By Graham "GSM" Matthews
It was revealed no more than an hour ago that Matt Striker (a.k.a. Matthew Kaye) has been released from his WWE contract. He stated via Twitter that he was informed that his contract will not be renewed by WWE and is now available for appearances and interviews. Striker tweeted the following earlier today:
"Was just informed by @WWE that my contract will not be renewed. I am now available 4 appearances, signings seminars & wrestling. Deep breath"
He followed up with this tweet a short time later:
"Thanks for all the support. To book plz email ForMattStriker@gmail.com @WWE has your entertainment first in their mind. Support that product"
Striker signed with WWE in early 2005 and worked as an in-ring competitor until August 2008. From that point forward, Striker was utilized as a commentator, interview and host of many of WWE's programs including ECW, SmackDown, WWE Superstars, NXT and more.
As a fan of Striker's work, I am vastly disappointed by this news. He made for a good commentator before being pulled from the SmackDown broadcast team in January 2011. He still made on-air appearances as an interviewer on all of WWE's televised programs. Given his long tenure with the company, I'm surprised to see his contract not renewed. I wish him the best in all of his future endeavors and hope he continues to succeed wherever he goes from here.