Madison Rayne had a tremendous 2018, to say the least. She had a good run in Impact Wrestling, competed in the Mae Young Classic and is now currently working at Ring of Honor. Madison spoke to Sporting News, where among other things, she talked about her time at Ring of Honor, almost retiring from wrestling, leaving Impact Wrestling.
On her time at Ring of Honor:
“My short-term, personal goal after winning the Women of Honor Championship is to be part of that history-making show at Madison Square Garden (in April). I joke and say that it’s only natural that Madison Rayne would be at Madison Square Garden, but on more serious note, Ring of Honor is making history in doing this show. I still don’t know that I’ve completely wrapped my brain around how big that’s going to be for wrestling, for Ring of Honor, and for Women of Honor.”
On almost retiring from professional wrestling:
“I would have been OK with it because, for me, I feel like I had a really successful career at Impact. I feel like I was able to contribute to a division that has been strong for many years and continues to be. I’ve seen places in this world that I didn’t know existed prior to going there. I came close enough that there was a serious sit-down conversation between my husband (Impact Wrestling broadcast Josh Mathews) and I in our house. I never got to a point in my brain where I said to myself, ‘I’m done.’ I had strong enough thoughts that it was at least a conversation. For me, that’s close enough.”
On her leaving Impact Wrestling:
“It was uncomfortable in a good way. I had the tryout at the WWE Performance Center and that felt way different than anything I had ever done at Impact. I got back out on the indie scene a bit more. I was with Ring of Honor. I went back to Shimmer and all of those places felt good, but it was just different. It’s like the difference in being a freshman in high school to a senior.”
You can read the full interview here.