Matt Morgan talks leaving Forture, Tough Enough, Jeff Hardy, more
Dec 1, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
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“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan Discusses Why Capturing The TNA World Heavyweight Championship At Final Resolution Would “Mean Everything” To Him (“Make This Dream Come Into A Reality”, His Plans For Jeff Hardy’s Immortal Championship Belt After Sunday’s Pay-Per-View, The Importance Of Choosing The “Right Referee” For Their Highly Anticipated Title Bout, His Reaction To The Heel Turn Of “The Charismatic Enigma,” Splitting Away From Fortune, The Return Of Tough Enough/The Impact The Program Has Had On His Career To This Point/Whether Today’s Wrestling Fans Will React To It Favorably, & His Goals For Himself/For TNA In 2011
The #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, “The Blueprint Matt Morgan, was one of the featured guests on this week’s live edition (11/29/10) of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem. You can feel the “MNM Fall Tour ’10″ every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Hybrident.tv, www.iTunes.com, www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem, & www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem).
Matt joined The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent for his return to “Your Home of Wrestling Radio,” which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/112910.wax
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast on iTunes): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/nov10/112910.mp3
Interview highlights courtesy of The Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson from New Jersey:
His reaction to the naysayers & critics that feel Jeff Hardy will walk out of Final Resolution still the World Heavyweight Champion & his interesting plans for Hardy’s Immortal championship belt upon capturing the TNA World Title at Sunday’s Pay-Per-View: “I get it. People are saying that there was special title made for Jeff Hardy. He’s got his face all over the plates of the title, so people have these forgone conclusions that Jeff will walk out the champion. It’s like this: I’ve got no problem. In fact, I’m a little more eager to take the title off of him more than ever for the simple fact that what a great way to p*ss in Immortal’s Corn Flakes, so to speak, than to take their stupid little title belt that they made for Jeff, give it to my wife as a little Christmas present, because let’s be honest, it’s a very feminine looking title. Instead of me going to Hot Topic and getting her a belt from there, why not give her the Jeff Hardy title belt? Then getting the original TNA World Heavyweight Title restored the way it should be, and actually God forbid wear that, because that’s something I’d be proud to wear, extremely proud to wear.”
The one thing he does give Jeff Hardy credit for leading into their main event match at Final Resolution & if he would have ever expected Jeff’s heel turn one year ago at this time: “I think Jeff is doing his thing as far as doing what he’s got to do to make these people hate him. He’s trying his ass off, I know that much. I worked on the road long enough for me to know that he’s doing everything he can, and I think he’s doing a good job to be perfectly honest. A year ago, I would think it would be damn near impossible to make people hate Jeff Hardy, but I think they’ve done a good job. I think he’s done a great job of going above and beyond to do everything he can to make people dislike him and disassociate themselves. The thing with Jeff is they (the fans) have always been able to say ‘He’s one of us’ and ‘He’s one of the misunderstood freaks like us,’ and he that common thread with them. Jeff is now flicking them off, telling them to go screw off, and he means it. That’s the part I’ve got to give him kudos to, and he’s doing a good job of it.”
Being in select company to be have been both on the inside & outside with Fortune, recently fighting against Fortune with Douglas Williams against their former partners, & the importance of choosing the “right referee” for his forthcoming TNA World Title Match: “What Fortune is doing, and Eric (Bischoff) and (Hulk) Hogan do the same damn thing, is attach their cart to whatever’s hot, and what’s relevant, and what’s going on in pro wrestling today. That’s what Fortune’s doing with me. I’m not facing Fortune for the World Heavyweight Title, as much as they would love to attach their cart to ‘The Blueprint’ train. It is what it is. I’m going against Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Title, so that’s where my focus is 100% right now at this moment when I’m busting my ass in the gym, and I’m training, and I’m watching film, and I’m doing everything I can to make myself better so I can walk out the World Heavyweight Champion. I’ve got to keep my focus on one thing, and that’s Jeff Hardy. You’d be like ‘Matt, you’ll be stupid not to think Fortune would do a run-in and try to screw you out of the World Title,’ and I get that…I do. That’s the importance of me picking the right referee for this match to keep the ‘merry band of midgets’ out of my way while I become the new World Heavyweight Champion.”
His thoughts on the upcoming return of Tough Enough, if today’s average wrestling fan will react to the program favorably, & the impact that the show has had on his career even to this point in time today: “I definitely think fans today would watch Tough Enough and care about it. Look at pop culture in general. Reality shows, whether it’s a ‘celebreality’ show on Vh-1, or whether it’s just a normal reality show (ala a Survivor, Real World), all those shows are hits and do monster ratings. I think they’ll continue to, because even the reality shows in general now are not straight-up reality shows. There’s a prize at the end, there’s backstabbing along the way, it’s good drama. It really is. I think Tough Enough would be a very good show and peak a lot of our fans’ interest. One of the things fans still come up to me and really like is that they’ve known me. In this entire eight-year journey, they remember me from the 380-pound fat ass on Tough Enough II, who did everything it took to become a professional wrestler and to where I am now. They get to know Matt Morgan from all the way back then, and they’ve watched me evolve over my career. It’s pretty cool for them to say they were along for the ride, because they kind of say they know me, and the same is with The Miz, the same is with John Morrison, and others along the way.”
His goals for himself (personally & professionally) and for TNA (as a company) in 2011 & why capturing the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Final Resolution would mean “everything to him,” turning his dream into a reality: “Realistically, for the company as a whole, I hope we continue to grow the way we are. I know there’s are a lot of naysayers out there that say ‘we should be ahead of where we are,’ and I can understand some of that to a degree, but I feel as a company we can continue to keep growing like we did this year. We did grow a ton internationally this year, as we did the year before. We’ll continue to do so as the years go by. You got to remember, the company is really not that old. It’s brand spanking new somewhat when you think about it. When you look back at WWWF, where was they eight, nine, ten years in the game? What kind of money were they making? What were their stars doing? Were they household names? That kind of thing. People have got to look at it on a proper scale and compare it the right way, not apples to oranges, but apples to apples. Do the right comparisons when you do so. As far as I’m concerned, the company is doing everything it can to continue to grow internationally, as well as more importantly, the U.S. Individually what I hope to achieve is the easiest question in the world: that’s to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. That’s a lifelong dream right there to call yourself the Heavyweight Champion of any company, but to be the Heavyweight Champion in TNA, that means everything to me. Honest to God, it does. I’ve been busing my ass my whole life and my whole career for this one moment, that magical moment come this Sunday, that if I can just come to three seconds of holding another man’s shoulders to the mat, I will have fulfilled my dream. It’s really really cool when you think about it that way, and it’s something that I don’t take lightly. It’s something I have dreams about. It’s something where I’m hoping I can make this dream come into a reality this Sunday.”
More is contained in Matt’s return to The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network, including his candid thoughts & comments on the energy and vibe that he has taken from the fans (and away from Jeff Hardy) from around the world leading into what could be the biggest night in his professional career, what he took out of working with Fortune that he feels he can use as ammunition against them going forward, the most profound lesson he took from the Tough Enough experience that he still applies to his career in TNA today, plus much more! Interact with the #1 contender for the TNA World Title Twitter right now on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/TNAMattMorgan). Tune in to Spike TV this Thursday night for TNA iMPACT (beginning at 9PM ET/8PM CT) to see “The Blueprint” go one-on-one with “The War Machine” Rhino this Thursday night on Spike TV, and be sure to call your local cable or satellite provider for TNA’s Final Resolution Pay-Per-View (headlined by “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Matt Morgan). Follow “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem), and join The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent this Sunday night (beginning at 8PM ET/7PM CT) for live coverage & analysis of Final Resolution!
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