Matt Hardy On Sammy Guevara’s Chair Shot, Mentoring Private Party

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Matt Hardy recently appeared on The Chris Van Vliet Show. The veteran superstar discussed various topics, including his rivalry with Sammy Guevara and the creation of the Broken Matt Hardy character. Here are some highlights:

On the chair shot from Sammy Guevara:

Hardy: “[My face] is still numb, it’s still sore. I had really bad headaches the first few days, which were very annoying, and I’m really lucky that I wasn’t concussed badly. I was able to hit the chair a little bit and slow it down. If I hadn’t slowed it down, I’m sure it would have knocked me completely unconscious, but you know. the chair, I knocked it down, I slowed it down, and it still split me open. 13 stitches, and it like did a bunch of damage to the back of my neck also, where it whiplashed my neck. My neck was banged up for a couple weeks, so a couple weeks off but now I’m back at ‘em and ready to go again, and wow, Sammy’s gonna have plenty of receipts to repay.”

On how the chair shot from Guevara ranks among his other injuries:

Hardy: “I don’t know, maybe this is somewhere like middle of the road, I guess, because like I wasn’t out for that long. So that was the fortunate part, but the unfortunate part, I guess, was just that it was my face and there was more scarring there. I mean, I lost my modeling contract a long time ago, so it’s all good, you know, so I try and keep as much stuff away from my face as I can.”

On mentoring Private Party:

Hardy: “I mean, I think with Private Party, I very much gave them the same guidance that Michael Hayes did to myself and Jeff. And I think that the first lesson those guys really need to work on, and I think is always gonna be a work in progress for these first few years, is that they need to remember they can do all these amazing cool high spots and tag team maneuvers, but they have to let fans know like, no we are gritty athletes who can fight, and we can scrap, and we’re tough, and that’s kinda what you have to show people, you know,. You have to show them you have that vicious streak or that mean steak, and you have to let them know that you can fight.”

On creating Broken Matt Hardy:

Hardy: “I mean, that’s why the whole Broken Matt Hardy character was created in the first place, you know, because thinking back and looking at the landscape of things, all these young guys that are, you know, 25-35 that are in super top shape and super athletic and super healthy in so many ways and don’t have their body covered with scar tissue like mine is. You know, when I was thinking about those characters, I said, ‘What if I could do a throwback to the days of Papa Shango, the days of The Undertaker, trying to create a character that’s somewhat magical, somewhat over the top?’ And that was the whole mindset.”

The full interview is available here:

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