Eric Novak from ARWP “ALL Real Wrestling Podcast” talked with Matt Sydal aka Evan Bourne about a wide range of topics. From his signing with AEW, time with NJPW, WWE WrestleMania, Randy Orton RKO and more.
Matt Sydal talks about AEW:
“The guys that came out of PWG eventually started the company AEW and I mean it just goes to show you it took a little long for somebody to capitalize on it but I mean they’ve been putting their hearts into some really incredible work for some time and it’s just a matter of time before somebody wanted to utilize that and make it a giant international destination instead of just receive a little American legion Hall.
I always feel like what AEW is going for is the PWG spirit that mentality is sort of is the heart in the right place, I believe in what they do and there’s a lot of good wrestling and I love being in AEW and there’s definitely benefits to being with these companies that are taking care of the wrestlers during this time.
Matt Sydal talks about one of the most iconic moments in his career with Randy Orton:
“Yeah I mean this was something that I had talked to Randy about it on Saturday or Sunday and then we did it on Monday I mean it’s just one of those things where everything fell into place it was the right opportunity to sell the pay-per-view coming up and we thought this would be a great way to lead into it, it was like super exciting on and I thought the way it was shot with the way the cameraman shot me climbing up to the top rope and the way they captured the moment it really did bring people out of their seats which is the goal to go for every night and it was just that night we punched through the screen and got through to everybody that night and that’s just one of my most proudest moments.
I don’t really remember what the backstage reaction was because we just move on the show goes on you don’t dwell on that moment you don’t know how impactful it was but the thing with the shooting star press is that it hurts the least when I land on somebody who’s like a big fella it hurts the most when you miss it and just belly-flop but that would only be more as if you get RKO at the same time so it is the most painful landing that I could have endured but for me I wouldn’t think twice about doing that again for that moment because it’s timeless and that’s what everybody goes for in wrestling.”
Will he Return to NJPW, Tagging with Ricochet, Young Bucks:
“Yeah I’d love to go back there you know there’s nothing that works right now but NJPW is one of my favorite wrestling organizations I’ve worked for I love and respect what they do I think it’s one of the greatest places for junior heavyweights and yeah like I said the thing with where you wrestle is it’s made up of the wrestlers that are a part of the company so I don’t really divide things up by companies it’s sort of like who’s in the locker room with me when I’m there and the NJPW locker room is just like their star-studded they’re hard-working honorable guys like the guy American guys I was working with at that time Kyle O’ Riley and Bobby Fish the Young Bucks that they’re absolutely the best tag teams in the world and I love tag-team wrestling if you know my history I really came into my own wrestling for Dragon Gate which is famous for tag and six-man tag matches so I really love tagging with Ricochet and really getting to stay in my wheelhouse because I wouldn’t say you know you keep trying to say that things are restricted or I’m held down but you can only wrestle the person that’s in front of you and when you have the Young Bucks in front of you your options are a lot superior than what I was given in WWE the Great Khali wasn’t exactly the most agile big man to work with however I did have matches with Mark Henry that I think we’re badass and took .”