Alex Shelley discusses how a comic book mutant influenced his outlook on life.
Alex Shelley, the new IMPACT Wrestling World Champion, is a Marvel enthusiast outside of the ring. Shelley was asked if there were any MCU elements weaved into his work inside the squared circle in a recent interview with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard.
While not directly related to pro wrestling, Shelley claims Multiple Man, better known as Jamie Madrox, has had a greater influence on him.
“You know who Multiple Man is? I always thought that power and that ability was so cool because it allowed him more time. And I think time is something that I value probably more than most,” Shelley said. “He was a character who could make all these duplicates of himself. Then, he sent them out all over the world and learned all these different things and brought them back full circle because he could reabsorb them and gain their knowledge. I thought that was really interesting and I’ll be damned if I haven’t tried to do that like my whole life with all these different things outside of wrestling and inside wrestling.”
“So, I think it’s lended itself to me becoming a jack of all trades, master of none, in a lot of ways. And I’ve had to kind of come to terms with the idea that maybe I’m not a specialist. Maybe I’m more of a generalist and maybe that’s not a bad thing, but that’s a more abstract answer than I think you’re probably looking for.”
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Alex Shelley demonstrated his versatility last week. Shelley defeated Steve Maclin to win the new IMPACT World Champion at Against All Odds. Shelley has now established himself as an IMPACT Wrestling Triple Crown Champion with this victory. In addition to becoming an IMPACT World Champion, Shelley is also recognized as “The King of a Generation.”
Shelley has released a video promoting himself as “The King of a Generation.” Shelley encourages those who aren’t sure what he’s talking about look over his résumé.
“It’s because I’ve been very lucky and very fortunate and been surrounded by these people who are just so immensely talented. But I dare you to find somebody else who is trained by Sabu but also helped train Trey Miguel. I dare you to find somebody else who was Kevin Nash’s mentor, but also helped mentor Okada. It’s just these weird situations that seem to only happen to me, and I’m very grateful for that.”
“Again, as a young person, I think typically people will say that, ‘I want to achieve success’. I think that’s something you hear quite frequently. Me being a little older now, the reason I achieved success was because I was around greatness all the time and that makes it a lot easier. So, I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. And because of that, I may have had some influence on quite a few different aspects of pro wrestling.”