It seems like everyone is always looking for a big man in wrestling. While the business is evolving, the big man – especially a giant – has always been at the top of the food chain, standing out above others to dominate until a worthy contender can slay him.
Right now, there is a big man in wrestling without a home. That is Matt Morgan.
The seven-foot, 300-pound plus “Blueprint” was last seen in TNA Wrestling back on June 13. After being with the company for the better part of six years, Morgan decided a change was needed.
It was time to go. And after several discussions with TNA President Dixie Carter, he was given his release.
“TNA was a company I fell in love with,” Morgan told Between The Ropes in an exclusive interview. “Dixie Carter is someone I love like a family member. But on the business end of it, you want to be in a situation where you feel like you’re still improving and you’re being put in situations that highlight your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Every wrestler wants that.
“But you also want to keep progressing. I was in a spot where if I’m going to be sitting home and just collecting a check, that’s not the kind of guy I am. That’s not the kind of performer I am. I’m a guy who wants to earn his check. More importantly, I want to be a guy who helps put asses in seats and do that, I need to be in the ring wrestling matches.”
Morgan is a man still torn by the decision and you can hear it in his voice. It sounds like it’s straight from a current storyline in that what he did “was best for business”. But when you hear him talk about that, it sounds like a business decision he didn’t necessarily want to be forced to make.
“It was tough to leave because that was my family for a while. TNA really was a good family atmosphere. That’s not even getting into the guy in the locker room who are like brothers to me as well.”
On several occasions, it looked like Morgan was on track for bigger things, a true main-event player. Every time, something happened.
A feud with Hulk Hogan? Well, the Hulkster just can’t get in the ring any more with his health issues?
The feud with Sting? It fizzled out quickly.
There were plenty of other starts and stops along the way when it looked like he was on his way to becoming the TNA World Champion. Even Morgan thought it was going to happen at some point but it wasn’t meant to be.
“From the business side of things, all you can do is bust your ass, whatever they throw at you, and do it to the best of your ability,” Morgan said. “Now, if there was something that I did wrong that prevented that from happening, I’ll take that on the chin. But if it’s something that I can’t control, like that, than no. That’s on decision-makers.”
“That’s on the wave of the business at that moment and what they feel is best for their product and who they think should be the world champion at TNA at that moment. If it’s not me, it’s not me. That doesn’t mean you cry over it. You try to prove them wrong and keep it moving.”
So now he is a giant without a company. There are some that think he would be a better fit in WWE being a big guy. It’s not like that company isn’t familiar with him either since he came up through their developmental system before going to the main roster for several stints before he was released.
Maybe he was brought up to the main roster too quickly. He needed more experience. Now, he’s been in the business for 11 years and has gotten that seasoning working in Japan as well as TNA Wrestling.
So when asked about that possibility, he didn’t shoot it down.
“I’ll put it to you this way,” Morgan replied. I think there is a bazillion and one fresh matchups for me. I think I’d be a hell of an addition to that roster as far as adding some freshness and adding a big man that would be able to go for the next five to eight years easily if needed. And again, a guy that’s never missed a single date in his career. No injuries, doesn’t take steroids, isn’t on drugs and someone that would be a hell of a representative for that company.”
“On my own accord, I do anti-bullying campaigns. I’m part of D.A.R.E. and PAL here in Orlando where I’ve spoken to just 215 schools here in the state of Florida alone, on my own, since I can tell these kids my own stories. I have ADHD for instance. I talk about learning disabilities. I talk about my drug history in the past of being a painkiller abuser and moving past that. I’m a very good story to tell and I think I’d be a hell of a representative as far the company is concerned publicly.”
At the same time, he has history with TNA Wrestling and while he asked to leave, he is keeping the door open for a return.
“Definitely if the timing is right,” Morgan said. “Timing is everything in this sport. I’ve always said that and it’s the truth. But I do not want to go back somewhere where it’s business as usual and let’s do the start – stop stuff again. It’s got to be full guns blazing, let’s do this thing. You’ve got a seven-foot, 330-pound steroid-free monster that is the most durable thing there is right now. Please tell of someone who is my size and hasn’t had an injury in ten years. I’ve never missed time for anything. That being said, let’s go. Let’s just come out of the gates blasting.”
Right now, Morgan is working a few independent shows just so he can stay in ring shape. Priority number one though is taking care of his wife who is more than five months pregnant with their first child in what he says is a very high-risk pregnancy after the couple tried for ten years.
You can tell he misses being in the ring, being away from the brotherhood of wrestlers. He wants to be in the spotlight and given a chance. He undoubtedly has the size. He believes he has the tools. Now, he needs the opportunity.
Morgan says that he won’t have to wait long before he gets that opportunity.
“I’ll put it to you this way without saying too much. I know exactly what I’ll be doing and where I’ll be heading and when I’ll be doing that.”
Will we see him TV before the end of 2013?
“Yes. Yes you will.”