Matt Hardy posted a brief video on his YouTube channel where he expressed his frustration over how things have gone so far in All Elite Wrestling and teased maybe it is time for him to be the real Matthew Hardy.
“When I first made the decision to come to All Elite Wrestling, I was excited and I thought the sky is the limit here. No doubt,” said Hardy. “What I expected when I first debuted as “Broken” Matt Hardy at AEW Wrestling is every single night, every single Wednesday at 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. But that isn’t what happened.”
“What I didn’t expect is that “Broken” Matt could debut in the first ever AEW empty arena event,” Hardy reflected. “That’s where I debuted. And “Broken” Matt never performed in front of AEW fans. And that’s one of the coolest things about All Elite Wrestling; their passionate fan base.”
Hardy said he had hoped “Broken” Matt was going to be his best run yet but that is not what happened and that was frustrating so he decided to change course.
“I decided to do like a highlight reel, let’s do the best of Matt Hardy. Let’s give you Matt Hardy’s best moments, let’s give you Matt Hardy’s best personas, let’s wrap it up all in one and do a Matt Hardy highlight reel.”
He explained how the idea behind this was the opposite of what Jeff Hardy has been asked to do in WWE, by incorporating his past substance abuse issues in the storyline with Sheamus.
“Kinda like the opposite of what my brother has been asked to do somewhere else,” said Hardy. “So we do the best of Matt Hardy and I’m helping out younger talent, which is something I legitimately do in real life – on-camera and off. Private Party – I mentor those guys. I start up a story with Sammy Guevara. But that doesn’t go too far because Sammy get suspended. And that’s frustrating.”
Guevara was suspended last month by AEW for comments he made during a 2016 interview where he joked he wanted to “rape” Sasha Banks. Guevara apologized both privately to Banks and publicly for the comments. He returned to the promotion on last night’s AEW Dynamite.
Hardy explained he understands it is a frustrating time in America. He talked about the division over the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and more.
“So maybe it’s time for me on AEW programming to just be real,” Hardy concluded. “And just be someone I have never been on television or on-screen 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.”
You can watch Hardy’s latest video embedded above.