Impact Wresting has announced that its World Champion, Josh Alexander, has been forced to relinquish his title due to a triceps tear that requires surgery.
Alexander was in the middle of a historic championship run and he was the longest reigning champion in the promotions history.
Tonight is the Impact Sacrifice pay-per-view live from Windsor, Ontario. Steve Maclin will replace Alexander in a six-man tag where he was meant to team with Rich Swann and Frankie Kazarian to face Time Machine (Kushida, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin).
A new Impact World Champion will be crowned at Impact’s Rebellion pay-per-view on April 16. Kushida will face Steve Maclin to crown the next champ.
“We wish Josh a full and speedy recovery, and everyone at IMPACT Wrestling, including our loyal fans, can’t wait to see him back in the ring,” said IMPACT Wrestling president Scott D’Amore.
Safe to say this news is devastating. I’ve torn my tricep. I will have to relinquish my @IMPACTWRESTLING World title immediately.
I’m heading into surgery momentarily. I’m so thankful for my Impact family for the support.
I’ll be back & I’ll be better than ever.
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— Josh Alexander (@Walking_Weapon) March 24, 2023
Current Impact Women’s Champion, Mickie James, has also been pulled from tonight’s card due to an injury. She was meant to defend her title against Jordynne Grace.
TOP PHOTO: Josh Alexander at Impact Wrestling Bound For Glory on Friday, October 7, 2022, at the Albany Armory in Albany, NY. Photo by George Tahinos, georgetahinos.smugmug.com