It was a trip down memory lane for Matt Hardy on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Northern Durham High School in Durham, N.C.
The Cameron, N.C. native teamed with his brother, Jeff, and James Storm and Hurricane Helms to face CW Anderson, Steve Corino, Lodi and Gunner at OMEGA’s “Chinlock for Chuck” benefit show for indie wrestler Chuck Coates, who has Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
The Hardy team won the match, but Coates was the big winner as the show raised $15,000 with 1,000 people attending on a Tuesday night.
OMEGA (Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts) was a wrestling promotion the Hardy Boys formed in the late 1990s to cut their teeth in the business. Some on the “Chinlock for Chuck” card were part of the original shows from 1997-2000.
Since the beginning, the elder Hardy has been supportive of younger brother, Jeff. That remains a constant, no matter what promotion they join. Matt Hardy does see another run with his TNA championship sibling somewhere down the line.
“I always try to watch Jeff’s stuff on Impact Wrestling,” he said. “I watch about every other episode of Raw that I can. Three hours is a little long, but I try to definitely keep on the product. I go online every few days to try to keep up with the current events and what is happening. The way I love wrestling and my passion for it, I will always watch the product.
“As far as Jeff and I having another match, I’m 100 percent sure that will happen. Where the run or when it will go down or how long it would be? I’m not sure, but I’m positive the Hardy Boys will be back together before it’s all said and done.”
The Hardy Boys are among the most popular tag teams in the history of WWE. With that in mind, would this be the place for a full-on reunion to occur?
“It’s a possibility,” Hardy said. “Who knows? One thing is I’ve tried to become real savvy about is whatever I have going forward for myself. As far as the situation goes, speaking very candidly and honestly, I’m not going to jeopardize myself or my sanity or my well-being or my health to try and get one last run full time. If something were to work out where I have some sort of part-time schedule or stuff here and there, then who knows.
“I’m not saying I’m a star of that magnitude to command that, but if something worked out, then maybe. I see the business evolving where they are taking better care of the guys and when guys get hurt. Society is changing, and I think wrestling is, too. Never say never in the wrestling business and as things possibly evolve. If something can be worked out that can work for me and for them, then I’m willing to do it.”
At the moment Hardy is busy taking bookings for a variety of promotions across the United States. One of those is Ring of Honor, which will feature the veteran grappler on upcoming shows.
“I’ve had this whole Ring of Honor deal worked out and knew I was going to be around for a while,” Hardy said. “It sounded like a really cool deal. I’m really excited about doing it. It’s one of those things that I feel I have things to contribute to the wrestling business and Ring of Honor specifically. I thoroughly enjoyed my match with Adam Cole. He is an extremely talented guy and currently the guy they chose to make a breakout star of 2012.