WWE.com posted the following article this afternoon:
“WWE.com has learned that WWE has chosen to not renew Matt Striker’s contract. As of today, June 20, 2013, Striker will no longer be working with WWE.
WWE wishes him the best in all his future endeavors.”
Striker, real name Matthew Kaye, began working for the WWE in 2005 as a wrestler after wrestling in the independent scene since 2000. Kaye gained mainstream media attention when he was forced to resign from his NY public school full-time teaching job when it was discovered he was using his vacation and sick days to actually wrestle in Japan. Striker began his WWE career on Raw before quickly being moved over to the newly “reborn” ECW brand where he continued his heel teacher persona.
Striker’s in-ring career didn’t last long though as he briefly managed Big Daddy V before transitioning full-time into a color commentator. While popular with a lot of WWE fans, Striker’s style of commentating wasn’t a hit with WWE management and he was used sparingly as a commentator on Superstars as well as a backstage interviewer, host of NXT and various home video releases.
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