only wanted to use him as a tag team wrestler alongside Ethan Page (h/t

“IMPACT gave me an opportunity when no other company would. I was in contact with the people at AEW before IMPACT ever considered signing me and they had told me that they were not interested in me as a singles wrestler. IMPACT then came along and signed me, and before The North ever came to be, they were preparing to push me as a singles talent when I debuted.

I did vignettes and I did video stuff that was never aired as me being a singles person, and then when I showed up on my first day of work, they said, ‘We’re going to put you in a tag team with Ethan Page’.”

Despite his contract legitimately expiring in February, Josh Alexander returned to the company at the company’s Sacrifice event in March, laying out Moose and revealing he’d signed a new multi-year deal. The official length of the deal is yet to be revealed, though the company typically gives its talent two or three-year deals.

Josh Alexander also explained how easy a decision it was for him to re-sign with IMPACT Wrestling, stating that he had never planned on leaving:

“It was an easy decision for me. Right now I think the one thing that’s changed in the pro wrestling landscape, especially for like free agents and professional wrestlers, is regardless of whatever you have to offer, you have to be in the top 10% to have a job now in one of those sustainable positions at any of these companies, IMPACT included.

Because as you’ve seen with AEW signing up everybody that they can and all this other stuff, it’s just like, the waters are kind of picked dry a little bit, and whoever’s left is kind of fighting for whatever’s left.

The thing that made my decision so much easier is I never planned on leaving.”

Josh Alexander will challenge Moose for the IMPACT World Championship at the Rebellion pay-per-view tomorrow night, 23 April.