Vince McMahon had his own way of doing thing. There were also instances throughout WWE history of Vince McMahon changing up plans on a dime due to a wave of fan support. This is one of those stories.
Matt Hardy fought to attain the rights to his Broken character, meaning he had to make his WWE return without that gimmick. Then, after he received full rights once again, Vince McMahon brought a Woken character out of the woodwork.
In a recent episode of the Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, Matt Hardy recalled introducing a version of his ‘Broken Matt’ character. Triple H was supportive, but Vince McMahon initially wasn’t convinced. Eventually, McMahon yielded to the persistent fan chants of ‘Delete,’ and ‘Woken’ Matt made its way into the scene.
“I remember talking to Triple H, and he said ‘You know what? Maybe we could do a Hardy Boyz run, kind of a throwback to the original WWE Hardy Boyz, and then maybe we get into the Broken Matt Hardy a little bit?’ And then Vince is like ‘They’re back in WWE now, they’re The Hardy Boyz.’ We sat down and we talked for 30 minutes about what the character was, he says ‘They keep doing delete-delete-delete-delete, they won’t stop that sh*t! I guess we got to give it to ’em.’“
Vince McMahon had his mind made up about certain things, but WWE fans always had a way of getting to him. After all, if McMahon smelled money, he knew how to get it.
Matt Hardy’s Woken character didn’t get to do as much as some would have liked, but he did get some attention. After a main event match on RAW at the Hardy Compound, Hardy must be proud of what he was able to do in WWE.
The story about his Broken character in AEW is different story, since the pandemic and lack of crowds snuffed that out. We will have to see if the Broken gimmick ever returns before he hangs up his boots for good.
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