Matt Striker recently spoke about his time in WWE, his release and more. Here are the highlights…
His feelings on being released from the WWE: "Yeah I mean it's, it's kind of like losing a family member. It's kind of like breaking up with your best girl. It's—it sucks. From what I understand, WWE is continually growing and wants to go in certain directions and invest in certain new directions and talents and for whatever the reasons were, I was not a part of that growth process. And I say this in all honesty; if the number one creative minds in the company that we all love says right now, you don't fit in here. Even if I wanted to stomp my feet and cry and scream, I have to respect the fact that there's a reason for everything. And if these minds are making this executive decision, who am I to counter that? I'm sure there is a reason for it. Maybe it's something I'm not supposed to know. But either way, it's the decision they made and I have no choice but to respect it."
On what other possible growth did he need to do to remain with the company: "I think what, now in retrospect that I didn't understand then was; an announcer's role, an interviewer's role is to just be vanilla. It's like being a referee, we shouldn't notice you. And I think that the difficult position I was in was try not to be noticed. And that's difficult for me when passion just kind of oozes out of me. And for whatever the reason is, in the assignment I was given as an announcer or as a backstage interviewer, perhaps I stepped—just my shoulder too much into the spotlight. Or for whatever the reasons are, you know, that's the case. And that's it. I made a joke in another interview that in 6 months, I'm gonna get real fat, grow my hair out, grow a beard and go apply for a job in the WWE mailroom and see if anyone notices just so I can be around the product. Just kind of still hang out with the cool kids, so to speak."
On if he knew or had a feeling he was going to be released: Well, looking back on it, yes and no. I think in my naivety and my ignorance I didn't want to see the writing (on the wall). In the last month or six weeks, I wasn't on any WWE programming at all. Whether it be the app or other than Superstars commentary. I was wondering if maybe there was something coming down the line, maybe they was a new idea to put me back as a manager or a competitor or whatever the case may be. But I just started to see that a lot of new faces were coming in and their marching orders were very different. And they towed that line and I always kind of seemed to, do my thing. You know I just couldn't resist telling anyone about Nick Bockwinkel and Larry Zbyszko. And damn it no one cares."
On the lack of history or knowledge of wrestling being integrated into the current product: Guys, you got to understand something. WWE is an entertainment company that uses wrestling as a vehicle, it's not a wrestling company. And that's something I had to learn. No one give's a crap about Billy Robinson. No one cares about Mr. Saito and Mr. Fuji. All they care about is that John Cena has to take on Mark Henry and why. And I think that's something that we all need to kind of understand."
On whether there is a place for him in the WWE in the future: "I appreciate when people come up to me but the people who make that decision? The three main people don't feel that way. Which also leads me to believe there has to be a reason. I may have done something that I don't know about that has gotten back to the WWE and they are just trying to protect themselves and me by saying, you know what? Let's cut ties with you for a little while. I don't know. That's the big thing but again when you're a kid and your mom says you can't go out and you say why and she says because I'm your mom and I say so. And that's it."
On his emotional ties to the WWE, how much he loves the company and if part of him wishes he was still there: "Oh yeah. I'm not gonna lie. (laughs) Are you kidding me? A little insight into the person that plays Matt Striker, I guess. I...