Matt Striker Talks Lucha Underground, WWE and Memorable Moments

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2016

NEW YORK - JANUARY 14:  World Wrestling Entertainment star Matt Striker attends a screening of 'Planet Hulk' at The Paley Center for Media on January 14, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Matt Striker has become the voice of Lucha Underground since joining the company, and fans of the brand have come to love his play-by-play voice.

Since day one, Striker has been the constant presence at the announce table, and with the help of color commentator Vampiro, the two men have helped bring Lucha Underground to a wide audience of dedicated fans.

In a recent interview promoting the show every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on the El Rey Network, Striker spoke to Ring Rust Radio about the Lucha Underground product and its perception, the comparisons between Lucha and WWE, Striker's most memorable moments at the commentary table and more.

Lucha Underground has grown into one of the most popular wrestling programs today, but Striker was adamant about the separation between the company and other wrestling programs.

Instead of being conceived as a wrestling show, Striker wants Lucha Underground to be known as a television show that just happens to be about wrestling:

For me, the separation of what it was and what it is comes down to it's a television show about a wrestling program. I had an opportunity to reprise a character that was known for being in a different type of genre. Seeing what it was, I had no idea what it was going to become.

The Lucha Underground brand is growing quickly, and Striker will be leaned upon heavily to help carry the company into the future. One advantage Striker has over some of his coworkers is the experience of working for WWE previously.

WWE is the major leagues of wrestling, and the production and professionalism of the company is unquestionable. With Striker bringing that work ethic and knowledge to Lucha, there is no question the product will be better with him using his experience to call the action:

Entirely different from one another. My time with WWE, while I was there, it's at the front of your mind that it's wrestling show. This is similar to movie sets and TV shows I have worked on outside of wrestling. There's a big difference in that, and everything else trickles down from there. The mentality is completely different. Not that one is right or wrong, and I am wrestling with this realization, no pun intended, that this is a TV show about a wrestling promotion. It could be a show about a diner, but it so happens to be about a wrestling promotion and in there lies the crossover.

One of the reasons Lucha Underground has found so much success early into the promotion's existence is the unique wrestling styles and talents. With many wrestlers that have never been on American television and many other who never had the chance to shine, Lucha has been great because of the memorable moments the show has created.

Striker has had a front-row seat for many of the best matches the company has to offer, and he spoke about which stars and moments had the most long-lasting impact on him:

The first thing I learned from others is the less I know about what's coming up the better so the reaction is more genuine. I found I had a lot of genuine reactions in the scenes with Vampiro and Pentagon in the ring as well as the scenes Phoenix did early on in the beginning of the show.

As the voice of Lucha Underground, Striker has become the soundtrack to one of the hottest commodities in the wrestling industry. The show is the most entertaining wrestling product in the industry today, and Striker plays a major role with the brand.

The hope is that the upward trajectory of the company continues and that Lucha Underground is around for a long time. With wrestling fans from all walks of life supporting the product, Lucha Underground has the ability to transcend from a niche product to a worldwide phenomenon.

With the guiding voice of Striker at the commentary team, Lucha Underground has a bright future.

For more wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot topics or catch the latest episode in the player above (some language NSFW).

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