EVOLVE announced Friday that Matt Sydal will be making appearances for the promotion in November and December under his former WWE in-ring name of Evan Bourne.
The announcement notes that Sydal is returning as Evan Bourne for the first time since 2013.
Sydal signed with WWE in 2007 and was assigned to then the company’s developmental territory under Florida Championship Wrestling. He was called up to the main roster in 2008 and debuted under the WWE version of ECW on June 3, 2008.
In 2011 Sydal and Kofi Kingston as the team of Air Boom held held the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Also during his time in WWE, he was suspended twice for violating the company’s wellness policy.
Following a motorcycle accident in March 2012, Sydal returned in 2013 at an NXT Live Event.
He was released in June 2014 after not appearing on WWE television for almost a year.
Following his release, Sydal made appearances in Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and most recently IMPACT Wrestling.
Sydal’s contract with IMPACT expired on January 1, 2019 and chose not to re-sign with the company.
You can read the full annoucement from EVOLVE below, which includes the dates and locations of the events Bourne will appear.
Evan Bourne To Be Reborn In EVOLVE!
Orlando, FL- EVOLVE is excited to announce that Evan Bourne is returning to action for the first time since 2013. Bourne is signed for the following EVOLVE events:
-EVOLVE 139 on November 9th in Queens, NY
-EVOLVE 140 on November 10th in Brooklyn, NY
-EVOLVE 141 on December 6th in Livonia, MI
-EVOLVE 142 on December 7th in Chicago, IL
Go to the WWNLive.com Events section for ticket and show info.
Evan Bourne was one of the WWE’s most exciting stars. He was known for his spectacular “Air Bourne” finisher off the top rope. He rose to being WWE Tag Team Champions along with Kofi Kingston. Bourne’s last match was in 2013 and he parted ways with WWE in 2014. He competed as Matt Sydal, but the Evan Bourne name and persona was retired.
Bourne now wants to make a comeback. EVOLVE’s connection to NXT allows him to revive the “Evan Bourne” name and precision style that thrilled WWE audiences.
”There has never been a more ideal moment for Evan Bourne to return,” Bourne said. “I’m thankful for this rebirth. I’m thrilled for this opportunity, and I will open everyone’s eyes at EVOLVE. On November 9th and 10th, come see what I’m saying.”
“We have so many unique opportunities with the EVOLVE connection to WWE,” EVOVLE VP Of Talent Relations & Creative Gabe Sapolsky said. “We can put on matches with talent that no one else on the independent wrestling level can. One of these unique opportunities is being able to revive Evan Bourne. I know he is very hungry and looks at this as a comeback opportunity. I”ve know him since 2004 and I’m very excited to be working with him again.”
We will have information on Bourne’s opponents early next week. Bourne will also be available for Meet & Greets at all his scheduled EVOLVE events. Stay tuned to www.WWNLive.com for the latest.