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Tom Hannifan On Debuting With Impact Last Year, Working With Matthew Rehwoldt

February 2, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Impact Wrestling Tom Hannifan - aka Tom Phillips Image Credit: Impact Wrestling

Tom Hannifan made his debut for Impact Wrestling early last year, and he recently talked about the experience and more. Hannifan appeared on Tru Heels BTR and talked about making his debut on the commentary team at Hard to Kill and being partnered with Matthew Rehwoldt. You can check out some highlights below (per Fightful):

On debuting with Impact at Hard to Kill 2022: “I don’t get anywhere without my color commentator Matthew Rehwoldt, my producer Josh Mathews and then Scott D’Amore, who has been amazing to me over the past year. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little emotional and definitely fired up going into this year’s Hard To Kill. Debuting at last year’s Hard To Kill was extremely emotional. I was unsure what the landscape of IMPACT was gonna be like. I knew I’d have a lot of familiar faces around and some new faces as well, so it was nerve-racking.

“This year, it was like, ‘Oh this is not, you know like old hat or anything, but it’s like we’ve been here before, but let’s just kill it.’ To open and close the show, kinda like you said we book-ended the show so well with Bully Ray and Alexander, and then Mickie James and Jordynne Grace, you can’t ask for a better show. Then everybody else on the show just absolutely brought their A game, so I said a moment ago, but when IMPACT Wrestling is live, they don’t miss. It’s the best.”

On working with Matthew Rehwoldt: “It’s been a long road because it’s funny just how things work out. In WWE, he was on the heels of the whole Rusev angle and wasn’t really doing much. I remember speaking to Michael Cole and a bunch of other people saying, ‘Hey you know Matt can talk, Aiden can talk’. At the time, Aiden English, and they gave him an opportunity on 205 Live, and eventually he and I did NXT UK together as well.

“So, fast forward a number of years and we’re both in IMPACT Wrestling, my former co-host D-Lo Brown was transitioning into a strictly an off-camera and backstage role, so it was like, ‘Okay, who’s gonna be the new color commentator?’ I was like, well similar situation, Matthew was just off the heels of what happened ironically at Hard To Kill 2022 of he had been backing up Deonna Purrazzo and they were creatively moving in a different direction. I was like, ‘Well if he’s available, I already know what he’s like and it would be great to work with him’. So we did a taping towards the end of January ’22 in Fort Lauderdale and it was his first time doing commentary in about two years so for him, it was a re-learning experience and for me, it was kinda me getting back in the groove a little bit because I had still had six months away from wrestling. So I had D-Lo for literally one night, and then I think I worked with a dozen partners the night after. Then fast forward a handful of weeks, and I’m working with Rehwoldt again.”