Matt Striker On Alex Riley As Potential Replacement, Issues When He First Got To WWE

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Gary Cantrell interviewed Matt Striker and passed along the following transcript:

Matt Striker was a guest on The Shoot radio show on June 25th. To hear the full 20 minute interview please visit this link.

On Alex Riley as a potential replacement:

"He's a good kid. He's a taller better looking version of Matt Striker. I believe he's a graduate from Boston College, he's well spoken, he's bright and I think its a great opportunity for Alex Riley. To me, this is what is my saving grace i'm gone now and then I read that it's Alex Riley that sitting in that chair and I think about all the conversations I've had with Alex Riley, maybe one thing I said to him he uses on the show and he's now the breath of fresh air, he's now the new guy, I don't fault anyone for that. WWE gives opportunity, they gave me an opportunity, their giving Alex Riley an opportunity and I expect great things for Alex Riley and i'm genuinely happy for him"

Issues when he first got to WWE:

"When I first came to the WWE, I did not wear humility well. I think people mistook my New York-ness and my excitement for arrogance and I am glad that that happened, i'm glad that some of these battle tested veterans sat me down in their way and said hey man I slept in a car, wrestled for $5 and did all these things so that a kid like you could walk in here right now and once I started to realize that I began to adopt the same theories and mentality."

Also in the interview he talks about how he handled his release, how he interacts with others, and a whole lot more!

  • Hulk Joegan

    I like Matt Striker, he’s an informative and interesting commentator…shame to see him go, wish the best for him

  • Mohan Ramnath

    best dam commentator next to JR

  • Nostaljack

    He’s surely a different guy. The interview is quite the revelation. You guys have to hear this.

  • Eddie

    It’s a shame that Matt Striker was released from his W.W.E. contract. He is one of the most underrated, underutilized and extremely talented broadcast commentators in the mat sport today, and would’ve been the perfect complement to play-by-play announcers Michael Cole and Josh Matthews during the company’s television and pay-per-view broadcasts, if given at least half the chance. And although it’s too early to tell where he may go next (be it Ring of Honor or T.N.A.), I would like to wish the “Extreme Educator” all the best in wherever direction he may take next in the world of professional wrestling, and look forward to hear from him again someday soon. Hang in there, Matt!!!