Matt Hardy Talks Possible Return To WWE Or TNA, ROH Future, OMEGA This Sat., SCUM Vs. Aces & 8's
If he feels that it would be a better time to sign with TNA now, as opposed to when he did: "I do agree with that [that he signed at the wrong time]. I needed time off. I needed to live life. I needed to heal. I need to get away from the wrestling bubble. I needed to not let wrestling define me and not let the wrestling business become me, which I did.
"As far as now, what I'd be interested in if something did come along, with ROH now I'm under contract. It's a very nice working agreement. It's been wonderful. I can't say enough good things about Ring of Honor right now. 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."
His thoughts on WWE adding him to their Alumni section: "It was a little bit of a surprise when it happened. I knew it was kind of in the works to happen. It's one of those things, looking back in hindsight, even though I was very frustrated and needed time off, I probably should have been very vocal about needing time off, more vocal than I would have been.
"Leaving WWE probably was a mistake. In hindsight, if I could have worked something out where I could have had time off or done whatever because WWE still is, it is the greatest entertainment company in the world. As time has went on I think they've made some great changes and are really a lot more focused on the health and the well-being of their employees and that's great because it's something that wrestlers really need to do. That's kind of what they said they wanted to do years ago and they've truly got there now, I think. It doesn't happen overnight, but I think in time it continues to get better.
"It's one of those things. I made a lot of dumb decisions and I made a lot of people upset when I left there, but I can tell over time, time heals everything. A lot of those wounds are starting to close and relationships are getting better. So, I kind of knew it was happening and it was really cool when it did and I was very honored because when it's all said and done, the WWE was, is, my home. That's where I truly made a name for myself and Jeff as well. I will always be appreciative of everything they've done for me."
How would he compare WWE, TNA and ROH: "That's a tricky question. The strength of the WWE, first and foremost, is that it's so entrenched everywhere, across the globe. Their TV is so powerful. Even still today, I haven't been on WWE TV since 2010 and still everywhere I go, everyday, virtually, I'm recognized somewhere and they recognize me from WWE TV, first and foremost. The power of their branding is just unbelievable. They're really great at doing big events. I think they're doing a lot of things, as the company continues to evolve, as far as taking better care of the guys. That's one thing that's really hard with wrestling because when you're storytelling and you have certain characters, like Dolph Ziggler for instance, who I just read about had a serious concussion recently, it's hard when you kind of have something planned out for this guy for months in advance and all of a sudden you have to pull him out of there and take him off the show. A lot of times in the wrestling business it's one of those things where people would say suck it up and go and the guy continues to push through. He might get through okay or it could really jeopardize his health later on in life. But now, I mean even WWE made the conscious decision to pull him out of that match, make sure he had mandatory time off and I do respect that. It's one of those things, if they really want people to be healthy and they want people to be very aware of what their lifestyle is as a wrestler and be extremely healthy across the board, then they have to do their part as well. And I really think that by doing this thing with Dolph Ziggler, I know Christian's been out for a long while because he's been injured. I think they're doing their part in a lot better of a way now than they have in the past.