Josh Mathews Isn't Sure Who Will Succeed Him In Impact

Impact Wrestling commentator Josh Mathews spoke to Gary Cassidy of Sportskeeda for a new interview. You can find the full interview at this link, and check out highlights submitted to Fightful below.

On who might succeed him:

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I've never really thought about it. No-one's ever asked me who I thought should replace me from a play-by-play standpoint. I do think we need to build a depth of commentators and things like that. I've had the privilege to work with amazing people in my career from a color commentary standpoint, but I love working with Don Callis on Impact and Xplosion every week, but we also do some revolving chair stuff on there. Color commentary, I think a lot of wrestlers could step up and do a good job. Play-by-play, you need a lot of reps. I've been doing this for 20 years and I still haven't figured out!


On commentating on his wife's matches:

It's difficult. I like the way we do it where Josh Mathews - the announcer - isn't married to the Impact Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne because it would be difficult for a husband to watch his wife in a match being physically hurt and just talk about it, so I don't think you can go down that road from a play-by-play, straight, trusted voice perspective. I always text her right after to make sure she's okay and healthy, and liked what she did, then I can take a quick breath of relief.


On Impact Wrestling's current standings:

I wouldn't try to rank us and say, "We're here, WWE is here, Ring of Honor's here, NJPW's here, AEW's here." I think you have certain days. A few weeks ago, AEW won the day when they announced their television broadcast deal. WWE is going to win some days, a lot of days. I think you have to look at it in that sense. We are trying to do everything we can, we're on the road, we're going to be in Mexico, Las Vegas, Bound For Glory's in Chicago, then we'll head back to New York this year and we have a lot of specials. Oklahoma in September. TNA is no longer a thing any more, it's Impact Wrestling, so we're just trying every day to make it everything that we can.

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