He says that Matt was a fan of several shows such as Breaking Bad and Dexter, and this inspired the ‘Broken Matt’ character. However, Jeff wasn’t aware just how into the character Matt was going to become. He says that it’s absolutely necessary for a talent to completely dive into any character they’re playing, and Matt has done that with the ‘Broken’ character.
Hardy says that he and Matt both financed all the set design that occurred at the Hardy compound. He spent $3,000 alone on the ‘volcano’ that appeared in one of the matches, and he completely financed, designed and built the ‘pet cemetery’ that appeared as well. He also informs that it was his idea to take the big bump off of the giant Hardy symbol in the original ‘Final Deletion’ match. That was a 12-foot drop onto soil, and it wasn’t a soft landing.
Jericho says that when he returned last year, he quickly realized that the ‘Highlight Reel’ set had become quite lacklustre compared to what it once was. The idea came about for Ambrose to give Jericho a potted plant, which Ambrose named ‘Mitch’. Ambrose said a member of the creative team urged Ambrose to name the plant initially to personalize it, so when Jericho finally breaks the plant over Ambrose’s head it’ll have a bigger emotional impact.
Jericho couldn’t believe how popular ‘Mitch’ had become and when he finally hit Ambrose over the head, knocking him out and destroying the plant, the audience reaction was priceless. He admits to being somewhat frustrated that fans seemed more concerned about the plant being destroyed than Ambrose being in the hospital because of the attack.