Matt Riddle and Randy Orton’s tag team proved to be a major success, but WWE had plans to pair Riddle up with Jeff Hardy for a long-term run before that. However, that never came to fruition and now Riddle has revealed the reason behind plans getting nixed.

In case you didn’t know, WWE had paired up Matt Riddle and Jeff Hardy in late 2020, as the two would frequently team up against other prominent competitors. However, the team was short-lived as Riddle and Hardy eventually split up went went their separate ways.

While speaking on Signed by Superstars, Matt Riddle revealed the backstory of the abandoned plans concerning himself and Jeff Hardy. Ultimately, it came down to the fact that the name ‘The Hardy Bros’ was far too similar to ‘The Hardy Boys’ and this made Jeff Hardy uncomfortable.

And originally, you know who I was supposed to tag with before that (Randy Orton)? Jeff Hardy. We were gonna be The Hardy Bros, and Jeff, I love Jeff, we’ve talked multiple times since. Jeff didn’t feel comfortable with being The Hardy Bros because Hardy Boys and I completely understand too. It’s like, that’s your team and we’re changing two letters. I get it.


Matt Riddle and Jeff Hardy had a limited number of matches together, commencing in October 2020 with a victory over John Morrison & The Miz on WWE SmackDown. They then engaged in a brief feud with The Hurt Business, as they ended up losing on the December 21, 2020, episode of WWE RAW. They would then team up with The New Day but lost on the December 28th episode of RAW as well.

Matt Riddle claimed that WWE had plans to split up Team RKBro. Riddle also stated that he believes reunion with Randy Orton is a guarantee. Nonetheless, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy are currently teaming up in AEW and perhaps one day, Matt Riddle might make his way to AEW as well.

What do you think of what Matt Riddle had to say concerning his team up with Jeff Hardy? Do you feel them disbanding was the right call? Let us know in the comments section below.

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