Matt Hardy had quite a career before entering AEW. He was just coming off of another run with WWE, but he did not re-sign with Vince McMahon’s company. Hardy recently appeared on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, where he discussed his departure from WWE and joining AEW.
Hardy explained that when he initially left WWE in 2011, he was not in a good place. As a result, he felt like he owed it to them to leave on a good note. Hence, he returned in 2017.
I wanted to go back because I do owe all those guys. I have a great appreciation for WWE, Vince McMahon, and all those people because I wouldn’t be who I am without them.
Hardy also revealed that in his last eight or nine months with WWE, it felt like “they were working on resigning [him].” Hardy also claimed that it seemed like they didn’t want anyone to go to AEW.
However, Hardy says he was impressed by Tony Khan’s “masterful job of putting older guys into certain positions where they can succeed and you can optimize their efforts and their talents,” especially compared to WWE’s treatment of older wrestlers.
Hardy also gave props to Tony for being respectful and amazing to talk to. The wrestler revealed that once he had spoken to Tony and the Bucks, his mind was made up about joining AEW. Check out the interview below.
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