Tom Hannifan On Differences Between IMPACT & WWE

5 months ago by Taylor Sanchez

Tom Hannifan On Differences Between IMPACT & WWE

Ahead of Hard To Kill, it was announced that Tom Hannifan (fka Tom Phillips) will serve as IMPACT Wrestling’s new lead announcer. Hannifan called the January 8 pay-per-view in his debut appearance for the promotion

Speaking on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Hannifan noted that he can say a lot more on air with IMPACT compared to WWE, using ‘Bullet Club’ as an example.

Also explaining how his IMPACT deal came to be, Hannifan said:

“It’s only really developed within the last month. I have a lot of friends (in IMPACT) who kind of connected me with the powers that be, we had some good conversations, and the schedule was very attractive. I just got done doing a 52-week a year schedule for about nine years, so I was like, ‘this is great and really cool.’

“Everything that I was told about, what the locker room was like with Scott D’Amore and Josh Mathews, everything has been accurate and awesome. When you know a bunch of people, showing up and seeing Matt Rehwoldt and him being like, ‘what the hell are you doing here?’ It was really cool.

“You go from the pressure of being like, for a number of different reasons, the way WWE produces shows, but all of a sudden, now it’s all on you. It’s largely your show. I was given a lot of faith to go out there and do what I did with D’Lo. It was nerve-racking because it was, ‘Oh, this is what I did,’ and WWE has certain ways they like things done and things said and not said.

“All of a sudden, I can say certain things that I wasn’t able to say. ‘This is really cool.’ We couldn’t refer to Bullet Club, obviously, for trademark reasons, so we danced around it and said ‘The Club,’ so I was like, ‘oh, I can say Bullet Club on the air. I can say pro wrestling.’ Just little trademark and branding things that WWE likes to do, and that’s fine, but there are so many little changes.”

Hannifan was released by WWE in May 2021 after nine years with the company.

Quote via Fightful.

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