Madison Rayne Leaving Impact and Wrestling

Five-time TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne is reported leaving Impact Wrestling and wrestling altogether.

According to PWInsider, Rayne will be leaving Impact as she is about to take up a new full-time position at a job that is outside of the wrestling industry.

Rayne made her name as an in-ring competitor, mostly in TNA before it became Impact. Aside from holding the TNA Knockouts Championship, she also held the Knockouts Tag Team Championship twice.

She was the first person to ever hold both the Knockouts Championship and Tag Team Championship at the same time.

Rayne moved into a commentary role with Impact this year, alongside her real-life husband, Josh Matthews. She is the first female to do weekly commentary for the company.

She also wrestled from Shimmer and Ring on Honor and was a participant in the WWE’s 2018 Mae Young Classic.

Rayne has said in interviews that her move to commentary was spurred by “circumstances” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t without precedent though as she had done some commentary for Knockouts matches in the past.

The report that Rayne is moving on from commentary and from Impact follows reports last week made by Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Impact was looking for someone to join their commentary team alongside Matthews.