Matt Sydal, formerly known as Evan Bourne in WWE, recently spoke with SportsKeeda about various topics. For years, lighter weight wrestlers were rarely placed in the main event as WWE was known as the land of the giants. Before the current era in WWE, the likes of Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero were those who could break away from the mid-card as smaller wrestlers and placed in the main event scene. WWE has brought back the cruiserweight division and even introduced the Cruiserweight Classic last year, which ultimately led to the company creating a cruiserweight show on the WWE Network that is called 205 Live. Although WWE still has big men, the company has focused on those who can put together compelling matches and created new stars. The list is long of Superstars who have been made in WWE that are smaller guys such as Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. Sydal was asked if high flyers in the WWE are not given the same opportunity. Sydal doesn’t believe that is the case.
No, it’s different because I don’t care about TV time. I see wrestling very different from other people. Maybe according to certain people, I’ve heard that as a commonality. I’ll be honest; I never felt like I got a lack of time. Now they have their own TV show, and 205 Live didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s something WWE had been planning for ten years. You can’t just make the show appear like that.They work hard to feature all their wrestlers, and they’re trying to maximize the amount of money they can make out of everybody, which is what WWE does really well, and they’ve managed to turn that not only into their own feature, but they could possibly turn that into a brand which travels separately and earns WWE a fourth income. So it’s in the best interest that they feature the cruiserweights.But sometimes there are the iconic people like Conor McGregor and George St. Pierre. You need the Bryan Danielsons, and Nevilles and even the bigger guys. What I’m saying is that there’s no height or weight requirement to be an entertainer, and that’s something that Austin Aries taught me when I was very young, and it shows right now with these incredible, eye-catching performers, and it’s regardless of the height or weight, so that’s my take on that.
Sydal was in WWE from 2008 – 2014. After working on the independent scene as well as New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor, he recently decided to join Impact Wrestling. Sydal was asked about his return to Impact and if the promotion gives more creative freedom. He stated that although he has only wrestled at four TV tapings with the company, he feels like it is loose and creative.
“I feel the creative juices flowing when I’m at Impact. It’s a place where creativity, individuality, and originality are encouraged. I do take it one step at a time, but I’m on my way to the path, and that path is leading me to my destiny. I’ve wanted to become X-Division Champion since I began wrestling. When that belt came out, it was MADE WITH MY NAME ON IT. That was the type of wrestling I wanted to embody. And I believe I’ve done that and carried the torch of the X-division even though I haven’t been in the X-division since it debuted. Now is my chance to get the crown.”
Sydal also talked about his inspirations, PWG, and more. You can read the entire interview here.