Former WWE and TNA wrestler Matt Hardy recently spoke with WrestlingINC on his current run with Ring of Honor Wrestling, how that deal came to be, and much more.
Working with Adam Cole during his initial feud:
"…in December I started my storyline arc with them that was kind of going to go from December to Wrestlemania originally with Adam Cole, which has been a blast. It's one of the funnest things I've done in my career and maybe now I just enjoy stuff a little more than I did before. I really love this. Adam Cole, can't say enough about him. He's 22, maybe he's 23 now. He's so far ahead of the curve as far as an athlete and his mentality and his promos, the way he carries himself and it's been a lot of fun to work with him."
On the rest of the roster, and ROH Fans:
"…I see a couple things I can give here, maybe fundamentally. I definitely can't make these guys better athletes or more exciting than they are, because they're great. They're young, they're healthy and they're driven and I know just what their passion is about. It's been a blast working with Ring of Honor, especially being a heel, the particular way I've been a heel, because I don't really have to be a fake, phony heel. I just get to be me and they dislike me because I'm me. That makes my job easy, but it also makes it very fun."
The potential of a WWE or TNA return:
"If something came along with TNA or WWE where it could be some sort of part time gig where I thought I would be healthy and happy – and with saying that, I'm not some sort of star like Stone Cold or Shawn Michaels or Undertaker that can command a schedule like that – I just know I need to be realistic with myself. I've been very blessed. I've made a lot of money in the business. I'm financially secure and set for life. I do this because I love it. If something worked out where it would help both sides, I would definitely be open to it. But I'm not just going to put myself through a strenuous effort because I've done that and I'm past that. At this age now, I know what my limits are and I want to make sure that first and foremost, Matt Hardy the person is happy and healthy."