Matt Striker says Wrestlemania is all about driving stock price higher‏

Feb 6, 2014 - by Steve Gerweck

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Former WWE Superstar Matt Striker entered the VOC Nation Radio
Network’s IN THE ROOM Studio to discuss his love of independent
professional wrestling, the CM Punk/WWE situation, Wrestlemania, and

The entire interview can be heard at on the “VOC Wrestling Nation” show, which can be heard LIVE every
Wednesday at 5:30PM ET.

Here are some highlights of Matt’s interview:

On why he works the small independent promotions: “I remember when
I first started, guys helped me out. Guys stayed late in the gym to
work with me, or some big name stars would come back to Gleason’s
(gym where Striker was trained by Johnny Rodz) and I remember how
great that was. I’m going back (to the small venues) because
it’s the right thing to do, and maybe some wrestling student there
will go on to great things based on my appearance.”

On what it took to stay relevant in the WWE for 8 years: “The
first thing is to check your ego. Some guys honestly believe that
they either really won that match or that they really are the
champion. Everyone has a blog now, everyone has a radio show or
podcast now; people need to put their ego in check and realize that
they’re not that important. The business has gone on before them
and it will go on after them. (While everyone was focused on being)
the next John Cena, I focused on being the best backstage guy and the
best promo guy, and seeing how many hats I could wear.”

On the CM Punk situation: “I’ve known Punk since I started; he
and I are good friends outside of wrestling. There’s no sense in
trying to dive into someone’s head…you’re going to be wrong
nine times out of ten anyway. Everyone has an opinion, but the only
thing anyone knows (for sure) is what they read on the Internet, and
none of the Internet pundits are walking around backstage; it’s all
second and third hand information. The only person that knows for
sure is (CM Punk).

On Wrestlemania being headlined by part timers: “The whole view of
the WWE is, ‘what is the stock doing today?’ That’s all anyone
cares about. The Rock headlining Wrestlemania the last two years was
a business decision and was about putting the most amount of money
possible in people’s pockets. (Batista being involved) is (best
for business). He’s going to be featured in a Marvel movie
that’s going to be released right around Wrestlemania. He’s
going to put new eyes on the product, which gets them to buy the
product and buy the network, and the stock goes up and people make

On the WWE Network: “I think that the medium that the network is
based on is interesting and unproven. Now there’s so much
technology that you can watch your computer on your TV. WWE (has the
chance) to catch lightning in a bottle. When MTV put on the Real
World, everyone said it was a mistake, and now you can’t find a
music video on MTV. I think WWE is going to do just fine. The
original programming will carry the new viewer, and the classic stuff
will carry the people who love wrestling.

On the DVD he did with Highspots: I watch it now and I cringe.
There is so much more to put out there. The best for me is when
young wrestlers come up to me and tell me that they watch the DVD and
they’re learning (from it).

On other promotions having programs on the WWE Network: If other
wrestling programs can be featured on the network without having to
give up their rights, I think it would be very interesting. WWE is
not a wrestling company. The fan that watching Ring of Honor is not
going to be the same fan that is a WWE fan.

On Independent Wrestling: “Support independent wrestling. There
are so many guys out there that are busting their ass for little to
no appreciation. Without the independents, you wouldn’t have CM
Punk or Daniel Bryan.”

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Matt Striker will be appearing in Brooklyn, NY at Johnny Rodz’
Gleason’s Gym on February 15.

This Tuesday Feb 11 at 9PM ET, former WWE and TNA Star Devon Dudley
will sit down in the IN THE ROOM studios on on the IN THE ROOM show with Brady Hicks.

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