Josh Alexander

Josh Alexander Shares Advice He Received From Sami Zayn (Video)

IMPACT Wrestling X-Division Champion Josh Alexander recently spoke with Cage Side Seats for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During the discussion, “The Walking Weapon” spoke about Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero being his wrestling heroes, advice he received from Sami Zayn (El Generico) and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights and a complete video archive of the interview.

On the advice that Sami Zayn (El Generico) gave him that he still passes on to others: “I reiterate this a lot to a lot of younger wrestlers at Impact and throughout the independents. It took me about the 10 or 11-year mark [to learn]. I wrestled El Generico and I remember him telling me, ‘Just calm down and wait.’ We were in the ring and something happened. And he said, ‘Wait, wait!’ And I was just like, ‘What?’ I waited and all of a sudden you hear the crowd just come up to this insane level and I would have cut them off and they would have never been there because I would have just been going through the motions. I had been told that same thing that El Generico had told me 100 times previous to that. But in my 10 years and all the experience I [had] grinded on the indies, at that moment, that’s when everything kind of clicked and went together. Listening to the crowd, that’s when you get the ear for everything. I think it’s just reps. Some people can develop it after two or three years. But for a lot of people, it’s around that 10-year mark where you get that year for the crowd. That’s really what we’re all about, is giving the fans what they want.”

On his neck injury: “If there is one thing I could take away, I would go back and just not do the one move that I know hurt my neck. But obviously, it was a wear and tear situation. I’ve always said this and continue to, especially to this day, I wouldn’t change anything that happened along the way because of that neck injury and me learning from it and coming back… Making sure that I was going to be better than I ever was before the neck injury and this insane work ethic that I somehow developed with a neck injury, that all taught me the lessons that I need for right now to have success and be ready for it. So I can’t really take it away.”

On forging a similar path like Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko — whom he calls his wrestling heroes: “You just summed it up. Those are heroes of mine. That feeling you had of, ‘I’m the match guy,’ that is by design. It’s exactly what I enjoy doing. So that’s what I’ve always put emphasis on. I knew it was a long road to get notoriety because, you know, lightning strikes every once in a while and people can blow up immediately. But for me, I think I’ve been one of the most consistent wrestlers over the past five years in North America. Now in Impact Wrestling, if you look at what I was doing — even the singles [matches] I had when I was in a tag team division — Vikingo and Eddie Edwards and TJP — I had all these singles matches in my first year here, and they were all like crazy singles matches that were revered among people, but nobody took notice,” he continues. “Now that this momentum is growing from all the hard work. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, especially, because clearly, the momentum is getting to a point where it’s unstoppable, which is awesome. There’s a certain amount of pride that goes into it, absolutely, But I’m just shocked that it’s even happening still because you get to a point where you’re doing this night in, night out, you don’t think it’s ever going to happen. And I’m just thankful that it is.”

Check out the complete interview at CageSideSeats.com, or via the video embedded below.

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