Matthew Joseph Korklan (born March 19, 1983), known by his ring name of Evan Bourne, is a professional wrestler currently wrestling for WWE, but also known for stints in several other promotions, such as Dragon Gate , TNA and Ring of Honor, where he was known by the name of Matt Sydal. His WWE debut took place in 2008 with the now-defunct ECW brand. Best known for his ability to excite the crowd with his array of high-flying maneuvers but is a young veteran at the age of 29 getting his legal wrestling license at 17, when it's you have to be 18 to do so. He is a former high school wrestler and is trained in martial arts and gymnastics. In Dragon Gate he won the Open The Brave Gate Championship, is one time Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champion,note With Christopher Daniels and a one time WWE Tag Team Champion.note With Kofi Kingston
Cast from Hit Points: Like most high flyers, the ends of his maneuvers tend to take something out of him, too.
A Day in the Limelight: His feud with Chris Jericho is one of the very few time he's been given any sort of a push. Same can be said for when he won the Tag Team titles with Kofi, their reign might have been more memorable if he hadn't gotten busted for smoking pot.
Demoted to Extra: Whenever he is getting a push and put in program to elevate him, he always get dropped down again. It looked to be averted when he and Kofi became Tag Team Champs, they where even allowed to keep the titles after he was suspended the first time, but after getting suspended a second time, this time for 60 days, they lost their titles at a house show to Primo and Epico.
More awesome because he's presently one of the only people in the WWE to be permitted to use that move at all, as it's normally banned due to how dangerous it is. Bourne is just so skilled that he's able to pull it off consistently enough to convince them to let him use it.
Fragile Speedster: Bourne's not likely to outmuscle anyone else on the roster. He makes his living by being faster than the other guy. Also a bit susceptible to injuries, both in and out of Kayfabe.
Game-Breaking Injury: His various injuries that put him out action. He dislocated and tore his deltoid ligament in his right ankle in 2008 after landing on it badly. Required shoulder surgury in 2010, so he was written out due to an attack from CM Punk. And he's now out due to being in an accident and breaking his foot in four places and dislocated it in five other. And this was just days after his second suspension was up.
Too Dumb to Live/What the Hell, Hero?: His second suspension in a very short time. The first time he got suspended a month, for smoking synthetic weed, little before Survivor Series '11 and served 30 days. During that time he ratted out R-Truth for doing the same thing, (they had both been smoking at a party, Bourne got caught, Truth was not), which lead his suspension, right after that PPV. This lead to massive heat backstage for Bourne.
Strawman Has a Point: Of course, R-Truth happened to be getting ready for a PPV where he and The Miz were set to team up and face John Cena and The Rock. The party occurred a week or two before this PPV, and WWE knew before the PPV about R-Truth's violation...but they wrote him off on the following RAW. So Bourne's actions sort of exposed the fact that WWE's superstars aren't disciplined equally under the Wellness Policy, with superstars who are on more prominent spots of the card being shown more favor.
He himself admitted on his Twitter account that he screwed up.
Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In an indy clip from Botchamania 185 in which Bourne vomits after a match with CM Punk. While Bourne is hurling on the apron, Punk cuts a promo to the camera saying he makes everyone sick.