Matt Striker Talks Vince McMahon As A Boss, Booker T Replacing Him, TNA, Savage, His WWE Departure
Wrestling INC: Now, you did a lot of different things during that time. You managed, you wrestled, commentary and hosting the DVDs. What would you say are some of your favorite memories during the last stint?
Striker: That's interesting. I had almost three lives at WWE. The wrestling memories were fantastic. Wrestling Kurt Angle, wrestling Undertaker, wrestling Triple H. That was awesome. Traveling, being around the boys, being a part of it. Great memories, every single one of them. From Wrestlemania to a Heat match I had in Des Moines, Iowa, they were all awesome. Commentary I had a lot of fun because I got to call Tommy Dreamer winning the ECW title. I got to call Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker. I got to call a lot of Edge's matches. Do some DVD extra work with Chris Jericho and Ricky Steamboat. I enjoyed that. As far as interviewing guys, I always liked when I got punched in the face or choke slammed or stuff like that because people seemed to like me getting my ass kicked. I have no idea why.
Wrestling INC: During your time with WWE, was it difficult being able to keep up with other organizations like ROH or TNA? Were you able to keep up with them?
Striker: No. I still kept up with baseball and hockey while I worked for WWE, so why not keep up with other things? You'd get your information differently. I wouldn't have time to sit and watch programs, maybe I'd read something on the Internet or verify it with a magazine, actually talk to some guys, watch a few matches on the computer. But, I was able to keep up with the things that I was interested in. It wasn't a question of you watch TNA? You work for WWE! That wasn't the case at all.
Wrestling INC: What are you thoughts of TNA?
Striker: I think it's great. I think it gives an opportunity to guys and there are some guys that are doing TNA since their beginning that have made a viable mark for themselves in our industry. It's nice to have an alternative. It's nice for there to be something that fans can watch other than the main thing. I like it. It's different. A lot of my friends are there. And again, I love wrestling so anything that's good for wrestling is good in my mind and TNA is good for wrestling.
Wrestling INC: How do you compare today's product to the stuff we grew up with?
Striker: You can't. Apples and oranges, my friend. What we grew up with will always live in the past and there'll be some things and aspects of it that will live forever. Psychology will never change. That will always be the same. But, as far as WWE goes, they're not a wrestling company. People need to realize that. They're an entertainment company. It's a big difference. If done right, wrestling can be very entertaining and I think there's the main, main difference. All sports, all mediums of entertainment change. Movies aren't the same anymore. Baseball isn't the same anymore and it never will be. Same thing with wrestling. You cannot compare the two.
Wrestling INC: What do you see yourself doing next? Would you like to stay with the business? Is teaching something you'd like to get back to? What do you think, ideally, would be next?
Striker: Again, want to hear God laugh? Tell him your plan. In the interim, yes, staying involved in the business is something that is near and dear to my heart. Passing along everything I've learned and learning more things is definitely something I want to do. I've been doing some stunt work and some acting and some voice overs and I really enjoy that, enjoy the creativity and the ability to improvise. Teaching is near and dear to my heart and listen, there's worse things I can do than 9 to 3, go teach some high school kids about social studies and make a mark. So yes, these are all things I see myself doing. Or I could totally just pack it all up, get a surfboard shop on Venice Beach and live the high life until I die.
Wrestling INC: That sounds fun too. Thanks again, Matt for taking the time to speak with us. Do you have any upcoming appearances or anything that you'd like to plug?
Striker: Yeah. Thank God I'm actually pretty booked every single weekend. I'll be doing some seminars and trying to head over seas to England. If anyone out in Europe could use me, I'd be more than happy to. But, on my Twitter account is my email address, feel free to hit me up. Every weekend I'm going to be in a different city, so maybe I'm in your city. Come and say hi.
You can check out the first part of the interview here, where Striker discussed being a wrestling fan growing up, wrestling while teaching and getting outed, signing with WWE, how he became a commentator, competing at Wrestlemania 23, ECW and much more. You can also follow him on Twitter @Matt_Striker_.
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