Josh Mathews discusses trying to transition out of his commentary role (Exclusive)
Mathews, of course, is the voice of Impact Wrestling, as well as holding a key role backstage. I asked Josh just how he juggles both roles, and if the ever-increasing importance of his content and production roles in Impact mean that we may start to see less, or none, of him behind the announce desk...
To say that I've tried to slide out of that chair... It's a tough one, man, it really is. I love what I do but I feel like it takes up a lot of my time at TV to be out there the whole time.
It's a blessing and a curse, I suppose.
I did also ask Josh if he had anyone in mind who could take over as play-by-play commentator when he hands up his headset, or even if he has anyone in mind who could transition into a colour commentary role.
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!
You can catch our full interview with Josh Mathews here.