For weeks and weeks, Matt Hardy has been telling anyone who will listen to the “MattHardyBrand” that he wants out of the WWE, and that wish has finally come true for the former superstar who more recently looked a little washed up and like he is in pain with every step.
When Matt started getting fat and his character never evolved it was time for him to move on… Why not TNA. They love the WWE cast-offs.
As has become standard by WWE practices, the Fed announced the release on its website, stating, “WWE has come to terms on the release of Matt Hardy, effective as of October 15, 2010. WWE wishes Matt Hardy the best in his future endeavors.”
As expected, once his release became public Hardy has been tweeting up a storm (I follow him and Jeff) discussing his future in wrestling.
He had this to say, “Thank God! 🙂 I swear.. It was harder for me to get released then it was to get hired! This is ABSOLUTELY what I want, now I can be me! I wanna thank WWE for giving me an opportunity, & I thank all the people & friends that helped me there. But I HAD to move on to be happy.”
I recall Hardy getting his big break as a member of the of the New Brood, guided by Gangrel. When you think about the Brood – Hardy, Edge, Christian, that was a lot of talent in one group.
I think the beginning of the end for Hardy occurred after his big moment in the spotlight with Lita as Team Extreme. His Matt Hardy Version 1 gimmick was great, but when he was being followed by Shannon Moore and Crash Holly it weakened his character.
When Matt’s real-life girlfriend, Lita, started dating Edge, it was written into a story-line in what is perhaps his best-known feud from his WWE career. For months, Edge and Hardy battled on Monday nights, with the blowoff coming in a “Loser Leaves Raw” ladder match. As a result of losing the bout, Hardy was moved to Smackdown.
Back on Smackdown, Hardy feuded with the very-overrated MVP. It was during this fued that Hardy’s body began to breakdown, and he missed some time to recover from an appendectomy. Hardy defeated MVP for the United States title. While holding the belt, Hardy was moved to ECW in 2008, where he would eventually gain the brand’s Heavyweight championship.
Hardy would hold the ECW title into 2009, and then shift into a feud, as a heel, with his brother, Jeff. The feud climaxed at WrestleMania, with Matt defeating his brother. Following the feud, Hardy would find his way back to Smackdown until he had to go under the knife once again in June. Hardy would eventually return to WWE, where he remained for the rest of his WWE career. He would also become a mentor on the first season of NXT, with Justin Gabriel under his guidance.
Hardy looked like he was disinterested and with his best years clearly behind him, he asked for and was given his release. I think of him like I do the team of Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty which Jeff being Michaels and Matt being Jannetty.