Matt Hardy made his return to TNA at the Rebellion pay-per-view after he left AEW earlier this year and since then, he has been quite vocal about his time in AEW. In fact, Hardy stated that AEW focuses more on five-star matches than impactful segments.

While speaking on Busted Open Radio, Matt Hardy addressed why he believes he and his brother Jeff Hardy weren’t given the opportunity to have a significant run in AEW. Hardy pointed out their undeniable star power, referencing their overwhelming popularity at events like Wrestlecon in Philadelphia, where they signed countless autographs and encountered emotional fans reminiscent of their heyday in 2000.

However, Hardy feels that AEW prioritizes five-star matches over creating impactful segments and memorable moments, which he believes is a missed opportunity given their ability to captivate audiences.

“Look, we have incredible star power. If you were at Wrestlecon in Philadelphia, it was outrageous how much we signed, how many people that were there to see us. We have fans coming up crying to us like it’s 2000 all the time, but I feel like AEW is more focused on having a five-star match as opposed to having a segment that is hugely impactful and makes a moment.”


Matt Hardy is currently working in TNA with his brother Jeff Hardy and is happy there for the time being, but he did address both of them eventually making their way back to WWE for one final run. Regardless, Matt Hardy’s words will likely lead to a lot of debate among fans.

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