Tom Hannifan had to adjust after leaving WWE as a commentator. He is now a commentator on Impact Wrestling and many words are allowed, unlike WWE. It’s hard to get used to after so many years but obviously enjoying his new role.
“It’s been great (at Impact Wrestling). I think one of the first tapings I did, I kept saying the word superstar and you guys are like, ‘You don’t have to say that, man. You can say wrestler, you can say whatever you want.’ “Even Scott D’Amore being like, ‘You can say belt.
You can say that for the title’ so it was just a lot of things that I’ve had to, you know, habits that — that’s the way that WWE likes to do things. I did that for nine years and I’m unlearning a lot of things and all of you at Impact Wrestling have been extremely patient with me, but you talk about getting excited about stuff, the ‘Styles Clash’ in the middle of Alexander and Moose, I jumped out of my freaking chair.
I’m sure the spy cam, if they record it, still has that footage. I was on my feet when Josh won the title. It’s just you feel this stuff and it’s any commentator”. - Hannifan said, as quoted by TheOverTimer.
Tom Hannifan on Pat McAfee
Pat McAfee also played a big part in everything and had an impact on many. It seems exactly McAffe makes this sport exciting and more interesting. “I think the beauty of Pat McAfee is that he made it okay for commentators to jump up and down and literally get on the desk.
I mean, Cole’s not doing anything like that, but we all feel that emotion so, if anything, it’s just kind of loosened everybody up in commentary in all of professional wrestling,” Tom Hannifan said.