Matt Hardy is ready to undergo another persona, but this might be his easiest to pull off yet.
Over the years, Hardy has played many various characters in different companies and he came to AEW as Broken Matt Hardy before introducing Damascus and transforming into any version of his previous self whenever he needed to. But now, Hardy is ready to just be himself.
"When I first made the decision to come to All Elite Wrestling, I was excited. I thought 'the sky is the limit, no doubt.' What I expected when I first debuted as Broken Matt Hardy was every single Wednesday on Dynamite; a sold out arena across America. I thought there would be thousands of people screaming at the top of their lungs 'DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!' That isn't what happened. What I didn't expect was that Broken Matt would debut in the first-ever AEW empty arena event. Broken Matt never performed in front of AEW fans and the passionate fanbase is one of the coolest things about AEW. If I came in and did Broken Matt, he's such an interactive fan-friendly performer and character, I thought, 'This will be a hit, this will be great, this is gonna be my greatest run yet.' That's not what happened and it was frustrating," said Hardy in a YouTube video.
He continued, "So, I decided to change course, as any good professional does. I decided to do a highlight reel -- The best of Matt Hardy. Matt Hardy's best moments and personas wrapped all up in one and do a highlight reel, kind of like the opposite of what my brother has been asked to do somewhere else. We do The Best of Matt Hardy and I'm helping out young talent, which is something I legitimately do on-camera and off, Private Party, I mentor those guys. I started up a story with Sammy Guevara, but that doesn't go too far because Sammy gets suspended. That's frustrating."
Hardy went on to say that he knows America as a whole is frustrated due to the political climate, the pandemic, racial and social injustice, and more that is currently dividing America.
He ended the video by saying, "I decided, maybe it's time to do my part and try and heal some of this division, do what I can to put it back together, try and be a voice of reason. I've had a lot of experiences. Maybe now, it's time for me, on AEW programming, to just be real. Be someone that I have never been on television before and that's me. Maybe it's time for me to be Matthew Hardy. Maybe it's time for me to just be me."
Hardy has been absent from AEW television in recent weeks, last appearing at AEW Fyter Fest in the corner of Private Party.
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