Matt Hardy speaks about his issues with substance abuse

Matt took part in Lilian Garcia's podcast, where he reflected on many topics related to his career

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Matt Hardy speaks about his issues with substance abuse

Matt Hardy remains one of the most popular superstars by the WWE Universe together with his brother Jeff. Matt took part in Lilian Garcia's podcast, where he reflected on many topics related to his career. On his retirement: "People throw around the word retirement where typically, I guess, if someone teases that, it’s retirement, but retirement is not a word I ever said.

I never said retirement. I said, ‘I need to go home,’ and I really did. After being there for a year and a half and I worked on a full time schedule the whole time I was there and obviously I’m not a spring chicken anymore, but doing this 26 years in October, so I needed to go home.

I needed to address some issues I was having with my lower back and my hips. If I can bounce back from those issues and get back in the ring and be physical, that’s great and if I can’t, we’ll do whatever we need to do on-air to figure out something entertaining for Matt Hardy." On his substance abuse: "With Jeff, I know earlier on when he first left WWE that’s when he was still having issues.

I was straight and narrow for the longest time. When we first started in WWE, we didn’t drink, didn’t do anything. We were both on the straight and narrow and a lot of the old-timers and the veterans made fun of is because of it.

In ’07-08, that time when I had about ten years there, we had done so many matches and even on top of doing those matches like the ladder matches, table matches, cage matches – even being on the road and that grueling schedule day in and day out and not sleeping correctly and taking bumps every night, night in and night out, it’s not healthy.

It’s not what the human body is meant to do. It kind of came to a point where I was having issues. I was at a point where I really couldn’t take off because I was in a spot or a slot that was good and gonna continue to get better.

That’s where it starts, just so you can kind of get through the match. There’s a muscle relaxer and there’s a pain pill, so you can kind of get through and then you can heal up over the weekend and try it again next week, or whatever it might be."

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