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Matt Hardy Talks His TNA Contract Expiring, WWE “Missing the Boat” with EC3, Impact Wrestling’s Time on Destination America and More

On a possible WWE return:

“Right now I’m standing atop the TNA mountain and waving the TNA flag proudly. My contract does come up in February. Obviously, I’m going to say ‘never say never,’ but my intention right now is to make TNA as great as it can possibly be. I think the wrestling world needs TNA. I think the wrestlers need TNA. I think the fans need TNA. I think they need it to be successful and grow and thrive. And I think that is what I’m here to do. I’ve been put in a position where I can make a difference. That is certainly my short-term goal is to make a difference and to put TNA on the map. As far as my future goes, I like to keep people guessing! That’s part of the mysteriousness of Matt Hardy, as well!”

On TNA’s move from Destination America:

“I think Destination America had the best intentions when we started together. I’m much more hands on now than I was a year ago with Impact Wrestling and having creative input. But I think the network didn’t get professional wrestling in some ways. I don’t think they understood what it takes to truly make wrestling successful on their channel. They just saw us doing good ratings on Spike TV and that WWE does huge ratings on USA. They thought they were going to put us on their station and be made. There were also the little things where they wanted to have all their programming in America. I know there was some issue with some of the U.K. tapings airing on Destination America. To me that sounds kind of crazy. That’s some of our best tapings and some of our most rowdy fans. It makes for some great TV.”

On EC3:

“One thing I have to admit, regardless of what my character thinks, is that EC3 is a very talented individual,” Hardy said. “He is going to be a cornerstone of Impact Wrestling for a long time. You look at him and wonder how WWE missed the boat, because he is that good. It’s been a lot of fun working with him. It’s been totally new and fresh, having had no interaction before I started working with him. I feel like our characters complement one another. So it’s going to be interesting going forward because I think the story between Matt Hardy and EC3 is a long ways from over.”

In related news, Matt Hardy recently appeared on WZ Radio, and you can listen to Hardy offer an exclusive update on his brother Jeff’s current injury status in the player below: