Thursday, February 9, 2012

Matt Hardy Comments On His Wrestling Future, Social Media & More

Former WWE and TNA wrestler Matt Hardy co hosted Busted Open with Mike Riker and Reby Sky on Sirius XM Radio. You can hear Busted Open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-4 ET on Sirius 94, XM 208.

Matt Hardy on his future in wrestling: "I think there is a future for me in wrestling in some capacity. I have such a new outlook on life after going through such a crazy period, I've kind of had a reprieve for a while. At some point I had to face everything and change my life, and I have, and I feel good about where I?m at right now. Wrestling is in me, its in my blood and I think I'll always be in wrestling in some shape or form. Basically I chalk it up to this, I kind of let God lead me where I'm going to go. After I have back surgery we'll see where I stand physically and from that point on I'll kind of see where the wave takes me."

Matt Hardy on if he has used social media in the right way: "There are times when I have, and there are times I've used it in the wrong way as well. I feel like I was one of the original guys to take social networking and promoted themselves. Under WWE and I know from being around there a long time, stemming from Vince McMahon and going all the way down, they've always wanted control of everything they have, and it's hard to do that with Twitter or YouTube cause it's something that you have to go hand in hand with and work with the company. But now they realize its huge deals now and there is money to be made and there is promotion that comes from it, so it's great that they have embraced it now. But as far as I go there has been a lot of people who tie me in as "The Internet Guy" or "the social media guy" and that's cool because I do dig that stuff."

Matt Hardy on if he should take a break from social media: "I did for a while but now that I'm here and I'm me, I like getting messages out. There is a lot of people just from Twitter that say, 'because of this, you've been through this and overcame it and you're doing better and you're really inspiring me.'? There is people out there that I know I can help and touch. That's one of my main reasons for ever wanting to get into wrestling because I can inspire and help other people. Just being able to do that is important to me. I dig communicating with people and I try to respond to as many fans as I can when I can. It's just a part of my lifestyle and it's something I enjoy and I'm really into doing things I enjoy and that is healthy for me."

Matt Hardy on The Undertaker's streak: To me I don't think the streak should ever end. I don't think anyone is going to become a bigger star because they beat the Undertaker. I mean they would become a bigger star but I don't think its worth sacrificing the streak. I think the streak is as big of an attraction at Wrestlemania as the world title match is. To me when you think of someone as 20-0, that's almost more important than the world title. It almost overshadows everything else. People buy Wrestlemania to see if the streak is going to end. People also buy Wrestlemania to see the Undertaker continue the streak. So to me I don't think it should end, especially because he is getting towards the end of his career. I have never had more respect for someone in the wrestling business than him. If they were going to try to do it, it would have to be someone that is already over almost on the main event level, almost a new guy that has five, seven, or ten years left in him and I don't see anyone like that right now."

Matt Hardy on the rigors of a full time schedule: "The schedule is very brutal and very tough and you're obviously beating up and destroying your body. As far as what other people do, it's not my business to put anyone else's business out there. But it is a tough gig. The one thing I would say is what I would love to see change in the wrestling business is to just have an off season, because I think guys need time off to heal. I think that would really help slow down the injury process, because once your hurt if you're on a WWE schedule the only time you get off is if you have surgery. Not only do they want you to work, but the mentality is if you can work, you do work. I think that's stuck in the old ages. I think they have to get a point where guys are given time off or are forced to take time off. I know that it's hard because there is not a lot of star power out there right now and they need everyone they can. It's just hard on your body and it's a physically demanding business. When you get into it you know that so it's a tough gig."
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Video: John Cena And Kane Brawl At Abu Dhabi Press Conference

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A press conference today to kick off WWE’s first-ever live event tour in Abu Dhabi turned chaotic when Kane attacked John Cena. But, Cena turned things around and put The Big Red Monster through a table in front of members of the media (WATCH | PHOTOS).

The altercation comes just days after it was announced Cena and Kane would do battle in an Ambulance Match at the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Feb. 19 (PREVIEW).

Also present at the press conference were Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis, WWE Champion CM Punk and R-Truth, who are all expected to be in action tonight as part of the Raw live event – the start of WWE’s three-show tour in the United Arab Emirates.

Last month, The Miz stopped in Abu Dhabi to talk with local media about WWE’s first-ever live events in Abu Dhabi. (PHOTOS)

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TNA Stars To Appear In England‏

Mark Haskins will be part of the ASW event at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich, England on February 10th, 2012.

Douglas Williams will be part of the ASW event at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, England on February 26th, 2012.

Go to http://bigtimewrestlinguk.com for info about ASW and http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
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TV Rating Breakdown For WWE Raw 2/9/12

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As reported before, the February 6th WWE RAW Supershow did a 3.25 cable rating with 4.61 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, the opener with Triple H started strong with a 3.62 quarter rating. Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan lost 508,000 viewers. Bryan's promo and the taped segment with John Cena with NASCAR's Carl Edwards gained 43,000 viewers. Sheamus vs. David Otunga lost 197,000 viewers.

The segment with CM Punk and Chris Jericho gained just 94,000 viewers - another bad showing for the 10pm timeslot. Randy Orton and The Great Khali vs. Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes lost 22,000 viewers while the eight-Divas match lost 139,000 more.

The Six Pack Challenge with Jericho vs. Punk vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston gained 443,000 viewers, finishing at a 3.42 quarter rating. This is another low number for the overrun.
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