Click here for part one of the Matt Hardy interview, where Hardy discussed his life since rehab, how he feels physically, the return of OMEGA, WCW ripping of his name, signing with WWE during the Attitude Era and much more.
OMEGA's "Support the Sport" event takes place this Saturday, May 25th at East Wake High School in Wendell, NC. Hardy will team up with "Hurricane" Shane Helms to battle CW Anderson and Steve Corino. Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly are also scheduled to appear, you can get more details about the event at this link. You can also follow Matt on Twitter @MATTHARDYBRAND, and you can purchase Hardy related merchandise at shopmatthardy.com.
How his ROH deal came about: "It came about, originally I did the Shane Shamrock Cup at Maryland Championship Wrestling. Been good friends with Dan McDevitt, the guy who runs that promotion, we did indies for him before we ever got a break with WWE. While we were there that day, it just happened to be the Shane Shamrock Cup that Adam Cole was going to win. Hunter Johnston, Delirious, was there that day and I really got to interact and speak with him. I can't even remember if I met him previously in the past but I spoke to him briefly, then Cornette, I talked to him later after that. We threw around a couple ideas. I was extremely busy at that time as well. I couldn't really start on a full TV and iPPV schedule with them until December.
"I had a day, there was a cancellation, I went and did the shot in September and then 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. And 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."
How long he'll be with ROH: "I'm going to be at a couple of their live events coming up. I'm going to be in a pretty important deal in the Best In The World pay per view. I'm at the TV after that. And then we're negotiating dates going forward but I think I'm going to be around for a little bit. I think it's kind of worked out for everyone.
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