Matt Hardy did a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
During the interview, Hardy talked about his free agency as well as his WWE return in 2017 alongside his brother, Jeff, that ultimately led to his Broken persona.
Hardy noted that “I gave WWE everything I had to offer.” He continued by noting that winning the tag team titles with his brother was their redemption story. He admitted that he hated the way he left WWE in 2010 as he was in such a bad place in life because he fell into a dark place and was relying on pain medication to perform.
“I always wanted go back to WWE and do a version of ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy there, and Vince allowed me to do that with ‘Woken’ Matt. I’ll always be appreciative of that.”
“Vince didn’t understand the whole idea behind the ‘Broken’ persona,” said Hardy. “This is a supernatural character, but one that also broke the fourth wall and winked at the fans. I don’t think Vince fully comprehended that. But there were a lot of highlights, and having a cinematic fight against Bray Wyatt was a definitely one. People thought that would never, ever happen, but that happened on Raw. And we got the viewership above three million for the final hour.”
“I feel like I aged out of WWE. Vince didn’t see a prominent role for me. They were great to me, I have no complaints, and I loved what we did at the end with Randy Orton. But I can still go and I want to be in a prominent role wherever I go next.”
In this same interview, Hardy talked about his next step in the pro wrestling business including having talks with AEW among other promotions and when he’ll make a decision regarding his signing. Click here to read his comments.