Matt Hardy's self-released promo for his upcoming No Holds Barred match against Randy Orton on the February 17 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw quickly turned from a warning to an on-screen opponent into a message to the entire industry and those that are at the helm of it.
Released on his YouTube channel, the video, entitled “I AM UNKILLABLE,” would see Matt Hardy address his contractual status with WWE, saying that there are unknowns for all parties involved and would even go on to say that WWE is likely questioning themselves for allowing Matt Hardy to go out on their live TV program this close to the expiration of his contract.
“Now, there's a lot of unknowns involved in this entire scenario for all parties involved,” Hardy teased. “I'm sure Randy Orton's thinking, 'how is this guy that I killed off last Monday, medically cleared to return to the ring to face me in a match a week later?' It's because, Randy, you ain't never seen anything like me. This industry has never seen anything like me. I'm an indestructible survivalist. Sure, the doctor said with this head and neck trauma, I shouldn't compete. But, I am defiant. And WWE, they've got to be wondering, 'what is this guy's mental, physical and contractual status as we speak right now?' I mean, someone who's possibly unstable, maybe even broken, can they really trust me to go out on their live television show and compete to perform?”
Matt would then turn his attention to the audience, proclaiming that he, much like everybody watching, is not sure where he will end up in a few weeks, but he did promise that it would be a place where he feels valued and would even throw in quite a few teases making sure that every top promotion understood that they were on Matt Hardy's radar.
Hardy continued, “and then, all you fans, everybody watching on the other side of the screen. There's something unknown for all of you, because in two, three weeks from now, you have no idea where I'm going to be. I don't know where I'm gonna be, but I can take the atmosphere that I'm going to go to. I'm going to go to a place that is my personal Arcadia, a place where I'm respected and valued, a place where I am free to be me. And one of the cool things about wrestling fans in 2020 is this that regardless of I'm given the ball or not, they all know that I am an elite performer and I have the power and to make an impact anywhere I show up.”
Initially, it was believed that the concerto Hardy suffered on be February 10th, 2020 episode of WWE Raw would be his farewell, but Fightful was able to confirm reports that WWE higher-ups were so pleased with how the angle played out on the 10th, that they decided to bring Hardy back for the episode on the 17th, to have one more match with Randy Orton.
It is in the closing of his impassioned promo that Matt Hardy put the entire wrestling world on notice when he says emphatically stated that nobody can kill him off, not a “Legend Killer” like Randy Orton, or any high-ranking promoter of professional wrestling in North America today, taking the time to name several of the more notable names such as Tony Khan and Vince McMahon.
“So, Randy. I need to ask you a favor. On Monday, 'Legend Killer,' do your damnedest, do your best to kill me off. Because I don't think you can. I am defiant and I believe that I am forever. I don't think anyone can kill me off. I don't think Randy Orton, Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard, Paul Heyman, Tony Khan, Joe Koff, Ed Nordholm, I don't think anyone can kill me off. So, Randy, do your best to massacre me, slaughter me, kill me, murder me. Because on Monday, you and everyone else are going to learn... Matt Hardy is unkillable,” he concluded.
Fightful will have live coverage Monday, February 17th, when Monday Night Raw goes on the air at 8 p.m. Eastern and features Matt Hardy taking on Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred match.
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