Matt Hardy Speaks On If He Has Retired From Pro Wrestling, Teaming With Bray Wyatt


Matt Hardy was today’s guest on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia to talk about various topics. Here are the highlights (H/T to WrestleZone).

Teaming With Bray Wyatt:

“I enjoyed my time with Bray and I wish we could have done a little bit more. I felt like we didn’t need to be in the ring having matches every week. I felt like we needed Woken Matt and you needed Bray Wyatt out doing vignettes in remote locations, in extreme locations, on The Hardy Compound. Our whole idea for that was to have Bray Wyatt not have a home. Randy Orton had burnt down his establishment where I wanted to invite him to the Hardy Compound and live here and kind of base it and have vignettes here and have the matches be a little more limited on television, but the way things were they needed us wrestling on TV week in and week out, so we kind of did that. It’s tough because it kind of marginalizes two characters that are so unique and strange like Woken Matt and Bray, as well. I loved teaming with him and I do think we did some really cool stuff. We had great chemistry. We became great friends while we worked together and who knows? Maybe sometime down the road we can do something else together, but I love his creative process. I love the dedication to his persona. I think he’s amazing with that. I think it’s very cool that we did get to work together and team together, considering when I was doing stuff in TNA and he was in WWE, we had little teases on social media back and forth, kinda jabbing at one another. Then eventually that’s a match that came to be in reality.”

If He Has Retired:

“People throw around the word retirement where typically, I guess, if someone teases that, it’s retirement, but retirement is not a word I ever said. I never said retirement. I said, ‘I need to go home,’ and I really did. After being there for a year and a half and I worked on a full time schedule the whole time I was there and obviously I’m not a spring chicken anymore, but doing this 26 years in October, so I needed to go home. I needed to address some issues I was having with my lower back and my hips. If I can bounce back from those issues and get back in the ring and be physical, that’s great and if I can’t, we’ll do whatever we need to do on-air to figure out something entertaining for Matt Hardy.”

Contentment With His Career:

“Personally, when I step out of my life of being a professional wrestler or as an entertainer, I feel like I’m super happy with everything we did and everything I’ve done on my own. My goal was to one day be the tag team champions of the WWE one time and we did that many times over. If I walk away tomorrow and never wrestle another match again, I’m good with everything I’ve done and achieved. When it’s all said and done, in wrestling, it’s not necessarily about all the titles you win. It’s about how good of a performer you are and how relevant you can stay and how much you can change and evolve and how well you can do from a popularity standpoint and a financial standpoint and I’ve done really well on all those levels, I feel.”

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