Matt Hardy: “Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for”
As previously reported, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver had a segment criticizing WWE for the treatment of its wrestlers by using them as independent contractors and not giving them proper benefits. WWE later responded to the segment and said that John Oliver “ignored the facts.” Earlier this month, FOX News spoke to WWE Superstar Matt Hardy ahead of WrestleMania 35 to get his thoughts on the segment. Below are some highlights and a video of the segment.
Matt Hardy on how the locker room has changed for the better in WWE: “When I first started here, myself and my brother, it was like ’97, beginning of’98, whenever we signed contracts, and really the locker room and everything was like the wild wild west then. The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. You have to be here, and you have to be good. And you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — there has been several guys they caught that have had serious issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you.”
Matt Hardy on WWE paying for all his surgeries: “Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument because we do a different gig in many, many ways. But like, WWE has never done anything but be great to me. They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways. And I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”
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