Long-time WWE commentator Josh Mathews was released by WWE on June 25, 2014, surprising many wrestling fans. Mathews was released during a time in which WWE was cutting a lot of its budget and talent, which played a big factor in the release. In addition to the budget cuts, Mathews was let go due to a slew of young announcers in WWE, most notably Renee Young.
Since his release, it has become apparent that Mathews is working with TNA in some capacity. The first signs popped up in August, when Mathews changed the location on his Twitter bio to “615,” the area code of Nashville, Tennessee, where TNA headquarters are located.
Here in late September, it became even more evident due to past actions by TNA. It posted an article about Mathews being spotted around TNA headquarters, but would then go on to delete it.
A recent edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter has updated the matter, looking at when Mathews may debut on TNA programming. It noted that there is talk that Mathews may begin working for TNA as an announcer in 2015, presuming it finds a new network. For now, TNA’s television status for 2015 is uncertain. However, there is also discussion about having Mathews debut while TNA remains on Spike through 2014. Mathews would likely be introduced in some sort of backstage segment. With his non-compete clause expired, Mathews is free to do whatever he wants.
While I like Mathews, I don’t see him doing anything monumental in TNA.