In a recent episode of the "Extreme Life of Matt Hardy" podcast, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) star Matt Hardy broached a plethora of topics, including pivotal events from the AEW x New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW): Forbidden Door pay-per-view.
He notably discussed Bryan Danielson's performance post-injury and shared his thoughts on the Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay match.
Hardy Lauds Danielson's Resilient Performance
Hardy spoke extensively about Bryan Danielson's stubborn persistence in a match, despite a severe arm fracture.
He praised Danielson for embodying the resilient spirit common among seasoned wrestlers, who often bear the brunt of numerous injuries throughout their careers. "It's remarkable to witness the high pain tolerance of pro wrestlers," Hardy remarked.
"Danielson displayed an extraordinary determination, wrestling for an additional 10 minutes post-injury, all while delivering a high-caliber performance." At the same time, Hardy expressed concern about wrestlers' long-term well-being, referring to instances when performers compete despite being injured.
"I am not one to preach, as I've been guilty of the same. But professional wrestling, despite its high-risk nature, isn't about intentionally inflicting harm. We always aim to safeguard everyone involved as much as possible. Still, injuries are an unfortunate part of this sport," Hardy said, commenting on the inherent risks of professional wrestling.
Matt Hardy also touched upon the highly-discussed match between Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay, which included a controversial spot where Omega was dropped on his head during the Tiger Driver '91. Hardy admitted that he hadn't watched the match but acknowledged the rave reviews it garnered.
"Knowing both Omega and Ospreay's prowess, I have no doubts the match surpassed its hype," Hardy opined. However, Hardy confessed he held mixed feelings about the controversial move used in the match. "In my younger years, I would have considered executing such a move to escalate emotional investment.
But today, being older, having more life responsibilities, and carrying the marks of my wrestling career, I probably wouldn't have gone for it. I understand their decision, though, and I don't blame them," Hardy concluded, offering a seasoned perspective on the daring maneuvers in modern professional wrestling.