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Matt Morgan Discusses His First World Title Main Event Match (@ TNA Hard Justice), His “Best Of 3” Series (vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Why He’s Positioning Himself To Get Into The Main Event Mafia, Which Current SmackDown Star He Is Very Impressed With, Why It’s Very Difficult To Have “Big Guys” Succeed In The WWE Today, & A Message To The “Tough Enough” Critics (After All These Years)
TNA superstar & former OVW World Heavyweight Champion, “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan, was one of the special guests on this week’s live edition (08/03/09) of Monday Night Mayhem (presented by ReelWrestling.com), hosted by The Big Mosh, Blade, & MNM’s National TNA Correspondent, “Wild” Bill Brown. You can feel The Mayhem live & in streaming audio every Monday night (at 8PM ET/7PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.iTunes.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.MySpace.com/MondayNightMayhem, & www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem).
Matt’s return MNM appearance (as part of “The Summer Of Mayhem 2009”) is now available for free in Windows Streaming Media, or via The Mayhem’s official Podcast On ITunes:
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio):
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast On ITunes):
Here are some of the highlights of Matt’s exclusive interview, provided by The Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson From New Jersey:
Matt was welcomed back to “Your Home Of Wrestling Radio” by Mosh, Blade, & “Wild” Bill Brown, as he is currently currently engaged in a “Best Of 3 Series” with “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles…with the winner going onto the upcoming Hard Justice PPV to compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (against Kurt Angle & Sting). Going into this Thursday night’s iMPACT, Morgan is already down 1-0. Leading into his second match, Matt remained optimistic, optimistic, & focused: “You know what it is when I said things could be better…That’s what I meant because I am down 0-1. Since I lost to AJ in our ‘Best Of Three’ series, I’ve done nothing but go back, study the game tape, and I’ve done nothing but watch the match with AJ & see what I can improve on.”
Either Matt or AJ will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to compete in the main event of Hard Justice: a Triple-Threat Match for the TNA World Title. As many fans of “The Blueprint” know, he has indeed scraped & clawed his way to get to this point in his career, and he gave his exclusive thoughts to The Mayhem Crew about possibly competing in that match. “When I beat AJ Styles, I think I’ve been groomed to be a headliner for a TNA Pay-Per-View. I’ve been groomed from the ground, even back in my WWE days. I wasn’t there just to be a mid-card guy, they were grooming me, even then in OVW, to be a main-event attraction. TNA same exact thing: When they started building me as a bodyguard for Jim Cornette, and the slow build through the mid-card, up through the upper card, and now here we are in the main event level. This is exactly what the plan was. I just to step up the challenge & show them I’m worthy of being a main-event headliner one day. And if I could get myself into that match, I’ll prove to the entire world that not only do I belong there, I’m going to stay there.”
With the arrivals of Taz, Bobby Lashley, & the possible addition of Mr. Kennedy (Anderson), TNA’s roster has been growing exponentially, with some of the top names in this business coming in over the past several weeks & months. But with additions comes subtractions, and some in TNA may think they could indeed be on their way out with all these additions. Matt’s honest & candid takes on that issue are very profound: “I haven’t noticed anything, but then again I’m also not going around asking guys ‘Hey you guys worried about your job?’ I can just speak from my perspective, I know from what my plans are, and the plans are for me at TNA are to continue to keep doing what they’ve been doing with me…to slowly keep grooming me & to help them make money one day.”
While Matt’s fellow “Tough Enough” alum, John Morrison, is starting to become a breakout main-event star on WWE SmackDown & with Matt now doing his own thing in TNA, there are still some “armchair quarterbacks” that still say that the WWE/MTV “Tough Enough” idea as a whole was terrible & that those “superstars” should not be in the business at all. Matt went on the record with The Mayhem with quite a forthright response to those critics: “Most people don’t even remember I did that second installment of that show. Also, John Morrison tried out for my season of the show, and he didn’t make. He came back for the season & made that one. I just talked to John last week actually, and I couldn’t be happier for the guy. He’s one of the few guys I keep up with try to see his stuff, because I knew he would be really, really good. His athleticism is second-to-none.”
During his time in Japan, Matt developed many different moves which he has incorporated now in TNA, moves he thinks he could have never pulled off during his time in World Wrestling Entertainment. “The top-rope leg lariat, where I flip over the top rope & land on my feet, that’s something I started doing in Japan. I would have never had the courage to try that in the WWE, because you’re always worried about getting screamed at or fired for trying to do something different. I don’t think the WWE is into having their bigger guys do anything different. They make them the same stoic monster. Kane & The Undertaker are the only big guys I can look at that has different characters, and they’re so deep seeded from 10-15 years, that’s why they’re different still.” He went onto add that big guys in the WWE do not have a long shelf-life there. “For the newer guys, there’s no one there that has been there longer than three years anymore. Let’s say if I’m 6’7″ & above. Anybody 6’7″ or 6’8″ or above, you them sticking in the WWE anymore for three years & above. They recycle them in & out, feed them to the top guys they need to feed them to, and then they’re gone. That’s not a comfortable environment for a newer, younger big guy to work in.”
More is contained in this exclusive 30+ minute interview with “The Blueprint,” including his main reasons for positioning himself to join The Main Event Mafia in TNA, his fond memories of working overseas in Japan, what he feels are the chances of a future bout between Brock Lesnar & Bobby Lashley in the UFC (as well as Brock/Fedor), & so much more. Be sure to catch TNA iMPACT this Thursday night (beginning @ 9PM ET/8PM CT on Spike TV) featuring the second match in the “Best Of 3 Series” between “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, in addition to an all-out backstage “prison yard” brawl between the stars of TNA Wrestling. For more information, log onto www.TNAWrestling.com. Don’t forget to call your local or satellite provider to order TNA Hard Justice, live & exclusively on Pay-Per-View, Sunday night August 16th.
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