Jeremy Borash (July 19, 1974), is an American professional wrestling play-by-play commentator, announcer, ring announcer, booker, interviewer, producer and website designer who currently works for Impact Wrestling (previously Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) with whom he has been employed as a multifaceted staff member since the company's inception in 2002. Borash is the only on-screen personality to be present at the first ever Impact Wrestling event (then known as NWA:TNA) to remain continuously employed by the company, without interruption, to the present day.
Borash was involved in the now defunct World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling All-Stars promotions. He currently serves as a member of the Impact Wrestling broadcast team, as well as a backstage interviewer and member of the Impact creative team. He has also been the host of Impact Wrestling online content such as TNA Today in 2012 and TNA Xplosion in the UK on Challenge TV from 2011-2016.
Jeremy Borash was born just outside Minneapolis, Borash started a career in broadcasting at the age of 15, hosting both a nightly radio talk show and live television show in the Twin Cities. Borash's radio show on KSMM in Minneapolis, and television show "Jeremy Borash Live!" won several Minnesota broadcasting awards, as well as leading to on-air positions at KSTP and KDWB in the Twin Cities.
After graduating from Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Minneapolis, Borash took a position at the age of 19 as a program director/morning show host at KOOL 92 FM in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His popular "Borash in the Morning" show featured a wide variety of entertainment, including such acts as actually hypnotizing local politicians on the air, skydiving from 13,000 feet over Fort Dodge, and his popular breakfast drive through, where Borash would personally deliver free breakfast to his listeners cars as they drove by. His involvement in local community activities included serving on the board of the United Way, as well as Honorary Chairman for the March of Dimes, which received national attention when Borash became the youngest person ever nominated for radio's prestigious Marconi Award for Broadcasting as America's Small Market Personality of the Year in 1996.
Career in radio
Upon receiving this honor, offers came from around the country, and Borash chose to move back to Minnesota, as morning show host of KXLP in Mankato, Minnesota. At 22, Borash lasted only four months in Mankato, citing major creative differences with management after a New York radio consultant directed the station to name his on-air persona "Flash Borash." Borash soon found redemption months later, as he helped launch the syndicated "Ruth Koscielak Show," and as co-host, was back on the very station group he was fired from months earlier through the show's midwest syndication. Borash returned to a radio show format as host of the "Impact Wrestling Podcast" with TNA Knockout Christy Hemme.
Professional wrestling career
While working weekdays on the Koscielak show in Minneapolis, Borash started a weekly Saturday morning wrestling show at the very station he started with at the age of 15. Through the show, Borash met internet wrestling pioneer Bob Ryder, who quickly pitched the show concept to Eric Bischoff of Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling (WCW)
World Championship Wrestling (1999–2001)
In March 1999, WCW Live! premiered to an online audience with their first guest on the show, Hollywood Hogan. WCW Live! went on to become the most listened to streaming audio program in the world, often reaching 50k live audio streams nightly in an era of this new technology. While doing the nightly 2 hour internet show for WCW, Borash continued his stint on the Ruth Koscielak Show until August 1999, when he left Minneapolis to work full-time in the offices of WCW in Atlanta, where he went on to become one of the head writers for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT, as well as WCW Thunder on TBS.
Later that year, Borash premiered for the first time on WCW TV, co-hosting the year end special for WCW on TBS. Borash went on to make several appearances on WCW television as a play-by-play announcer for WCW Monday Nitro and WCW Thunder. His role eventually led to an on-air character as Vince Russo's stooge, including a memorable episode where Borash was attacked by Goldberg while driving Russo in his own pope-mobile vehicle at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
World Wrestling All-Stars (2001–02)
After the WWF purchased WCW in March 2001, Borash met Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus and together they launched the World Wrestling All-Stars organization. Later that year, Borash left for Australia and worked out of the offices of McManus at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The promotion's first tour of Australia concluded with a live pay per view from the Sydney Superdome called "The Inception", where Borash provided play-by-play commentary alongside Jerry "The King" Lawler. The WWA would go to produce numerous international tours, as well as live pay per view events from Las Vegas, Nevada, Glasgow, Scotland, Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, with Borash serving as executive producer and host.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling (2002–present)
In March 2002, Borash returned to the United States to join Jeff Jarrett in launching TNA Wrestling in Nashville, Tennessee. As the second employee the company hired, Borash worked in several positions for the organization including ring announcer, video editor, and show writer.
In January 2006, Borash became the backstage interviewer for TNA's Impact! on Spike TV, a position he dreamed of as a child, watching his idol Gene Okerlund in the AWA growing up in Minneapolis. Since becoming backstage interviewer, Borash actually became involved with the kayfabe politics of TNA, as his respect for Kurt Angle led him to be a constant presence during many of Angle's backstage segments and even gained him membership into Angle's stable, the Angle Alliance. He was humorously Karen Angle's maid of honor at her wedding vows renewal to Kurt on the Valentine's Day edition of Impact!.
In April 2007, Borash launched TNA Today on TNAWrestling.com, a show he hosts from the TNA corporate offices.
In early 2008, Borash announced that Samoa Joe was voted the MVP of TNA. Joe then attacked Borash, thus (kayfabe) injuring him, which is why Borash began wearing a neck brace on television. Borash has gone on to become the host of Internet-based "TNA Spin Cycle" which airs on TNA's YouTube channel. On January 17, 2010, at Genesis new executive producer Eric Bischoff took Borash off television. After Mick Foley agreed to work with Bischoff, Borash was brought back as the backstage interviewer on February 14 at Against All Odds. At Sacrifice, Borash was made the new ring announcer. On June 14, 2010, Borash began working as the lead play-by-play commentator for TNA Xplosion. He also worked as the color commentator beside Mike Tenay on July 10, 2011, at the Destination X pay-per-view. On October 25, 2012, Borash and the debuting Todd Keneley began working as the announce team for the first hour of Impact Wrestling. from June 12 edition of TNA Xplosion he started commentating with Mike Tenay. In 2012, along with Mike Tenay, he was there for his 10th year with the company. Borash assumed duties as TNA Wrestling's Director of Social Media, and took over the company's marketing online. Borash also was given the role as Executive Producer of the UK's Challenge TV exclusive "British Bootcamp", an acclaimed reality show featuring four aspiring UK wrestlers competing for a TNA contract. The show garnered high viewership and trended #1 in the UK on Twitter during its premiere episodes.
While Interviewing Ethan Carter III, Borash was engaged in a feud with him after he interfered to help Rockstar Spud. While Carter and his bodyguard Tyrus tried to head shave the head of Spud but due to interference of Borash, that attempt was failed. Rather than shaving Spud, Carter and Tyrus decided to shave Borash. This event caused an alliance with Spud and Borash, with Borash saving Spud numerous other times from getting his head shaved. Ken Anderson and Mandrews would also start to help Spud as well. On the February 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Borash, Anderson, Mandrews and Spud made an attempt to shave Carter's head but Tyrus saved him. Tyrus, instead got shaved by Spud.
Since April, 2015 Jeremy Borash has been conducting backstage interview at PPV's, One Night Only Events along with Christy Hemme and some Impact taping material. In addition to this Borash is still lead commentator for Xplosion until Josh Mathews took over. Since Bound for Glory 2015, Jeremy Borash went on hiatus until returned to interviewing on January 5, 2016. Also in 2016 Jeremy Borash returned to Xplosion alongside Josh Mathews and took over ring announcer position full-time while Christy Hemme goes on hiatus on the March 21, 2016 Borash returned to Impact Wrestling commentary for the night after Lashley attacked color commentator The Pope.
Newly–appointed Impact Wrestling President Ed Nordholm credits the invention of and the vision behind the Broken gimmick to Jeremy Borash, Dava Lagana and Billy Corgan, and while Borash specifically had the most input into the gimmick of the three aside from Matt, the Hardy family deny that Borash was the sole person behind the gimmick.
Documentary of ECW and Hardcore Homecoming
While working for TNA, Borash took up video editing and producing, and with only a laptop and video camera, set out to make a documentary on ECW, the organization Borash credits for rekindling his childhood love for professional wrestling. "Forever Hardcore" led to Borash co-promoting Hardcore Homecoming, a reunion of ECW wrestlers in Philadelphia's famed Viking Hall, the place where it all started. The Hardcore Homecoming event still holds the record for the largest gate of any independent show in US wrestling history, and was considered a historical success for the era, culminating with a surprise barbwire rematch of one of the most famous matches in ECW history with Terry Funk vs Sabu vs Shane Douglas, with featured referee Mick Foley. The show led to a Hardcore Homecoming tour, and the show's DVDs broke Billboard's Top 10 Sports and Rec DVD releases. The recent release of Forever Hardcore and Hardcore Homecoming in the UK debuted at #1 and #2 on the Sports and Recreational charts, over two years after their US release. The show holds the largest gate in the history of the ECW Arena, as a complete sellout with tickets ranging from $99–$149, with premiums given to all fans attending.
Other television appearances
|2005||Blue Collar TV||Himself||along with other TNA Superstars|
|2003||Head of State||"Wrestling announcer"|
|GFW Impact! roster|
Abyss • Adam Thornstowe • Alberto El Patrón • Andrew Everett • Bram • Braxton Sutter • Bruce Prichard • Caleb Konley • Chris Adonis • Dave Crist • David Penzer • DJ Z • Drago • Eddie Edwards • Eli Drake • Ethan Carter III • Fallah Bahh • Garza Jr. • Grado • Homicide • Idris Abraham • Jake Crist • James Storm • Jeremy Borash • John Hennigan • Josh Matthews • KM • Kongo Kong • Laredo Kid • Lashley • Luster The Legend • Mahabali Shera • Mario Bokara • Marshe Rockett • Matt Sydal • Mayweather • Moose • Ortiz • Santana • Rockstar Spud • Sonjay Dutt • Swoggle • Trevor Lee • Wilcox
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