Matt Hardy expressed interest in bringing back his Broken persona now that his brother Jeff has joined him in AEW.
AEW star Matt Hardy is no stranger to reinvention, and perhaps his most ambitious character change took place during his time in IMPACT Wrestling alongside his brother Jeff in 2016. Hardy claimed that Jeff (who he began calling Brother Nero in reference to Jeff’s middle name) had “broken” him, and the Broken Universe was born, also revolutionizing the concept of cinematic matches.
While he appeared as Broken Matt Hardy briefly when he first debuted with AEW, he soon changed personas due to the lack of fans as as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on the latest episode of The Extreme Life Of Matt Hardy, he revealed that he’d love to bring Broken Matt Hardy back to AEW and embark on another “Expedition of Gold” the way they did in 2017, possibly even starting another webseries with the characters.
“That’s what I want to do, I want to bring back the Broken Universe at some point, even when I’m not wrestling in the ring full time, and make it a small series and try to put it on a platform somewhere because it was just so much fun. I would love to sit back and hook up with JB, Jeremy Borash, and Jimmy Long and do this and make it into an entertaining series.
“It was, it was so much fun and a great mixture and combination of making movies and doing this Broken Matt entertainment, super meta entertainment stuff along with having some in-ring action and still getting to do something I’m very passionate about which is wrestling in-ring. We had a great balance going on at this point.”
During their previous “Expedition of Gold,” Matt and Jeff Hardy found themselves showing up in Ring of Honor while still contracted to IMPACT as they looked to gain all the gold they could in the world of wrestling. However, Matt revealed that this nearly didn’t come to fruition due to relationship strain between IMPACT and ROH.
“I had been talking with the Young Bucks pretty regularly at this point and we had started planning and plotting out a Ring of Honor/TNA IMPACT crossover angle. It was starting to work and we were starting to mend the broken relationship that they had. And then because of some of the stuff that happened with Billy Corgan and Anthem and they had a little bit of a legal issue with one another over ownership, we had to move back the taping dates of Total Nonstop Deletion.
“We were going to do this, it was going to be a big production, over three days and if it had been in the initial setting, we were going to have the Young Bucks come out and do it. We had already kind of gotten a green light on that and we changed the dates, they ended up being in Japan and we talked about doing a cameo because we definitely wanted to build to this angle as it started to work and seemed like it was going to get greenlit.
Matt Hardy continued, detailing what he was up to in the days leading up to his Ring of Honor appearance and how many people got in contact with him after his surprise return to ROH.
“I ended up doing this promo, I talked to them a few days before Final Battle, they cleared on their end and I cleared on my end. I was doing a tour through Europe with Inside the Ropes, I was wrestling with WhatCulture, the night that [appearance in ROH] aired and I remember coming back from the ring and my phone blew up. I remember the phone just blowing up with all this stuff after I popped up on the Ring of Honor pay-per-view.”
Despite the positive reception, Matt Hardy continued to explain how close the appearance was to not happening.
“We were close to this not happening, Ring of Honor was like ‘what are we going to get out of this? Is there going to be a payoff?’ I remember talking to the Bucks recently about this, they are the hottest thing ever, The Hardyz were so red hot, why would you not want to do this?
“This is going to be great, build something that’s going to be great for Ring of Honor. Even John Gaburik was having second thoughts about it and I had to talk him into letting it happen. We set it up, we were going to do it and then everybody had reservations about it hours before the show and we literally got it green lit an hour before it aired.
“It was close to not airing and that was such a huge moment, obviously it set up what would happen later in Ring of Honor. I was trying to do as much as I could to make TNA seem like it was unpredictable, we could literally show up anywhere. The Broken Hardyz come to your show, then maybe on ROH, then maybe in WWE, who knows? This was something that was a throwback to the old school territory days and one of the reasons we were so hot also at that time.”
Matt Hardy also used his Broken persona for a time in WWE, where he was called Woken Matt Hardy. He’s spoken in the past about how, despite the persona gaining plenty of buzz on the Internet, Vince McMahon had no idea about the character when Matt and Jeff returned to WWE in 2017.
Legendary wrestling manager Jim Cornette was recently critical of AEW’s use of Jeff and Matt Hardy following Jeff’s debut in the company, saying that the brothers are being “wasted.”