Matt Hardy has had a long and illustrious career in WWE. Apart from numerous tag team title reigns, he has also won quite a few singles titles. Among them was his reign as ECW champion back in 2008.
Matt recently spoke to Ringside Collectibles’ Ringside Fest, where among other things, he talked about his run as the ECW champion.
“This figure is a very friendly reminder of this title being the toughest that I ever had to travel with,” Matt said. “After you’ve been a wrestler for a while, it is fun to win championships, but when it your responsibility to drag it around everywhere, especially with an insane schedule, oh my god. That (ECW) title would hardly fit in an overhead bag, and you always had to keep it with you. It was so big, like the main plate was like the front of a car. I did have fun being the champion. I feel like because the brand wasn’t as highlighted as Raw or SmackDown, I felt my run as ECW Champion was underrated.”
Matt had also helped in improving other talents. He mentored Justin Gabriel back in the original NXT. He would go have one of funniest moments of his career with him.
“One of the funniest moments people bring up a lot is when I was an NXT mentor to Justin Gabriel. I always do my V1 entrance where I step up on the middle rope. We were overseas on this particular occasion, and he decide to jump on the bottom rope right when my foot was there. It actually sent me ass over tea kettle. I landed on my feet and I just remember thinking, what was that? People cut out the part where I didn’t land on my feet, which makes it funnier.”
Currently, Matt is still retired from in-ring action. But he might make a return again since you never know what can happen in the world of professional wrestling.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.