Before Matt Hardy returned to WWE with his brother Jeff at WrestleMania 33, he nearly brought ROH and TNA/IMPACT together.
The night before his WWE return, Matt competed alongside Jeff at ROH Supercard Of Honor XI against The Young Bucks in a ladder match. The match ended up being the culmination of the feud that was supposed to be more spread out than it turned out to be.
"[The Young Bucks and I] have been friends ever since I had my run in TNA. We had worked together to come up with an angle where we were gonna have TNA and Ring of Honor working hand-in-hand. We were going to do this whole angle with the Hardyz and Young Bucks from the Broken Matt stuff. We started that when I showed up at Final Battle. Then, we showed up when our [TNA] contracts ran out and still came to Ring of Honor and beat them for the tag titles. We were going to do a three-four month program that was going to span across ROH and TNA television. The reason it didn't happen was because of Jeff Jarrett. He came in, Anthem had just bought TNA, Jarrett was in a bad place in his life with his issues. And he was the one who caused the issues that shut it down. Then I talked to Triple H when our deal was up and we ended up returning to WWE because we had a good offer," said Matt Hardy on Talk is Jericho with Chris Jericho.
Hardy is now on the side of The Young Bucks, aligning with them for his AEW debut.
Elsewhere during the interview, Hardy discussed the original idea for his debut and Vanguard 1. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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