Alongside his brother Jeff, Matt Hardy returned to WWE on April 2, 2017, at WrestleMania 33. On the night of their return, the real-life brothers captured the RAW Tag Team Championship and set their sights on shocking the WWE Universe yet again- this time with their “Woken Wisdom.”
Following his feud with fellow RAW Superstar Bray Wyatt, Hardy was victorious in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34 due to Wyatt’s involvement. This ultimately led to the two former foes joining as one united force, quickly capturing the RAW Tag Team Championship together at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia.
Hardy was interviewed by the Philly Voice where he discussed at length his return to WWE, his brother, real opinions on Wyatt and his WWE 24 special.
Addressing the social media feud from a few years back, Hardy was asked to comment on the matter and address what he really thinks of Wyatt.
“Long-term booking, my friend. I think Bray is an extremely talented competitor and performer. I’m a big fan of his work. I’m glad I was able to cure him of Sister Abigail and now we’re teaming up. I think there’s still a much bigger potential with the two of us if we get the opportunity to explore that role, which is something we’re working on right now and it’ll happen eventually.”
Hardy reveals that he wasn’t sure whether his brother Jeff would reunite with him upon his return from injury to become Brother Nero or if he would stick to being the ‘Charismatic Enigma.’
“I didn’t know. Those types of things are obviously over my head. I would love to have Jeff involved. Jeff is totally fine being on his own as the ‘Charismatic Enigma’ Jeff Hardy. He’s totally fine being Brother Nero. I think Brother Nero would be good for him for career longevity, but I think Jeff can go to SmackDown and be amazing and be the “Charismatic Enigma” and he can do everything he can do in that persona, and if we need to utilize him as Brother Nero, we can do that whenever.”
Hardy believed that he would certainly adopt the “Broken” or “Woken” character in WWE, even if he didn’t utilize the gimmick when he returned to the company at WrestleMania 33.
“I one hundred percent expected to get back to being “Broken/Woken.” A whole lot of things were going on with Impact. The situation was publicly known, so there were some issues going on there. I was confident and I know within my heart, it was all of my creation. Everything about it would point to me owning it in every capacity. I knew it would happen, it was just a matter of when.
“The essence never left me. When I came back and I was just “The Hardys” with my brother, there was always that essence within me because that’s really part of me now. It was a question of “when” and not “if.”
At length, Hardy explains what he thought of the WWE 24 and what involvement in the project he had.
“I did see it before, and I was very hands-on working with the WWE Network people. I think they did an amazing job. There was actually talk of making it 90 minutes because you were telling two stories as opposed to just one with both myself and Jeff. The decision was made to keep it in the same format of around an hour time, so they really packed a lot through that hour. I made this pact with my brother back in 2013, I said if we’re going to tell this story, we need to wait for the WWE platform. Fortunately, things worked out. I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real, I wanted it to be a little dark, because there were times that were dark. I think it was a good story to show people that even if you do end up at a bad place in your life at some point, it’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to come back. You just have to put your mind to it and be disciplined.
“I just spoke to the people at the Network today, and of all the superstar 24’s they’ve had, ours was the most-watched within 10 days. I appreciate all of the fans who are taking the time out to spend an hour and are see our story and watch our journey.
“I’m very proud of what they did. The Network was very proud of myself and Jeff for partaking in it and displaying such honesty. I’m really proud of the project.”
The “Woken Warrior” confirms whether or not he has any aspirations for the Universal or WWE Championship at this time.
“Right now, because I am half of the RAW Tag Team Champions with Bray, my initial goal for the immediate future is to make the tag team division as good as possible and have a good, entertaining title reign. I think I’m almost at the stage of my career where I’m more focused on wanting to do entertaining, great television programming as opposed to necessarily being a champion or winning titles.
“There are guys here that are so amazing. Seth Rollins is one guy that stands out. He is just an amazing performer. I love watching him, he’s truly poetry in motion. There are a lot of guys like that, and yes, I can’t lie, I would love to be able to work with those guys and have some great 20, 30-minute matches. And I think that’s something that will happen at some point in the future. As far as making it a goal to be the champion, I don’t know if that’s necessarily something that I’m focused on now. If a scenario like that came around, I think that’d be amazing. I’m trying to have fun and my goal is to be as entertaining to the audience as possible.”
Finally, Hardy was asked to comment on the phenomenon that is NXT. He confirms whether he has taken anyone under his wing or gave any call-ups advice.
“I certainly try to. I feel like that’s almost part of my duty. The wrestling business and industry has given me so much, I feel like it’s my job to help out people if I can. The Revival is a tag team that really thrived down there, and you know, once you come up here to television, the formats change. The kind of common goal they’re looking to get out of performers on a television product changes from NXT. I’m very high on The Revival. I think those guys are extremely, extremely good. I would love to have a long program with myself and Bray facing them. There have definitely been times where I’ve reached out to them and gave them maybe a tip or two that would help them, and just tell them you’ll have to bide your time and wait it out here because you don’t get things immediately. But I am a fan of those guys.
“I think the B-Team is super entertaining. It’s going to be interesting to see how the crowd reacts when we get to Pittsburgh for Extreme Rules. It’s going to be interesting to see how the crowd reacts Friday in Philadelphia because it’s us vs. the B-Team vs. Titus Worldwide. There’s going to be mixed reactions. To me, that’s part of the fun of this, because now things are just so unpredictable that is doesn’t get boring. And I appreciate the fact when something doesn’t get boring.”
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