Matt Hardy did a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated where he spoke about a wide range of topics including his next step in the pro wrestling business.
The big news this week was Hardy announcing that he didn’t sign a new deal with WWE and he’s currently a free agent.
After having The Young Bucks appear in a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, many fans thought it was likely Hardy would be signing with AEW.
However, in this interview, Hardy noted that he wants to surprise fans and that he hasn’t made a decision yet.
“My goal is to legitimately surprise people and draw emotion from them,” said Hardy. “I always want to entertain the audience and keep them guessing. I’ll make a decision within the next 30 days, and it could be by next week. It all depends on how everything comes together.”
In fact, Hardy confirmed having talks with not only AEW but also Impact Wrestling, NWA, and WWE NXT.
“I am speaking with AEW, and I am very close with the Young Bucks,” said Hardy. “We’ve been great friends for a long time. They understand this business and know how to break the fourth wall and have fun with all of this. They really are special.
“I’ve also spoken with Impact and I spoke with the NWA. I had great conversations just this week with Triple H about NXT. I’m not sure where I’m going to go. From a character perspective, I want to go to an Arcadia. That’s where I can take the second coming of ‘Broken Matt’ and build upon it. I need a canvas where I can paint and collaborate.”
Hardy also talked about his return to WWE in 2017, wanting to change the wrongs of his previous stint in the company, and Vince McMahon not getting his broken character. You can read the full interview here.