Hardy's hell week

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June 10, 2007

Looking back at the last seven days, it's safe to say that this might have been one of the worst weeks of Matt Hardy's in-ring career.

One week ago, Matt and brother Jeff survived a brutal Ladder Match against The World's Greatest Tag Team at One Night Stand…and that was the easy part. Because come the next night on Raw, The Hardys ran into a delusional, maniacal Mr. McMahon, and that's when the trouble began.

"For the longest time, I've thought Mr. McMahon was crazy…but now, I know he's clinically insane," Matt said about the Chairman's Raw antics.

Those antics? Putting The Hardys, who were banged up and possibly not even able to compete, into a match with Cade & Murdoch for the World Tag Team Championship. Matt & Jeff battled valiantly as they always do, but their two-month reign as champions came to an end courtesy of their Southern challengers. As if that wasn't bad enough, to add insult to injury, Cade & Murdoch attacked The Hardys with the gold after the match, proving their "new attitude was a ruse."

But Matt's week only got worse, as he ran afoul of the Chairman once again on SmackDown. Already scheduled to face WWE Tag Team Champions Deuce & Domino in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, Matt further angered Mr. McMahon in trying to explain that Ashley spilling coffee all over him was an accident. In the end, Matt still had the match, and Ashley was suspended indefinitely.

Again, like he always does, Matt battled valiantly, but he still came up on the short end of the stick. Matt's mantra is that he will never die, but after spending a week in the Chairman's crosshairs, he might feel like he's being hunted extra hard.

"I don't know what the heck is going on," Matt remarked. "It really sucked Monday when Jeff & I were forced to defend the World Tag Team Championship when we weren't in any condition to. Then, come SmackDown, I had to wrestle the WWE Tag Team Champions 2-on-1. Deuce & Domino aren't just two regular guys, and it was a fight for my life in there, just trying to survive."

Of course, being the virtuous Superstar that he is, Hardy survived his hell week, even if following the boss' orders was a trying ordeal.

"Yeah, it sucked," Hardy lamented. "But hey, what can you do? He's the boss and that's what he wanted."

As he uttered that quote, an understandably puzzled and frustrated Hardy then turned the onus back on the Chairman.

"He has officially lost it," Matt remarked. "Maybe there's something going on that he needs to be treated for. I don't know, but knowing that he's still running the company, that's scary."

Matt will be at Monday's WWE Draft, which will take place on Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night, and he had one final remark for the Chairman about that.

"I certainly don't appreciate the way I've been treated over the last week," Matt said. "But hey, as I always say, I will not die. I will survive."

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