When it rains, it pours.
Late Thursday evening, Effect announced that Mickie James had been pulled from her Knockouts Championship defense in the Sacrifice due to injury. Early Friday morning, Effect broke the news that Josh Alexander was relinquishing the Effect Planet Championship due to injury.
Alexander suffered a triceps tear. He will have surgery on Friday to repair the dilemma. Alexander is the longest holder of the Effect Planet Championship title. His cycle now ends at 335 days.
To make matters worse, Effect booked Alexander for 3 matches more than the subsequent 24 days. Very first, Alexander was scheduled to group with Wealthy Swann and Frankie Kazarian against Kushida, Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin in a trio at Sacrifice March 24. Second, Alexander was scheduled to defend the Effect Planet Title against Kushida at Multiverse United: Only the Powerful survive March 30. Third, Alexander (assuming he beat Kushida, which was a secure bet) would defend the title against Steve McLean in Rebellion April 16.
Effect has announced plans for a replacement. McLean will replace Alexander in the match of the trio in Sacrifice. For Rebellion PPV, Maclin will wrestle Kushida for the vacant Effect Planet Championship. Alexander’s replacement for Multiverse United will be revealed in the coming days.
It really is a shame for Alexander. He proudly carried the enterprise as a planet champion and you could usually count on a good match. Alexander had severe possible for a when-in-a-decade championship run for Effect. There was no telling how extended his reign could final. A different year at the prime would not shock anybody. Very best wishes for a wholesome recovery.
It really is not all negative news for Alexander fans. By means of the magic of tv production, his current planet title defense against Kenta will be broadcast reside subsequent week (Thu March 30) Effect Wrestling. That plan will serve as a pre-show for Multiverse United: Only the Powerful survive.
Here’s Impact’s official press release on Alexander’s injury:
Josh Alexander out of action indefinitely
The new planet champion will be crowned on April 16 at the REBELLION Spend-Per-View
Josh Alexander’s streak is officially more than as he will forfeit his Effect Planet Championship Wrestling due to a torn triceps that will call for surgery, Effect has confirmed.
Alexander became a two-time Planet Champion at the 2022 REBELLION spend-per-view occasion in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is the longest reigning Effect Planet Champion in enterprise history, with prosperous title defenses against stars such as Moose, Wealthy Swann, Alec Shelley, Frankie Kazarian and Bulli Rai, amongst other individuals.
Josh Alexander is at present in Orlando, Florida, exactly where Brad M. Homan, DO, FAOAO, to execute triceps tendon repair later these days.
Steve McLean will replace Josh Alexander to group with Swann and Kazarian tonight at the sold-out SACRIFICE extravaganza in Windsor, Ontario, Canada against The Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin and KUSHIDA).
On Sunday, April 16, at the REBELLION spend-per-view in Toronto, KUSHIDA and Steve Maclin will compete in a match to ascertain the new Effect Wrestling Planet Champion.
Josh Alexander was initially scheduled to face KUSHIDA at the co-branded MULTIVERSE UNITED: ONLY THE Powerful WILL SURVIVE show on Thursday, March 30 from the sold-out Globe Theater in Los Angeles as aspect of WrestleCon. His replacement will be announced later.
SACRIFICE will broadcast reside tonight, starting at eight:00 PM ET with St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario on Effect Plus, YouTube for Effect Ultimate Insiders and FITE. There are a restricted quantity of tickets left for the SACRIFICE FALLOUT Show on Saturday, March 25, in Windsor. Tickets are accessible for FALLOUT at Eventbrite.ca.
“We want Josh a complete and speedy recovery, and absolutely everyone at Effect Wrestling, like our loyal fans, can not wait to see him back in the ring,” stated Effect Wrestling President Scott D’Amore.
Updated card for Sacrifice stands at:
- Steve Maclin, Wealthy Swann, & Frankie Kazarian vs. Kushido, Chris Sabin, & Alec Shelley
- Knockouts Championship: Mickie James (c) vs. Jordyn Grace (The Knockouts Championship scenario will be addressed on the show)
- X-Division Championship: Trey Miguel (c) vs. Lince Dorado
- Effect Planet Tag Group Championship: Ace Austin & Chris Bey (c) vs. TMDK (Shane Haste & Terrible Dude Tito)
- Effect Digital Media Championship: Joe Hendry (c) vs. Brian Myers
- Busted Open match: Tommy Dreamer vs. Bully Ray
- Deona Purazzo vs. Giselle Shaw
- “Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. Jonathan Gresham
- PCO vs. Kenny King
Sacrifice will air reside at eight:00 PM ET on Effect Plus, YouTube for Effect Ultimate Insiders and Fite Television.
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