• Longest TNA / IMPACT World Title Reign Has Come To An End
Josh Alexander has relinquished the IMPACT World Championship due to a triceps injury, thus ending the longest TNA / IMPACT World Title reign at 335 days.
The new champion will be crowned at the REBELLION 2023 PPV on April 16, where KUSHIDA and Steve Maclin will face each other for the vacant title.
IMPACT Wrestling issued the following press release today about this:
Josh Alexander Out Of Action Indefinitely
New World Champion To Be Crowned April 16 At The REBELLION Pay-Per-View
The record-setting title run of Josh Alexander is officially over as he will relinquish the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship due to a triceps tear that will require surgery, IMPACT confirmed.
Alexander became a 2-time World Champion at the 2022 REBELLION pay-per-view event in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is the longest-reigning IMPACT World Champion in company history, with successful title defenses against Moose, Rich Swann, Alex Shelley, Frankie Kazarian and Bully Ray, among others.
Josh Alexander is currently in Orlando, Florida, where Brad M. Homan, DO, FAOAO, will be performing a triceps tendon repair later today.
Steve Maclin will replace Josh Alexander to team with Swann and Kazarian tonight at the sold-out SACRIFICE extravaganza in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, against Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and KUSHIDA).
On Sunday, April 16, at the REBELLION pay-per-view in Toronto, KUSHIDA and Steve Maclin will compete in a match to determine the new IMPACT Wrestling World Champion.
Josh Alexander was originally scheduled to face KUSHIDA at the co-branded MULTIVERSE UNITED: ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE show on Thursday, March 30, from the sold-out Globe Theater in Los Angeles, as a part of WrestleCon. His replacement will be announced at a later date.
SACRIFICE will stream live tonight, starting at 8 p.m. ET from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario on IMPACT Plus, YouTube for IMPACT Ultimate Insiders and FITE. A limited number of tickets remain for the SACRIFICE FALLOUT Show on Saturday, March 25, in Windsor. Tickets are available for FALLOUT at Eventbrite.ca.
“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.
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• Old School Wrestling Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 83rd birthday of Old School NWA/WWF Veteran The Spoiler (Real name: Don Jardine).
After a long and successful career in several Territories, The Spoiler joined the World Wrestling Federation roster in the summer of 1984.
When the WWF purchased Georgia Championship Wrestling to get their TBS timeslot, The Spoiler was a house hold name, whom the TBS viewers were familiar with, so Vince signed him to a deal.
When he went to the WWF, the NWA stripped him of the NWA National Heavyweight Championship, that he held at that time.
† REST IN PEACE SPOILER!
March 24, 1940 – December 16, 2006