Josh Mathews entered the world of professional wrestling through WWE’s first season of reality programme Tough Enough, where he came second in the competition.
The 34-year-old from Sea Isle City, New Jersey is now the voice of TNA providing commentary for the flagship show IMPACT! along with former ECW and WWE grappler Taz. The pair had worked together before during their time in WWE, where Mathews began his career as a backstage interviewer before moving behind the announce table.
Even as a member of the broadcast team Mathews got to work in angles with the likes of Kurt Angle, The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
We caught up with Mathews to talk about breaking into the industry, his time in WWE, his transition to TNA plus much more.
Here are some of the highlights:
On receiving an ear bashing from Vince whilst on commentary: He definitely is on and he is at every show, he is always listening to every word that the commentators are saying. There were conversations every night, he was a very hands on kind of producer.
On joining TNA: It’s been a great move for me, I feel more invested in this company than I was in WWE for 13 years and I’ve only been here for a matter of months so that is a really odd feeling to have. I’m learning the different parts of the business, the commentary aspect well I love it, it’s only one part of what I do, it’s only one part of what I’m capable of doing.
On the TNA roster: I said it the day I came here and I will say it again now, I think you can put our roster up against any other roster and we are either on par or a little bit better – I think the roster here is just incredible.