AEW star Matt Hardy addressed a recent exchange with Jim Cornette and Brian Last during an episode of his podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy. Hardy questioned the manner in which Cornette and Last approached the discussion and highlighted the differences he sees between their podcasts.
Expressing his viewpoint, Hardy emphasized the importance of addressing issues without resorting to insults or hostility. He stated his desire to maintain a positive and inspirational podcast, refraining from negative comments or wishing harm upon other wrestlers.
“Even if you have an issue or a problem with someone, there is a way to address those things without insulting them or biting their head off. That’s what’s very important and that’s, obviously, what kind of started this instance this week with me. I don’t wanna be a podcast that says negative things about people.
“Like, I don’t wanna be a podcast that wishes injury upon other wrestlers that I don’t like, or bad things upon wrestlers that I don’t like. I want to be a positive, productive, inspirational podcast.”
The origins of Hardy’s issues with Cornette can be traced back to three years ago at Double or Nothing 2020, when Hardy teamed up with The Elite to face Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle faction in a Stadium Stampede match. Cornette, known for his traditionalist views on wrestling, expressed strong disapproval of the match and went as far as stating that he could no longer be friends with Hardy or Jericho due to their involvement.
This reaction from Cornette left Hardy feeling disheartened and changed his perception of the legendary manager. Hardy questioned the rationale behind severing friendships over participation in a wrestling match, highlighting the absurdity of such a perspective.
Reflecting on the Stadium Stampede match, Hardy highlighted the effort put into its production and editing. He expressed his disappointment with Cornette’s reaction, emphasizing that he valued Jericho and himself as individuals and wished to see them succeed in professional wrestling. Hardy found it difficult to comprehend why a difference in wrestling preferences would lead to the termination of a friendship.
“We did that Stadium Stampede over the course of the night before, and they edited it all morning and they worked on it. Jim Cornette had the audacity to say ‘because Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho were involved in the Stadium Stampede match I can no longer be their friend.’ Interesting, I can no longer be their friend because they’re in a wrestling match.
“I’m their friend and I like them as human beings and I thought they both had potential and I wanted to see them excel and do well in pro wrestling, but now because they’re doing a pro wrestling match that isn’t my cup of tea I can no longer be friends with them. Is this real life? Who says that? Who thinks like that?”
Hardy’s participation in the Stadium Stampede match marked one of his early appearances in AEW, taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent exchange with Cornette and Last brought these past issues to the forefront and prompted Hardy to share his thoughts on the matter.
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