Matt Sydal

  • Born: 03/19/1983 in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Birthname: Matthew Joseph Korklan
  • Height & Weight: 5'6", 165 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWE Tag Team Championship – with Kofi Kingston
  • Slammy Award for Best Finishing Maneuver (2008)
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Ricochet
  • NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship – with Ricochet & Satoshi Kojima
  • Impact Grand Championship
  • Impact X-Division Championship
  • ROH World Tag Team Championship – with Christopher Daniels

Between 2000 and 2007, Korklan wrestled on the independent circuit, for promotions including NWA Midwest, IWA-Mid South, and Ring of Honor, winning both singles and tag team championships. He also wrestled for the short-lived Wrestling Society X and was featured on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s early pay-per-view events.

Beginning in 2005, he wrestled for Dragon Gate in Japan, and won the Open the Brave Gate Championship in early 2007. He signed with WWE in 2007, and made his main roster debut as Evan Bourne on ECW the following year. In 2011, he formed an alliance with Kofi Kingston, known as Air Boom, and they won the WWE Tag Team Championship. In 2012, he was suspended for violating WWE’s wellness policy, and then injured his foot in a motorcycle accident, forcing him out of action. Without reappearing on television, he was released from WWE in 2014 and returned to wrestling on the independent circuit under his former ring name.

He has also wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he is a former two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and a one-time NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion. Korklan is known for his high flying but hybrid lucha libre and puroresu styles of wrestling and was named the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best Flying Wrestler in 2008.

Notable Feuds

vs. AJ Styles

w/ Christopher Daniels vs. The Kings of Wrestling

vs. Jack Swagger

Other Notable Achievements

Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate Championship

IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship

Ted Petty Invitational (2005)

NJPW Super Jr. Tag Tournament (2015) – with Ricochet

NWA Midwest X Division Championship

OVW Heavyweight Championship

The Lord of The World Championship

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards: Best Flying Wrestler (2008)

Best Wrestling Maneuver (2008) Shooting star press

Most Underrated (2009)