Prior to WrestleMania, John Oliver tackled the WWE on Last Week Tonight, calling them out for their treatment of superstars over the years and keeping them on as independent contractors. Wrestling personalities, past and present, weighed in on the debate, with some siding with Oliver while others felt his arguments were a little outdated.
Matt Hardy has joined the latter, as he recently revealed on FOX News.
When I first started here, the locker room and everything was like the wild wild west then. The change that has happened in those twenty-plus years has been unreal.
Now, the drug testing is very stringent. You have to be here and you have to be good and on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over… several guys they’ve caught that have had serious issues that could’ve been life threatening.
Hardy went on to say that the WWE has paid for every single surgery he’s ever had and feels it’s unfair to judge how the company is handling its talent now compared to issues that were handled years, even decades ago. You can check out the full video here.