Former WWE superstar Matt Hardy spoke this week about the trials and tribulations of performing in the WWE.
Hardy used to be part of one of the best tag-team partnerships in WWE history with brother Jeff, as they formed the world famous Hardy Boyz. But these days, Matt Hardy is much more comfortable being his own boss and being in control of his career.
The WWE has suffered this year at the hands of superstars who feel the business is too intense. The most infamous news of the year so far in the WWE Universe has been CM Punk's acrimonious exit from WWE, and speaking with Brian Fritz of BetweenTheRopes.com, Matt Hardy sympathised with CM Punk's situation as he revealed the rigors of professional wrestling in an honest and frank interview.
Sympathising with CM Punk
CM Punk left WWE in January earlier this year the day after Royal Rumble, and many reports since have suggested that Punk left because he was burnt out. Matt Hardy knows too well how that feels, and he feels the pressures in WWE can sometimes get too intense.
"There's people that contact me all the time with decent offers and I'll go I'm not interested. I really am my own boss and it's nice," Matt Hardy explained this week.
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"I know there are guys I talk to here and there with WWE and sometimes I hear about the stresses or the pressures or I even think about when (CM) Punk left or the deal when (Alberto) Del Rio left. I was like man, it can be such a pressure cooker there, so stressful."
WWE is still the king
But despite Matt Hardy's critical comments on the company, he understands more than most that the WWE is the ultimate platform for wrestling stardom. And if you want to make it, you have to suffer somewhat as well.
"Trust me, I know there's no power like their TV and it's great to perform in front of those audiences and just be a part of that WWE machine but there's just such a stress and there's such a pressure that comes with it and there's so much politics," Hardy continued.
The Hardy Boyz could still return
WWE fans across the globe would love to see The Hardy Boyz return to WWE sooner rather than later, and Matt Hardy added that he would love to be able to team up with his brother in the ring again real soon.
"Yeah, I think as long as we're both doing this stuff — I feel like Terry Funk now, we're the old guys still going and doing crazy stuff. As long as Jeff and I are actively wrestling, I'm sure there will be a point where we team," Hardy added.