Matt Hardy decided not to sign a new WWE contract. His deal expired which gave him the ability to appear in AEW before any 90-day non-compete clause would have allowed.
Hardy did a lot in WWE, but he felt as though he had more to give. Despite his pitches to Vince McMahon, Hardy said that The Chairman was set on making him a producer backstage.
As Matt Hardy spoke to Chris Van Vliet, he said that he’s happy to help people out backstage, but he wants to use the last years he can wrestle to perform in the ring.
Vince and WWE, they already had it in their mind. In Vince’s mind, he was ready to move me on from being a talent into working backstage. Being a producer, helping give back and teach other guys behind the scenes. And I’m very happy to do that but a little later on. These last few years that I have to do this physically, I want to do it to the highest level that I can.
Matt Hardy decided against signing a new WWE deal and now he is a featured performer on AEW programming. His heated blood feud with Sammy Guevara that might have ended in a tables match, but it could also be worth re-visiting.
Hardy has a wealth of knowledge and he has even taken guys like Private Party under his wing. He still has a lot more to give and decided that the opportunities WWE was willing to provide him just didn’t match with his career goals.
Thanks to SE Scoops for the quote