June 21, 2013
Matt Striker gone from WWE
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

Matt Striker in October 2009. Photo by Michael Coons

In a move announced Thursday on WWE.com, Matt Stryker's time with WWE has come to an end.

In a posting attributed to WWE.com's editorial staff, the company announced that it has, "chosen to not renew Matt Strikerís contract. As of today, June 20, 2013, Striker will no longer be working with WWE."

Striker, a long-time WWE employee, had most recently been used as an interviewer in backstage segments; but his time with the company began in an in-ring capacity and a rather auspicious one at that.

Striker, real name Matthew Kaye, debuted in WWE following a controversy surrounding his use of sick days from his day job of teaching to tour in Japan. The angle would carry over to WWE, when in 2005 Striker appeared under the name Matt Martel in a series of challenges with Kurt Angle. Angle blew the whistle on Matt repeatedly during these appearances.

Striker would later adopt a gimmick of being a teacher. He would repeatedly appear in interview segments with a traditional chalkboard in the background. Eventually, he would move to ECW and enjoy his most popular run with the brand as part of the New Breed faction, squaring off with the ECW Originals. Striker would soon after move out of the ring, however, and become the manager of Big Daddy V.

Following this brief stint, Striker moved to the announce position and became a color-analyst on ECW broadcasts. He would later move to Smackdown in a similar role, often incorporating WWE's long history into his calls. He would stay in this position until 2011 when he was replaced by Booker T.


By this time, Striker became the host of NXT during its days as a competition-based show. He would also transition to backstage interviews, where he spent the vast majority of his time up until release.

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