Tom Hannifan was launched from his WWE agreement on May 27, 2021, ending his almost nine-year period with the business.
On January 8, 2022, Hannifan signed up with Impact Wrestling as the brand-new play-by-play commentator, changing Matt Striker. He made his launching with the promo at the Hard to Kill pay-per-view occasion.
In a current interview with VL Media, Hannifan talked about a range of wrestling subjects consisting of the distinctions in between WWE and Impact Wrestling’s design of commentary.
You can take a look at some highlights from the interview listed below:
On his very first year with Impact Wrestling: “It was a great year. I had the possibility to attempt a great deal of things on air. I feel that I have actually progressed both personally and expertly. I enjoy individuals I deal with and delight in the schedule I have at Impact. I’m looking forward to more chances and duties within the promo. It’s insane, I can’t think I’ve been there for a year currently!”
On how his commentary design has actually altered: “Indeed, I believe I have actually altered my method of doing things. The most significant modification, in my viewpoint, is that I do not need to talk to WWE terminology. When you comment for WWE, there are specific words, particular expressions, that you are required to utilize since that is how they wish to promote their item on air. No longer undergoing these guidelines at Impact enables me to expose myself more on the air. Individuals do not hear Tom Phillips any longer, they hear Tom Hannifan. I truly am myself at Impact. I believe it permits more genuine remarks. Thanks to Impact, I can pay for to check some things on air that I could not do at WWE. The reality that our programs are taped assists to see what works and what does not. We can constantly alter that in the edit if I attempt something that does not truly work. Those who have actually seen Hard to Kill 2023 might have observed that I utilized some beautiful unrefined language for the Full Metal Mayhem match. It’s a design of commentary that I might never ever have actually had at WWE. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to do this at Impact. When the time is right, it’s enjoyable to be able to commentate matches from our time with a more “traditional” design of commentary.”
On his preferred Impact match to call: “Frankie Kazarian vs. Josh Alexander for the world title at Over Drive last November. It was impressive. That stated, I imply no disrespect to the other matches happening at Impact in 2022. There are many excellent matches that fans can rewatch on Impact Plus, DAZN worldwide or on our Youtube channel. Our match library has plenty of nuggets, with wrestlers of various designs and from various generations. I enjoyed the match at Over Drive. The reality that Frankie Kazarian formally joined our lineup, a couple of weeks after that video game, demonstrates how spectacular his efficiency that night was. He and Josh Alexander had a spectacular match and Frankie Kazarian truly failed.”
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