Matt Hardy Recalls Funny Justin Gabriel Story, His Run As ECW World Champion


At this year's Ringside Fest convention from Ringside Collectibles, Matt Hardy spoke with Sam Roberts for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.

On his run as ECW Title in the reboot version of the promotion in WWE: "This figure is a very friendly reminder of this title being the toughest that I ever had to travel with. After you've been a wrestler for a while, it is fun to win championships, but when it your responsibility to drag it around everywhere, especially with an insane schedule, oh my god. That (ECW) title would hardly fit in an overhead bag, and you always had to keep it with you. It was so big, like the main plate was like the front of a car. I did have fun being the champion. I feel like because the brand wasn't as highlighted as Raw or SmackDown, I felt my run as ECW Champion was underrated."

On experiencing one of the funniest moments of his career while working as a mentor with Justin Gabriel as part of the original NXT: "One of the funniest moments people bring up a lot is when I was an NXT mentor to Justin Gabriel. I always do my V1 entrance where I step up on the middle rope. We were overseas on this particular occasion, and he decide to jump on the bottom rope right when my foot was there. It actually sent me ass over tea kettle. I landed on my feet and I just remember thinking, what was that? People cut out the part where I didn't land on my feet, which makes it funnier."

Check out the complete Matt Hardy interview with Sam Roberts from Ringside Fest 2018 below.