IMPACT Wrestling has undergone a lot of changes this year. From new signings to new champions, IMPACT has taken the world by storm in 2020. One of the more unexpected changes, though, was a title change – as IMPACT veteran Rohit Raju became X-Division Champion during night one of Emergence!
On IMPACT Wrestling’s most recent Press Pass, Inside The Ropes had the pleasure of asking X-Division Champion Rohit Raju about finally getting his opportunity at a time when IMPACT Wrestling may be hotter than ever before.
You’ve been working very hard in IMPACT for a long time, sitting waiting for a big chance to come along, essentially becoming a mainstay of IMPACT for many years. Your chance came along when there was more brilliant talent in IMPACT than ever before. A load of new signings came in, yet you’re the person that ended up with the X-Division Championship. What do you attribute that to? Where did the success come from? Was it a change you’d made?
“No, I just think it’s hard work and perseverance. Everything that IMPACT threw my way, I feel like I performed, took advantage of and made it work. There have been plenty of times where I’ve been frustrated with my position and was always wondering, ‘Is it going to happen? Is it going to happen? Is something going to happen? Am I going to get a break?’
“I finally caught a break and I was waiting and ready to run with the ball so, as soon as that happened, I hope and feel like my recent stuff has been very entertaining, especially because it’s the X-Division. You think X-Division, you automatically think, ‘Okay, these are going to be phenomenal matches, phenomenal matches,’ which they have been, and if you watch any of my work, whether it’s outside of IMPACT or obviously in IMPACT, with TJP and Chris Bey, numerous matches with The Rascalz, Laredo Kid, the one I had with him, my work speaks for itself. But my favourite thing is being the character and that is something I feel like I bring differently to the X-Division where I am this over the top scummy individual, however you want to put it.
“That’s who I am and that’s what I can portray. That is something different, so finally getting that opportunity, finally getting the chance, I was just waiting. I was waiting, banging my head against the door, that locked door, banging, banging, banging, as soon as that door open, boom, I took off now I’m getting my opportunity and I don’t want to let go of it. I won’t let go of this opportunity.
“You don’t want to lose that belt, you want to hold onto it. I refuse to go back to being a nobody in IMPACT Wrestling. Like you said, I’ve been the mainstay for a very long time, I’ve worked my butt off, I don’t think I’ve done anything different and now I think I’m doing something different and turning it up even more, and I’m going to keep going. The fire is going to keep blasting, keep blasting until it can’t blast anymore, and that’s not going to happen for a long time.”
Bound For Glory takes place on October 24th, and will see Rohit Raju defend the X-Division Championship against TJP, Trey, Chris Bey, Willie Mack and Jordynne Grace. Meanwhile, Deonna Purrazzo defends the IMPACT Knockouts Championship against Kylie Rae, Eric Young defend the IMPACT World Championship against Rich Swann and a 4-Way Tag Team Match sees the Tag Team Championships up for grabs as Motor City Machine Guns take on the Good Brothers, The North, and Ace Austin & Madman Fulton.