Matt Hardy is a living legend in the WWE and somehow, at the age of 44 with several TLC and other death-defying matches on his CV, he is still going.
After rising to fame in the late 1990s and helping to pioneer the TLC match which has now become an entire annual pay-per-view, Hardy has shown a wonderful ability to recreate himself in new characters.
talkSPORT was lucky enough to catch up with the elder-half of the Hardy Boyz over SummerSlam weekend – thanks to Wrestling Travel – and we covered a lot of ground.
How hard is it to be Matt Hardy?
“For instance, I didn’t even get my full work out in this morning, because I had early media, so I just got up and did some cardio. I didn’t even get to work any body parts. So I broke my schedule because of you, so you don’t understand how hard it is to be Matt Hardy!”
On the inspiration for the character
“The inspiration for that character was actually keeping up with trends, pop culture and social media. I say that the best thing about social media is it gives everyone a voice and the worst thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice. People will complain about so many things that are meaningless and that’s the inspiration for that. You can take this great scenario you’re in and there’s one or two snags and that’s what people will bitch about and that’s where ‘You Don’t Know How Hard It Is To Be Matt Hardy’ came from.
On what’s next for Matt Hardy
“I have other things I would be interested in doing. I love giving creative ideas. I wish I could run my own creative, in fact. I feel like that’s part of the fun of being an artist at my age. Even before, I was probably a little less confident in my abilities to change or do something different and pull it off and make people buy into it but now I love it and I welcome the challenge.”
On what he was expecting before the first ever TLC match
“I don’t think we knew at the time how big of a deal that would eventually become. I knew when we did the first ever tag team ladder match with Edge and Christian at No Mercy ’99 that it was special and then when we did the tag team tables match with the Dudleys at Royal Rumble 2000 we knew that was very special, also. So once we combined them together we thought it was going to be a cool match and we were gonna do some cool stunts and blaze a trail but I don’t think any of us had any inkling that we would be cementing our legacy like that. That match has become a staple of WWE and the entire wrestling industry. There’s a WWE PPV that is named TLC after this match. It was a match that gave six kids the chance to go out and test their creative juices, so it was very cool that it blew up and became as big a deal as it did.”
On the chemistry between the Hardys, Edge & Christian and The Dudleys
“I’ll always say that me and Jeff had more charisma with Edge and Christian than any other team. We also had great charisma with the Dudleys, so what you had were six young, hungry guys who wanted to succeed and see what different avenues we could go down to do that in being super athletic, doing these amazing matches with amazing stunts and bumps. You had Steve Austin and The Rock who were these great characters but we had our own groove and we were all on the same page and were driven to attain superstardom.”
On reuniting with Bray Wyatt as The Fiend
“I would not say no to that. I’m a big fan of Bray and we’re good friends on a personal level. I’m a big fan of his work, I’m a big fan of his creative thought process and he’s excellent at what he does. I hope he gets the proper opportunity with all this because I think it’s gonna be a grand slam.”
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