Josh Modaberi chats with Matt Hardy who, along with his brother Jeff, is half of one of the greatest tag teams to ever step foot inside the squared circle for both WWE and currently TNA
The Hardy Boyz are well known for the extreme high-flying style taking part in ladder matches and TLC (Tables, Ladders & Chairs) matches along with two other tag teams, Edge & Christian and The Dudley Boyz.
"Timing was on our side no doubt," Matt told The American. "We actually had a feud with Edge & Christian first and competed in the first ever tag team ladder match. Then the Dudley Boyz came in from ECW not long after and we all just kind of fitted well together.
"Both of those teams were very special for Jeff and I to work with, those TLC matches were incredible and fifteen years later people still come up to us and talk to us about those matches."
So who were the brothers' influences when growing up?
"Randy Savage was definitely my favorite wrestler, he was the guy that really got me hooked and was the reason why I loved professional wrestling," the 40-year-old from Cameron, North Carolina explained. "Sting was always a favorite for both Jeff and I, and we both really enjoyed watching Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart.
"As far as tag teams go we were of course fans of The Rockers and The Rock 'N' Roll Express, the Midnight Express were another team we really enjoyed watching.
"The Road Warriors were just awesome and they had such a distinctive look, they were like living and breathing superheroes. I like to think The Hardy Boyz are a mix of all of those great tag teams."
Matt and Jeff are seven-time tag team champions, having won the World Tag Team Titles six times and the WCW Tag Team Titles once and are now looking to add the TNA tag team belts to their collection.
"Over the past month or so on TNA IMPACT! Jeff and I have been involved in a great series of matches for the TNA Tag Team titles against Team 3D and The Wolves," Matt continued. "We've had a Tables match, a Ladder match and a TLC match and all of those were incredible matches to be involved in.
"They are of the highest level fifteen years after Bully Ray, Devon, Jeff and I started doing these types of matches. It is really amazing that The Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz have stood the test of time."
The Hardy Boyz are considered to be one of the best ever tag teams and Matt tells us some of the young tag teams that could be the next big things.
"There are a lot of really good tag teams out there at the moment," he added. "The Wolves are awesome, they're the current TNA Tag Team champions and Jeff and I have just had some incredible matches with them along with Team 3D.
"At the moment the IMPACT! Wrestling roster has quite a few really good tag teams and there is something for everyone and they all have there own personas. The BroMans are very entertaining whereas Brits Bram and Magnus are a little bit more of a hardcore team. It is great to see Tag Team wrestling being taken seriously by TNA."
You can watch Matt & Jeff Hardy on TNA IMPACT! every Sunday at 9pm on Challenge TV Sky ch145, Virgin ch139 & Freeview ch46. Visit www.impactwrestling.com