Newly signed AEW Star Matt Sydal (F.K.A Evan Bourne in WWE) recently appeared as a guest on the Chris Van Vliet show to talk about a number of topics, including how his appearance at All Out came about, how hard he has worked for the last two years and the scary slip he had at All Out.
Below are the highlights:
On how his appearance at All Out came about:
“It was a really nice surprise for me, because I had just finished filming the Ring of Honor Pure Title Tournament in Baltimore for a whole week and sort of thought my next booking wouldn’t be until this October’s set of Ring of Honor tapings. And sure enough, I got a phone call basically the night before the PPV to see if I was available to work. And it sounded like an awesome spot. So yeah, it was just done old-school style, ‘Hey, give me a call and I’ll be on my way.’”
On how hard he has worked for the last two years:
“For the last two years since I last left Impact in 2018, I’ve spent basically the last two years just trying to be health, be strong, and be ready for when that opportunity comes. And I sort of felt like that’s what I’ve been putting into the universe. I’ve really been working towards it, even though it’s not like — I didn’t go on podcasts and say ‘Oh yeah, my goal is to be in AEW,’ because that’s a little more revealing than you want to say. But really, it had been a focus of mine.”
On the scary slip he had at All Out:
“I was so lucky I didn’t get injured. I mean, that was the craziest turn of events that happened. I can say I’ve jumped off that rope thousands of times, and zero times have I had a slip like that. Zero. That was the first one. This is also the first time there were fireworks exploding in the background, and there’s a million excuses. But I’m not going to take them.
I mean, that was just, it didn’t go well. But what did go well for me, I mean, like I said, the universe had my back on this one. Because when I slipped, I just basically reached back with my arm and as I would have rotated directly onto my head … if you look at the rotation, that was basically set for a pogo stick on my dome. I reached my arm out, the rope was there, and basically it kept me from turning over onto my head. And I just turned partway, landed on my back, and just kind of rolled onto my head. And so I mean, it was just super scary. it was like ‘life flashes before your eyes’-type scary.”
You can check out Matt Sydal’s comments in the video below: