Backstage News On Why WWE Nixed Evan ‘Matt Sydal’ Bourne’s Return To ROH

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Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Recently released WWE Superstar Evan Bourne was scheduled to
appear at Ring of Honor’s pay-per-view in Nashville several weeks under his
former name, Matt Sydal. Bourne was scheduled to come out for an interview
before the ROH Title match and challenge the winner, saying he was coming for
the title but the angle had to be scrapped because of
WWE.

Most of the WWE talents that were released last month have 90
day non-compete clauses where they make their downside guarantees. They won’t be
100% free until around September 18th.

When Bourne got word of his WWE release, he contacted ROH
booker Hunter Johnson and said he had been given the OK to work for ROH. Bourne
was immediately booked by ROH. ROH officials then contacted WWE to get approval
in writing and after a few days, WWE informed them that Bourne would not be
allowed to appear for ROH until September.


Bourne was still backstage for the event and was just happy to
be there. He was also giving advice to the younger talents after their matches
as a way to justify the cost of his flight.


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