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World title match, X-Division title tournament finals set for Impact Over Drive

Josh Alexander will defend against Frankie Kazarian on November 18th.

After invoking option C on Thursday and relinquishing his newly-won X-Division title, Frankie Kazarian will challenge Josh Alexander for the Impact World title at November's Over Drive.

The live streaming special is set for Friday, November 18th in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kazarian, also an AEW roster member, will be looking to become an Impact Grand Slam champion as he is a six-time X-Division titleholder and a three-time Tag Team titleholder but has never held the World title. 

Alexander will look to continue his impressive run of title defenses that dates back to April's Rebellion.

Kazarian announced last week that he was giving up the title he just won from "Speedball" Mike Bailey at Bound for Glory two weeks ago. He's just the sixth person in company history to exercise the option which gives the X-Division titleholder the right to give up the title in exchange for a World title shot.


As a result, Scott D'Amore announced that an eight-man tournament will kick off next Thursday to crown a new titleholder with the finals set for Over Drive.

On the left side of the bracket, Black Taurus will face Laredo Kid while the returning PJ Black will take on Yuya Uemura. On the right side, Alan Angels will face former champion Trey Miguel while former champion Kenny King takes on the aforementioned former champion Mike Bailey. 

Next week's show will see Taurus vs. Kid and Angels vs. Miguel in quarterfinal action.