At AEW All Out 2020, Matt Hardy took a spear from Sammy Guevara off a scissor lift and went crashing through the table. Hardy ended up smacking the back of his head on concrete and was left visibly knocked out, struggling to get to his feet to continue the match.
The bout ended up continuing with Hardy picking up the victory, but AEW faced heavy criticism for how they handled the incident by allowing the match to continue with Hardy seemingly in no condition to compete.
Speaking on a Twitch Q&A, Hardy was asked if the bump at All Out was the scariest of his career.
"In all actuality, I don't think it was the scariest bump I've taken. It was terrible and bad, but the scariest bump I took was at an Extreme Rising show. That was even worse. At All Out, I was knocked unconscious, but I feel bad because Tony Khan was like 'no concussion,' but what happened was I immediately went to the hospital, I was okay -- as shocking as that sounds, I was okay -- and I went to the hospital and had every scan and every test done with nothing abnormal and no sign of a concussion or trauma. I was very lucky. I relayed it to Tony and he relayed that to everyone. [The bump] wasn't a Tony Khan idea or anyone's idea, it ended up being my idea. Things weren't in the proper position and at the end of the day, that's my fault and I didn't check with people. If you didn't like it, blame it on me, it's my fault. It's a mistake I won't make again. It was a bad thing and I learned as much as I could from it and I move forward," he replied.
Hardy was back on television for the subsequent episode of AEW Dynamite following All Out to provide an update on his condition.
Elaborating of the bump he took at Extreme Rising, Hardy said, "Extreme Rising, I was wrestling against Shane Douglas. Extreme Rising was like a remake of ECW in 2012-2013. A lot of the ECW originals were around and he contacted me. At the end of the match, I went to the top to jump onto Shane Douglas. I was starting a program with Luke Hawx and he came off and pushed me. The original idea was I would be pushed off the top turnbuckle and then draped on the barricade, but the barricade was far away. When I got pushed, I lost control, didn't hit the barricade, crashed, and hit the floor. On that one, I hit my head and was knocked out and convulsing. It was much worse. It felt terrible for days. The All Out fall, I was okay within a couple of days. Both were shitty bumps and shouldn't have happened."
Hardy chalked things up to it being pro wrestling, saying his back could have exploded when he did the leg drop off the cage or he could have been seriously injured during SummerSlam 2000 ladder match where he was dumped to the floor off the ladder and almost hit his head on the barricade.
Hardy also said that despite the crazy bumps he's taken in his career, he still feels good overall. He remains a weekly fixture on AEW television as the leader of House Hardy.
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