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Madison Rayne announces retirement from Impact Wrestling

Madison Rayne has confirmed she is retiring from Impact Wrestling.

During the closing moments of tonight’s Hard to Kill pre-show, Rayne confirmed that she was retiring from Impact. She talked about her career spanning three different decades, and after twelve years, she was retiring. She said it was time to go home, be a mom, and move on with her life.

It had been reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Rayne was leaving Impact, and a new commentary team for the company was being set. She and her husband, Josh Mathews, had been the commentary team for both Impact Wrestling and Impact’s specials and pay-per-view events. The new commentary team of Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown made their debut tonight on Hard to Kill.

Mathews has since been promoted to Senior Producer.

Rayne first appeared in Impact Wrestling in 2009, aligning herself with Velvet Sky and Angelina Love, The Beautiful People. Throughout her run with the company, she won the Knockouts championship five times and the Knockouts Tag Team titles twice.