Matt and Jeff Hardy spoke with Ring Rust Radio for a new interview promoting Bound For Glory. Audio and some highlights are below:
Matt on what to expect at Bound for Glory: “At The Great War, you are going to see the culmination of this whole situation that has been building up and manifesting with the demonic Decay. On that evening, we will have an opportunity to win the tag team titles of the world and that’s an opportunity and odyssey I sent Brother Nero out on. On October 2nd, this match will start in the Zone of Impact. It literally can go anywhere. It can go into the Universal Studies, it could go into Walt Disney, it could go into Tallahassee, it could go to Texas, it can go to Canada or it could go to South America. I might jump onto Skarsgard the Dilapidated Boat and sail all the way to Cuba. Who knows? This fight could go anywhere. When it’s all said and done you’re going to have a combination of a great wrestling match and an extreme wrestling match. Also something very Final Deletion, Delete or Decay way.”
Matt on how the TNA’s creative freedom has benefitted them: “That is a very interesting question. One thing that is very nice about Impact Wrestling is that whenever I come in and my broken universe follows me into the building along with Brother Nero, Rebecca, King Maxell, Senior Benjamin, the Scribe or Vanguard 1, I pretty much get to call my shots. That is something that is very unique to Impact Wrestling. I don’t think that you would see the success that is genuinely created by letting someone who knows what they are and what they’re doing do their own thing, and I think it worked out perfectly.”
Matt on why TNA is a desirable destination for free-agent wrestlers: “I think something that has been very attractive for Impact Wrestling and a reason to come here is you are allowed much more creative freedom—as we spoke earlier in this conversation—then you are anywhere else. On top of that, you can work on Impact Wrestling television schedule and still have the freedom to do other things that you wish to do. Whether you’re into acting, comedy, you just want to spend more time at home with the family, you want to go do autograph signings, conventions, wrestle for other promotions or whatever that may be, you can do that still. That is a very attractive feature. When you would work for the Vince Meekmahan show, obviously they own you lock, stock and barrel. Even in the honorable Ring, they are trying to do all they can to lock guys into exclusive contracts where you just work for them or New Japan Pro Wrestling or Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. The freedom allowed at Impact Wrestling is very special and very attractive to all these personalities. Right now, obviously, Impact is in the midst of a metamorphous and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Billy Corgan has a very positive vision for Impact Wrestling. I have faith in him and if we can get everything shifted to Billy Corgan, I think Impact Wrestling will be a force to be reckoned with going forward.”
Matt on how sale rumors have affected the locker room: “I think to most of the wrestlers that maybe don’t have the broken brilliance or the insight that I do currently, it may be troubling or unsettling to some. I think a lot of people have faith in Billy Corgan. If Billy Corgan would have the company, I think people would be very positive about it. I feel like Dixie Carter and the regime that came before is part of the reason there was a stain on Impact Wrestling. So I feel like moving past that and to a new ownership or someone that has a new majority or have more of a say so would be looked upon from all angles a positive thing in many, many ways. Obviously looking at his background and history as a rock star with the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is someone who certainly has a vision. He is so consumed with wrestling and has such a love for wrestling at his core that his vision along with being a wrestling fan and along with listening to the right people he can make a huge Impact.”
Jeff on the sale rumors: “I don’t give a damn about selling TNA. We’re talking about people like Bobby Lashley and nobody can mess with him. They couldn’t stand a chance of being with him and the only one that would is the charismatic one Jeff Hardy. Bobby Lashley is going to be in trouble and you might have a new world champion on your hands. As far as that goes, I don’t even think about that or waste one minute of my life worrying about who’s going to sell or buy TNA. I don’t care really. I just do what I do the best I can and that’s it.”
Matt on if he’s fulfilled working with TNA instead of WWE: “I am absolutely fulfilled working with Impact Wrestling. I am absolutely fulfilled if I never wrestle another day in my life. Right now, I’m in a position where I can give back and I can fight the Great War and not just literally, but figuratively. There are many things in the wrestling industry that needs to change and that is one of the things I am aiming to do day in and day out currently. The Great War doesn’t just affect Impact Wrestling. It stretches to the Honorable Ring, the New Wrestling in Japan, the subterranean Lucha and the Vince Meekmahan show. We have to make sure this wonderful art form and wonderful magic known as pro wrestling continues to survive and thrive. It has to evolve in many, many ways because currently it isn’t. Once my broken condition manifested, it has been a wonderful thing. Since the Final Deletion and Delete or Decay, every single week there’s been more viewers coming back to Impact Wrestling and watching it for the first time and even the casual fans are tuning in. For the longest time, it was the diehard group of fans that would tune in each and every week. They were always there and usually negative in many ways as you guys know. You guys are on the Twitters and the Facebook and the social media platforms. Now the tide has turned some. That is something I’m looking to do, like incorporate things that can have the casual fans come back in and that is paramount for the business. We have to bring casual fans back to it. The casual fans have gone away ever since WCW was acquired by WWE, and that is something we must avoid at all costs. We won’t have the awe and the magic of professional wrestling to continue to thrive.”
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