Matt Hardy has recalled Road Dogg being so sure that The Hardy Boyz should make $30,000 for a memorable bout that he said he’d quit the company if they didn’t.
The bout between the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian at No Mercy in October 1999 was the first tag team Ladder Match in WWE history. While subsequent matches involving the two teams may be more famous, this night in Cleveland, Ohio is where it all began.
Battling over the managerial services of Terri, the young stars defied death as well as gravity in re-defining what a Ladder Match could look like. Although the card also featured a clash between Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin and saw The Rock in action, it was the chaotic tag team bout that stole the show. Both teams left the ring to a standing ovation from those in attendance.
Hardy explained on the debut episode of The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, that he initially only received $5000 for his work, although this was later increased after the four men went to discuss their pay-off with Jim Ross:
“Initially my brother Jeff said ‘$50,000?’ [recalling the pay-check for their match]. And then he said ‘20,000?’. Then I ask Edge about it and he said, ‘I don’t know. Was it $5,000? Was it $10,000?’ That $10,000 stuck out in my head initially. Then I asked Christian who said ‘I have a pretty good lock on this, I remember it well.'”
“You would get paydays for pay-per-views like three months later (…) We got $5,000 for the match. And then we thought ‘Oh my god. Come on guys.’ This was like a show-stealer (…) We knew it was definitely special and we addressed JR about this. JR ended up bonusing us each $5,000. So we all made $10,000 on that night.”
Matt Hardy then explained how fellow tag team star Road Dogg was so sure they should quit if they didn’t get 30 grand, that he joked he would as well:
“Christian reminded me earlier today: ‘Do you remember when Road Dogg pulled us aside and he said ‘You guys – if you don’t make 30k each for that match, I’m gonna quit the business. So obviously you should.’ He says ‘Oh my God, you guys killed it, and killed yourself as well.'”