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Matthew Joseph Korklan (born March 19, 1983), known by his ring name of Evan Bourne, is a professional wrestler currently wrestling on WWE's Raw brand, but also known for stints in several other promotions, including 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. Best known for his ability to excite the crowd with his array of high-flying maneuvers.


Tropes associated with Evan Bourne include:

  • 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.
  • Arch Enemy: Mike Knox and Zack Ryder during his ECW run, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler, and Primo and Epico.
  • Battle Couple: Briefly with Gail Kim.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Black Best Friend: Has this with Kofi Kingston whom he is Tag Team Champions with, and with Mark Henry.
  • The Bus Came Back: Immediately returned to TV when his first suspension was up. He has yet to come back after his second suspension was up. Unfortunately this has to do with him being in an accident a few days later and broke his foot in four places and dislocated it in five, which could be career threatening even if it's healed properly.
  • Cast From Hit Points: Like most high flyers, the ends of his maneuvers tend to take something out of him, too.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Possibly a younger, non-Masked Luchador version of Rey Mysterio, Jr..
    • Cleaner(wrestling and lifestyle wise) Jeff Hardy
    • Now that's he's been popped twice for breaking the Wellness Policy via drug use, which more than likely will force his way out of the company (a third offense is termination anyway), maybe not so cleaner...
  • Face: Small, natural underdog wrestler, clean-cut, almost boyish looks, and exclusively attacks with high-flying moves - all seemingly traits of a perpetual babyface. But you never know...
  • Fat and Skinny: His tag team with Mark Henry
  • Finishing Move: The 'Air Bourne', a huge Shooting Star Press.
    • 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.
  • Glass Cannon: Is unfortunately injury prone.
  • Hope Spot/Not So Fast Bucko: Was the victim of this some time back with Randy Orton. After gotten RKO'ed by Randy after their win over Edge and Chris Jericho the week before, Bourne decided on some revenge. Thinks went... Well see for yourself.
  • I Have the High Ground: The staple of Bourne's game - arguably more so than anyone on the WWE Roster.
  • Keet: Oh, good lord, yes.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Named by Democracy: How Kofi's and Bourne's tag team name Air Boom came about, was due to a poll on Twitter, where their followers could come up with name ideas, where the most popular one got chosen.
  • Older Than He Looks: Not an extreme example, but he's got a rather youthful-looking face, even for a 28-year-old.
  • Put on a Bus: For both of his suspensions.
  • Ricky Morton: Him and Kofi shared this role during their matches as Tag Team Champions, sometimes both of them playing it during the same match.
  • Ship Tease: With Gail Kim in 2010. Fans had been shipping them for a while due to their similar movesets. Helps that they are also good friends in real life.
  • The Stoner: Unfortunately starting to wear this collar in Real Life. (See below.)
  • 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.
    • Straw Man 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 Discretion Shot: Averted 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.
  • Wrestling Psychology: Is quite the seller, although at times oversells.
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