WWE News: Matt Hardy Announces His Retirement As a Full-Time Wrestler
The Matt Hardy saga has taken another turn, but this time, it might be a good one.
Hardy released another YouTube video (seen above), in which he announces his retirement as a full-time professional wrestler. Hardy cites problems with his knees, hips and lower back as the main reason for retiring, and he also provides us with an explanation for his recent controversial “suicide” video.
As opposed to the recent Matt Hardy we’ve seen, I’ve got to say that this Matt Hardy seemed completely genuine and sincere. I was one of the people who thought that Matt had completely lost it just a few days ago, but I don’t anymore.
It’s clear that what Matt needs more than anything is time away from the world of professional wrestling, time away from the spotlight.
As much as we like to call Matt an “attention whore” or a publicity stunt machine, we have to realize that he is a professional wrestler. Publicity and attention is what professional wrestlers thrive on. When they’re not in that spotlight, they often don’t know what to do.
I honestly think that’s what happened with Matt—he missed being the center of attention and would do anything just to get people talking—but now, it seems that he may have finally realized what is best for him: Moving on.
Moving on is easier said than done. Whether you’re moving on from college, a relationship or a career, it’s never going to be a cakewalk. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult.
For Matt, though, he really has no choice.
He’s been around professional wrestling for as long as I can remember, and he’s given his time, his body and, most importantly, his mind to the business that he loves. Yet, there always comes a day when it’s time to leave the past in the past.
That day came for Matt on Aug. 31, 2011.
Matt decided to put his well-being first and remove himself from the toxic environment that had become the pro wrestling scene. I commend him for doing so.
I just hope that this video doesn’t turn out to be yet another publicity stunt by a guy who was one of the main reasons why I fell in love with professional wrestling.
Come on, Matt. Stay true to your word, and stay true to your fans.
We’ve stuck with you through a lot of crap, especially over the past few years. The least you can do is respect us enough to turn your life around.
Trust me—it will be well worth it.
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