In an interview with The Miami Herald, Matt “Evan Bourne” Sydal spoke about his release from WWE, returning to Ring of Honor and more. Sydal was out of action in WWE since 2012 after a car accident broke and dislocated his foot.
On how WWE treated him following his injury: “WWE was pretty wonderful to me because I was able to rehab my foot 100 percent before I was released. So they released the healthiest, the best, physically and mentally fit Matt into the world of wrestling. They were able to make it so during the time I couldn’t have worked at all they would take care of me. They were providing a great support system. Then after I got fired I was healthy and ready to rock. Honestly, I missed wrestling. So if they weren’t going to use me or have anything for me, it was the nice thing to let me go. Sure, I would have loved to stay, but change is always a good thing.”
On the differences between WWE and Ring of Honor: “The electric vibe in the building and backstage is something I didn’t feel in WWE, except for a big show like WrestleMania or Royal Rumble. In Ring of Honor, every pay-per-view and show feels like a WrestleMania event. It feels like a big deal. You can feel everyone in the locker room trying to one-up each other. You see guys really going the extra mile. People who have the ability to let themselves flourish in the ring, and they don’t have fear of repercussions for taking chances and risks…”