Matt Hardy spoke with Kayfabe Wrestling Radio on Tuesday night about his lack of appearance at Border Wars and more. Check out the highlights:
On why he wasn't at the Border Wars iPPV: "No, I was never supposed to be there; actually I'll let everybody in on a little secret, when I first started speaking with Ring of Honor and Jim Cornette in September of last year, we kind of had an idea for a storyline arc that was going to go from December to WrestleMania weekend but because things went so well within that time, we decided to extend that and by the time we actually looked into the May dates, I was already booked on that weekend. So, I start back with them full time with everything else past this. It's going to work out just fine storyline wise, once we explain why I wasn't there. But basically, in a nutshell, Kevin Steen I really wanted to be his friend but he hurt my feelings by cursing me and also the Ring of Honor fans. I saw to all the Ring of Honor fans and to Kevin Steen: don't be a bully, be a star."
On if there's jealousy between himself and Steen: "You know, I think the biggest issue Kevin Steen has with me is that he's like a representation of the Ring of Honor fan base, in many ways. Even when he was a bad guy, he was still cheered for and I think Kevin Steen just goes ‘Well I'm (Hardy) a WWE guy and I'm just taking up Ring of Honor regular's airtime and their spot on television.' So, you know there's a part of that and people crucify me for any mistakes I have made in the past, so I think all that rolled up into one is why Kevin Steen is so judgmental of me and he just didn't want to pal around with me or be with the group. But I like Kevin personally; you know I think he's a really cool guy, but I think his decision to not allow me to help to retain the title and to insult me and to bully me like he did, is really going to come back to bite him when it's all said and done because you're looking at a Matt Hardy now who's really reborn and reinvigorated and I'm getting ready to go hard again for a full-time, regular run in the wrestling business and my fist stop is winning that Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Championship."
On Matt Taven's World TV Title victory and his losing a shot at the title: "You are, you're totally right in what you're saying there and taking the pulse of the emotion I was feeling. I mean, myself and Adam Cole were looking past Matt Taven as we saw ourselves finally getting that one-on-one match we'd both been looking forward to for so long that next night but, you know, looking back in hindsight, I've actually been in the ring with Matt Taven before he even started with Ring of Honor and he's a very talented guy. It's one of those things I'm happy to see him win the Television Title and be successful, although I should have been the guy to win that title, on my way to the World Title. But, with all that said and done, Matt Taven has really come in and he's really found a niche immediately with the whole hoopla thing and Truth Martini, so good for him, man. It's always nice to see a new, young superstar break through and really get an opportunity and take the ball and run with it."
On joining SCUM: "You know it's funny because there were a couple of guys, I'll be fully honest; someone like Rhett Titus, who the Ring of Honor fan base actually, I think they respect him and they appreciate him because he's a Ring of Honor original and that's where he was kind of born and bred. So I think, even for the Ring of Honor fan base to see him join up with SCUM, they're like ‘Oh My God, Cool! Rhett Titus is going to get another shot; he's going to get an opportunity. We're going to see a lot more of him; a brand new and renewed push and character for Rhett Titus. Yea!' And a couple of the guys were really cheered; they were excited to see Cliff Compton (Domino) show up but when I came out and I took off the shirt, there was no one happy to see me join SCUM, and that's one thing I really enjoy more than anything else about my Ring of Honor gig; is that the people there that legitimately dislike me, really legitimately dislike me and I don't have to any heel stuff to try and push them to dislike me any further."