Matt Hardy explains what happened during his last few months in WWE, why he signed with AEW

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Throughout the newest “AEW Unrestricted” podcast, Matt Hardy mentioned his WWE departure and what lead him to signing with AEW in 2020:

“It was a protracted course of,” Hardy mentioned. “Once I was at WWE, and clearly each time I went again to WWE in 2017, it was actually vital for me to go there and depart on an excellent observe as a result of once I left in 2011, I simply wasn’t in an excellent place. I wished to return as a result of I do owe all these guys. I’ve an amazing appreciation for WWE, Vince McMahon, and all these individuals as a result of I wouldn’t be who I’m with out them. I very overtly acknowledge that, and I’m grateful for that. So I went there. I wished to be one of the best I could possibly be. I wished to return and work, and if I’m leaving or ending, depart on the correct phrases, no matter it could be.

So my brother received damage, which could be very bizarre as a result of he hasn’t been damage all through his 27 12 months profession. Lastly, issues caught as much as him. He had a pair surgical procedures throughout that point, and he was gone, and he was away. So I used to be speaking with Vince and Artistic about totally different concepts and what I used to be going to do.  They had been making an attempt to get me to resign as a result of that is proper across the time AEW began up. I had been very near The Bucks for some time. I had labored with them initially again in Influence, after which I labored with them in Ring of Honor. I had labored with them just a few totally different instances. Proper in direction of the top of that Influence run, we had been going to do a cross promotional factor between ROH and Influence doing The Hardy Boyz vs The Bucks. If that may have occurred, that may have been very, very cool, however it didn’t find yourself occurring as a result of Jeff Jarrett got here again, and he wasn’t in one of the best place in his life.  We ended up leaving and returned to WWE. Then once I did come again to WWE at the moment, I simply wished to be one of the best worker I might and actually present them that I’m grateful, I’m appreciative, I’m going to kick my a** and be nearly as good as I can for you, and so is my brother.

So the final eight or 9 months I used to be there, they had been engaged on resigning me, particularly when AEW was there. It was virtually like they didn’t need anybody to go to AEW. That was form of the texture or the mindset there. In order that they supplied some good offers with cash. I mentioned, ‘However, it’s additionally vital to me that I’m going to be handled appropriately as a wrestler’ as a result of there’s form of this factor there with Vince and older wrestlers. He simply seems like they’re achieved. I believe Tony Khan does a masterful job of placing older guys into sure positions the place they will succeed and you may optimize their efforts and their abilities. After speaking to Vince just a little bit, I noticed that he wished me to wrestle just a little bit, however he wasn’t up on using me so much in several roles. I by no means wished to be champion. I don’t wish to be champion. I don’t should be champion. I simply wish to be in an excellent position the place I can work with different individuals, assist youthful guys, and in addition keep related by myself. He mentioned, ‘Yea, however I form of see you transitioning to a producer behind the scenes.’ I do know that after he says that, that’s form of what’s in his thoughts. I’m like, if I can wrestle, I wish to wrestle as a result of I do know I solely have just a few extra years left to do that, plus I’m going to take advantage of cash there. That is my dream and my ardour. I adore it. It’s actually what I wish to do whereas I can do it, particularly as my youngsters are getting just a little older. For them to have the ability to see me wrestle is so cool to me too, so I undoubtedly wished to wrestle. As time went on, I didn’t signal. They mentioned, ‘Okay, effectively we’re going to take you off TV for some time.’ I mentioned, ‘Okay, cool. No large deal.’ Once more they mentioned, ‘Are you able to signal but? When you signal, you’ll be able to come again to TV.’ They ended up bringing me again to TV and had me work with some youthful guys and had these guys win. That’s no large deal.  At this stage of the sport, I’m Matt Hardy. I’m going to be superb both method. Individuals know who I’m. I’ve achieved sufficient. I’m established. You’re actually not going to vary that truth. It’s virtually prefer it felt like they had been making an attempt to do no matter they may do to power me to resign or I’m going to lose matches, or I’m not going to be on TV, or no matter it could be. Then on the very finish, they did like a giant Hail Mary the place I used to be going to work with Randy Orton they usually had some issues that had been promising, and in addition a giant cash contract which was actually, actually big and would have been an amazing deal. I used to be appreciative of it, however I do know Vince had noticed me transitioning right into a producer position and that’s the place I used to be going to finish up. If Vince has one thing set in his thoughts, that’s what finally goes to occur. He’ll get you again there. It’s all the time like that.

So, I spoke with The Bucks and Tony. We talked about some issues like wrestling on a restricted schedule, no matter it could be, and perhaps signify some guys. Tony was simply superb to speak to. He was so respectful. Tony Khan is so respectful of fellows who’ve contributed to this enterprise. Simply the best way he talks to you, the best way he treats you, the best way he books you, every thing. It was nice speaking to him. After speaking to The Bucks and speaking to Tony Khan, my thoughts was made up. I knew I used to be going to go to AEW. It was only a nice expertise, and I’ve nothing however one of the best issues to say about Tony Khan, particularly contemplating the state of coping with him and him compensating you, and him additionally taking good care of you. He’s simply nice throughout the board, so I used to be very glad I ended up coming to AEW.”

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