Matt Hardy on Being Open To Helping Younger Wrestlers

In an interview with Fightful, Matt Hardy spoke about his willingness to work with younger wrestlers in WWE, although he mentions that it’s not his job. Here are highlights:

On the impact of the TLC match: “It says at some point I got a little more wise. I smartened up. No, I mean its like when first coming in we were young, hungry kids and especially healthy. We got to go out and they trusted and gave us an opportunity to go out on the SummerSlam stage in 2000. And allowed us to be trailblazers and break this new ground and do this incredible match with tables, ladders and chairs and do these ungodly stunts and what not. And it was really for us we had no idea how much we were cementing our legacy at that point. Looking back that TLC became a staple in WWE history, in the industry. Every other company copied that much in some way, shape or form. And theres a pay-per-view event called TLC and it was all stemming from that match and our accomplishments in it. Im very honored to have that, but then as time goes on and your body changes you have to change as well with your thought process and the way you apply your skills to the ring.”

On helping younger talents: “Yeah, a little. Thats not really my job or capacity now, but theres times Im definitely open to giving my insight or my opinion if someone is interested in having it. And I have a good grasp on that. I understand what professional wrestling is at its core. Its a competition and you really need to get this bad guy that you want to have some sort of one up on the good guy, and see the good guy overcome the odds. And thats wrestling at its core. And when you have great athletes you make amazing matches. But then theres also stuff that is attractions and theres stuff thats variety. And there can be a cruiserweight division. The 24/7 thing is super entertaining. I think thats great variety for the show as well. Its all entertainment when its all said and done. And I think if you have variety, thats what it takes to keep viewers invested now for a long amount of time.”

On if he’s spent much time with WWE producer Shane Helms: “He has been around, but he is actually on the RAW side of things now. So I dont see him typically. But, no, hes got a great mind and I really cant compliment him enough. Weve obviously been friends for 25 years. But he is definitely a great contribution to the professional wrestling industry.”

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