Josh Mathews has opened up on learning from Vince McMahon in WWE and how that education helped prepare him for his new role in IMPACT Wrestling.
Mathews had been IMPACT’s lead announcer from 2015 until he was promoted to his new full-time role of Senior Producer. Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown debuted as IMPACT Wrestling’s new commentary team in early 2021.
Mathews spoke to Sports Illustrated about his new role and noted how his time in WWE helped prepare him:
“I’ve pushed for over a year to make this change. I learned so much from my time in WWE from Kevin Dunn [WWE’s Executive Producer] and Vince McMahon, and I was pseudo-producing shows back then. Producing a live show is a real thrill, and I came alive in the truck when producing Countdown to Bound for Glory last October. Switching out of the truck and then going to call the show, it was different. I’m ready to oversee the whole presentation, which is a transition I’ve been pushing for.
“For me, it is even more meaningful that I was able to finish my broadcasting career calling shows with my wife Madison Rayne. Now I get to also focus on this new show, Before The Impact, as well as focus my attention in the truck.”
‘Before The Impact’ is IMPACT Wrestling’s new lead-in show to Tuesday night’s IMPACT On AXS TV. Mathews will combine his producing role with hosting this show along with Gia Miller and Jon Burton.
Josh Mathews worked for WWE from 2001 until 2014, after finishing as runner-up in the first season of Tough Enough. Mathews would work as a backstage interviewer for the company before beginning his commentary career working mainly on ECW, NXT, and RAW.
Credit: Sports Illustrated
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