Wrestling By The Numbers: Matt Striker

Jun 27, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck

Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Photo credit: World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the release of occasional wrestler and WWE Superstars commentator Matthew ‘Matt Striker’ Kaye. The 38-year-old Queens New York native had spent the past 8-years working for the WWE first as a regular in-ring performer and later as an announcer. Kaye was signed by the WWE in 2005 after mainstream media outlets published stories about him resigning from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, where he was a full-time social studies teacher, after an investigation revealed he had used 11-sick days in a 3-month period to fulfill wrestling commitments in Japan. The WWE used Kaye’s real life situation debuting Matt Striker as a villainous teacher who worked on the WWE Raw Brand and also spent time in the WWE’s developmental territory Deep South Wrestling. From August of 2006 until June 2008 Striker wrestled and managed on the WWE ECW Brand before transitioning into extensive work as a commentator, interviewer and host in recent years.

Matthew Kaye is a 13-year professional wrestling veteran who first debuted back in the year 2000 after having been trained by WWE Hall Of Famer Johnny Rodz. Throughout his career Kaye has competed as Matt Striker, Matt Martel, Matt Lachey, Matt Rite, Muscles Marinara, Prince Striker and The Ultimate Striker. Prior to joining the WWE he wrestled for numerous independent promotions including Impact Championship Wrestling, Jersey All-Pro Wrestlling and the New York Wrestling Connection. In both 2004 and 2005 Kaye competed in tours of Japan with Pro Wrestling Zero 1 and also had a short stint in Ring Of Honor Wrestling before signing with the WWE.

Below we look at the professional wrestling career of Matthew ‘Matt Striker’ Kaye by the numbers…

World Wrestling Entertainment:

* 3 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.

* 5 Matches Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.

* 29 Events As A Commentator ( 6th Most All-Time ) on WWE Pay-Per-View. (First Pay-Per-View: 2008 Summerslam Last Pay-Per-View: 2011 Royal Rumble Commentating Partners: Todd Grisham, Josh Matthews, Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler)

* 13 Events As An Interviewer on WWE Pay-Per-View.

* 14 Matches on WWE Raw.

* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw.

* 6 Matches on WWE Smackdown.

* 26 Matches ( 23rd Most All-Time ) on WWE ECW On Syfy/TNN. (First Match: September 19th 2006 With Test & Mike Knox Vs Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman & Sabu Last Match: June 17th 2008 Vs Evan Bourne.

* 8 Main Event Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy/TNN.

* 18 Matches on WWE Heat.

* 3 Main Event Matches on WWE Heat.

* 4 Matches on WWE NXT Wrestling.

* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE NXT Wrestling.

Ring Of Honor Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.

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