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Josh Mathews discusses Impact Wrestling's current standing, his future in commentary, and the signing of Tenille Dashwood (Exclusive)

Gary Cassidy

Mathews has made the Impact announce desk his own
Mathews has made the Impact announce desk his own

And on a similar note, do you have anyone in mind for who you'd like to step into your shoes as a play-by-play guy, or are there any wrestlers you believe should be looking to step into a color commentary role in the future?

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!

(Josh laughs)

You're married to Madison Rayne of course. How does it feel to call your 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.

NEXT: Josh speaks about where Impact stands in the world of wrestling

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