Matt Morgan Talks His TNA Departure, Leaving And Returning Last Year, Potential WWE Return And More
Anyways, so that was a really cool experience for me.
Wrestling INC: It seemed like you were just getting involved with the angle with Hogan and then you left TNA a couple of months later. What ended up leading to your departure from the company?
Morgan: I just think it was... I was about to start a story line, a pretty major one actually. Unfortunately it just didn't materialize and they went in a different direction with another person's character. I 100% understand why they had to do it with this particular character, but as far as I'm concerned with my storyline, that left me odd man out where I was going to be taking some time off and sitting at home again.
I remember talking to Dixie [Carter] about it and her telling me to hang in there a little bit more and things like that. "I'm sure creative will come around, we can find something." The problem with that was, again, I was going to be sitting. I'm in my prime right now and I just felt it wasn't best for me and my family, most importantly, I have a kid on the way. I'm having my first child coming and I'm a nervous wreck about it as it is, let alone sitting at home doesn't make that any better, financially speaking. I had to do what was best from my family's financial standpoint.
Dixie, I can't say enough about the woman. She's the best boss I've ever had, someone to this day I still keep in complete contact with. It was tough, it really was because like I said earlier in this interview, I didn't expect to fall in love with TNA the way I did when I first started there. I was just looking out first for an opportunity, right? And then after that opportunity, I just kept improving and improving, whether it's promos and in ring, things like that to the point I was before I left. And I'm very proud of my career at TNA. I can't thank them enough for the opportunity that they did give me. So yeah, me and Dixie both thought that at the end of the day, that was what was best for Matt Morgan as well as for TNA at that moment.
I just can't thank TNA enough for allowing me the maturation process of growing into the wrestler I am today. From starting off as having to prove myself as Jim Cornette's swearing bodyguard, to a singles baby face, and to learning to be a tag team wrestler for a while with Hernandez, to moving on to work in main event storylines. To being able to headline six or seven pay per views is a complete honor for me, something that I take very seriously and I'm very proud of. I'm very, very happy for the fact that TNA allowed me those opportunities. I can't say enough good things about the company.
I know a lot of people want to bury the company and talk down about it, which makes no sense to me when they're the only competition there is out there for WWE. I think people out there need to support, not just TNA], but all wrestling. Indy wrestling, Ring of Honor, you name it wrestling, my grandma's backyard wrestling for crying out loud. Fans should support it just because if you're a true wrestling fan, you really shouldn't give two craps too much about the backstage politics and who did this to this guy. And I understand how sexy and what kind of headline news that that makes on wrestling sites. I understand that wholeheartedly. I 'm a fan, but I was a fan growing up seeing those same headlines when I was younger when WCW was going around at the time. At the end of the day, whatever you think about the company [TNA], at least show your support of it, because that wrestling roster that they have there, I've never been on a better wrestling roster in my career, from top to bottom. The talent that the company had while I was there was insane. It's really rare to get a bad matchup. So again, just very, very blessed and very honored that I had the opportunity that Dixie Carter, Eric [Bischoff] and Hulk Hogan afforded me.
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