Impact Wrestling posted the following:
Award Winning Wrestling Announcer Joins Long-Time Wrestler for IMPACT’s New Broadcast Team
Josh Mathews has been promoted to the position behind the camera; Upcoming Madison Rayne updates
IMPACT Wrestling today confirmed that a new broadcast team will debut on Saturday, Jan.16 at the Hard To Kill pay-per-view, which will originate from Nashville, Tennessee.
Matt Striker will be IMPACT’s new play-by-play announcer, while D’Lo Brown will handle color commentary. The two will also be the announcement team for the flagship weekly TV show, Impact !, which airs Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on AXS TV.
Josh Mathews, meanwhile, has been promoted to Senior Producer for the Weekly TV Show and All Pay-Per-View, and he’s also signed a new multi-year contract with the company. Madison Rayne, the 5-time knockout champion who has provided color commentary for most of 2020, will discuss her wrestling future this weekend at Hard To Kill.
“My play-by-play career has spanned almost 20 years – from WrestleMania and Bound For Glory to incredible moments of IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV,” said Mathews. “Producing will allow me to have a greater role in the overall production of our weekly show, PPV and IMPACT + Specials.
“This transition has been a great process, Matt and D’Lo bring new energy and are good to go. It has been a special year in 2020, and Madison Rayne and I will always be grateful for this opportunity and look forward to these exciting changes.
Striker, a former high school teacher, went from wrestling to wrestling broadcaster for WWE and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. He is a former winner of the Best Television Announcer Award, awarded annually by the Wrestling Observer.
“I have always loved professional wrestling. It’s a love that unites so many people, ”said Striker. “Professional wrestling is a sport and I want to be aware of calling it that. I’ve learned and grown so much since I started, and I thank the fans – and the critics – for it.
“I haven’t lost the opportunity before me – once again I can lend my voice to the sport I love. In doing so, I am ready to describe, analyze and witness the most advanced athletes the sport has ever seen. I am excited, nervous, grateful and humbled. I can’t wait to get out. You will always be able to hear the fan in me. “
Brown has had an illustrious career in the ring with several singles and tag team championships in numerous promotions around the world including the WWF European Championship (4 times), the
WWF Intercontinental Championship and NWA World Tag Team Championship (with Gran Apolo).
“I am very happy to join the IMPACT Wrestling broadcast booth and I know working alongside Matt Striker will be a lot of fun,” said Brown. “I believe in IMPACT Wrestling, with its incredible roster of qualified Superstars and Knockouts – and I can’t wait to have the best seat in the house to call all the action.
“I am honored to follow the IMPACT broadcast journey of Don West and Mike Tenay, and most recently Don Callis, Madison Rayne and certainly Josh Mathews. I am more than grateful for this opportunity. I know there are big shoes to fill, but Striker and I will do our best. “
Striker and Brown will be ringside for the Hard To Kill pay-per-view, featuring one of the most anticipated main matches of all time. AEW World Champion Kenny Omega joins forces with IMPACT Tag team champions The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson) to take on reigning IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann and the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley).
Deonna Purrazzo puts the knockout championship on the line in Hard To Kill against Taya Valkyrie, while a three-way battle for the X-Division Championship pits Rohit Raju against Chris Bey against defending champion Manik.
HARD TO KILL will be available on Pay-Per-View in North America on Saturday, January 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on InDemand, DISH, DirecTV, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw, Sasktel. It will be available worldwide digitally through FITE TV (pre-order NOW).
About IMPACT Wrestling
IMPACT Wrestling is one of the largest wrestling entertainment properties in the world, creating over 200 hours of original content per year on television and other digital platforms. IMPACT Wrestling specializes in the creation of premium content, events, products, merchandise, and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. Its flagship show, IMPACT !, is broadcast worldwide, including AXS TV and Twitch in the US, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony Ten 2 and DSport in India, FreeSport and 5STAR in the UK, e.tv in Africa, MVStv in Mexico and TAPDMV in the Philippines. IMPACT Wrestling is a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc.