Impact Wrestling announcer Josh Mathews did have some concerns about the promotion but he always believed in it as he has stayed with the company for years.
He recently joined the ‘Notsam Wrestling’ podcast with Sam Roberts where he talked about a wide range of topics including thinking Impact might shut its door in previous years. Here is what he had to say:
“Well, I think I’m more pessimistic than optimistic about things a lot of times. So, there was a few times where I thought, ‘Okay, there’s just no way. It can’t continue’. This is when everyone was in Nashville over at Cummins Station and we switched offices — we went from the big office down to the basement. We then went to the warehouse for a little while. Just a lot of times, but, I can say this — as an employee of the company, I’ve never been paid late and I’ve never not been paid on time and I’ve never not been paid my full salary.” Matthews expressed. “So, it’s so hard for me to say, ‘I think’ and ‘I thought’ and ‘I was worried about this’ and then… I don’t wanna be disrespectful to those people who made sure that on the 1st and 15th that my money was in my bank account. You know what I mean? Did I ever think it was gonna end? Yeah, a few times, but then I think back to those years in WWE where we did campaigns like Tighten The Belt and expense reports were looked at and you couldn’t spend a lot of money on the road and going through — probably wasn’t close to shutting the company down but I think that IMPACT or TNA as it were then, probably came close.” He said. “Closer than I knew, a couple of times, but there was always TV and there was always a light at the end of the tunnel so-to-speak.”
H/T to Fightful for the transcript