Impact Wrestling has officially made the announcement that they are making some changes to their commentary team. Josh Matthews has been promoted to a Behind-The-Camera Position with the company. The new announcers for Impact will be Matt Striker on play-by-play and D’Lo Brown will be providing the color commentary. Many reports circulating are not sure of what Madison Rayne will be doing as far as returning to wrestling or possibly she could take on a role backstage, that’s me just guessing I don’t know. She’ll definitely be utilized in some way, Rayne is talented and we know how skilled Matthews is given his experience with WWE as a commentator and now with his contributions to Impact, Mathews will no doubt thrive in his new position.
When do fans get an opportunity to watch and listen to Striker and Brown doing commentary? The duo starts this Saturday January 16th, in the Hard To Kill pay-per-view, which will emanate from Nashville, Tennessee. It was also announced that both Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown will not only be on the call for this weekend’s PPV, but also will permanently be handling those same duties for Impact’s weekly Tuesday Program on AXS TV, which happens to air every Tuesday night beginning at 8 and lasting till 10 p.m. ET.
Mathews will now be the Senior Producer for the company’s weekly television and all their pay-per-views. Matthews has also just signed a new, multi-year contract with Impact. Madison Rayne, who is an accomplished 5-time Knockouts Champion was providing the color commentary for most of 2020, while Mathews had been on play-by-play. Rayne says she will discuss more about her future this upcoming weekend at the Hard To Kill pay-per-view.
Matthews commented by saying, “My play-by-play career has been close to 20 years currently and from events such as WrestleMania to Bound For Glory to some most incredible moments from IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV. Producing will allow me to have a bigger role in the overall production of our weekly show, PPVs and IMPACT+ Specials.” Mathews believes “This transition has been a great process,” he thinks Matt and D’Lo are gonna bring a fresh energy and are ready to go in their new positions with IMPACT. For Matthews it has been special for him in the year 2020, both he and Madison Rayne will always be grateful for the opportunity.
Striker used to be a high school teacher, but he made the transition from wrestler to wrestling broadcaster during his years in the WWE and also his experience working for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. He is a past winner of the Best Television Announcer Award, which is presented annually by the Wrestling Observer. “I’ve always loved professional wrestling. It is a love that unites so many people,” said Striker. “Pro wrestling is a sport and I want to be mindful to call it as such. I’ve learned and grown so much since I began, and I thank the fans, even my critics, for that.” Striker continued, “It is not lost on me such an opportunity that awaits. I can once again lend my voice to a sport that I love,” added Striker. “In doing so, I’m poised to describe, analyze, and witness the most advanced athletes the sport has ever seen.” Striker explained how he’s excited, nervous, thankful, and humbled. “I cannot wait to get out there. You will always be able to hear the fan in me.”
Brown has enjoyed so much success in the wrestling industry by having accomplished so much in his career holding multiple singles and tag-team championships in many different wrestler promotions all around the globe. Brown has held the WWF European Championship 4 times, the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship with his tag- partner Gran Apolo. “I’m very excited to join the IMPACT Wrestling broadcast booth and I know working alongside Matt Striker will be a lot of fun,” Brown commented. “I believe in Impact Wrestling, with its amazing roster of very skilled Superstars and Knockouts, can’t wait to have the best seat in the house to call all the action.” Brown also stated, “I’m humbled to follow the Impact broadcasting path of Mike Tenay and Don West, and most recently Don Callis, Madison Rayne and certainly Josh Matthews. I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity. I know there are big shoes to fill, but Striker and I will do our best.”
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