Matt Sydal On His Impact Wrestling Deal, WWE Run, State Of Wrestling Business

Former WWE Superstar and current Impact Wrestling star Matt Sydal (aka Evan Bourne) recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet for an interview. Below are some of the highlights.

On his deal with Impact Wrestling: “I do work for Impact Wrestling, but I’m just a straight up freelance agent in wrestling. I can work for anybody at any time. Basically every company calls me up.”

On the current state of the wrestling business: “The wrestling scene is on fire. I started feeling it three years ago and I could have told you that you better stay tuned because wrestling was about to get that boom again, just like we had in 1997 when it got real. Wrestling has become its own thing separate from what it was in the past and now when people think of pro wrestlers they don’t think of Hulk Hogan, they’re thinking of guys like me. When you say what does a pro wrestler look like, this is what a pro wrestler looks like in this day and age.”

On his belief that he is the best Cruiserweight star in the industry right now: “I’m the best Crusierweight, X Division, Junior Heavyweight wrestler whatever you want to call it. The way that everybody tries to put their matches on, they’re basically just trying to do what I do. It’s as simple as that. I was just lucky to be there ahead of the curve to be the driving force behind bringing this amazing style of wrestling from Japan that combined Lucha Libre, American professional wrestling, Canadian professional wrestling and Japanese wrestling all into one beautiful mix that fans worldwide absolutely can’t get enough of.”

On his run in WWE: “You guys have no idea what it’s like to walk in there. I’m 24-years old and the wizards of wrestling are all in front of me and you can ask them any question you want and they’ll just give you free advice. The business is so different from when I began to now that it’s important for me to take a look at the business today and think about how I want to be today, as opposed to carrying any momentum from the past.”

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