Vince McMahon has long had a reputation for not liking Superstars winning in their hometown, Matt Hardy has now explained why.
It has become something of a running joke among fans that in WWE, Superstars rarely if ever win in their hometown. Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the veteran recalled this booking philosophy costing him and his brother Jeff a Tag Team Title win back in 2000.
Hardy revealed that he and Jeff were supposed to win the Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam, but the match was changed as the event was taking place in their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The tag team legend explained that McMahon felt it would be too obvious for the brothers to win on home turf.
“Well, that was supposed to be our big win, and then he said, ‘Well, it’s too predictable. Everybody in that venue is going to know you’re going to win, and they’re expecting you to win. So I don’t want to do that. Let’s do it the next show.’
I think sometimes it’s a good thing, especially when you have babyfaces that are over that have been in this long rivalry and the fans want to be rewarded with this proper payoff, I would have loved to have had the win there. I think that’d been the time to do the win and also be the champions. Also to change the history of the TLC matches a little bit.
But Vince is a big advocate of, ‘If you’re over as a babyface, there are times where you don’t need to win, it doesn’t make a difference,’ and that that’s kind of how we were looked at Yeah, we didn’t ever have to win in those environments, because we were so beloved in so many ways. I think there is some merit to that argument. Yeah, there is some merit to it too.
But then like, you know, when, if you want people to look at wrestling as a serious competition, even though it’s entertainment, I think there are times where you have to pull the trigger and you have to give an act even if they’re still gonna be popular, whether they win lose or draw, you gotta give them that respect and show them that win and let the people know like, Oh, these guys really are winners. So I’m glad to support them.'”
It has recently been confirmed that the Hardy Boyz are set to reunite for the first time in almost three years.
Big Time Wrestling announced the reunion, confirming that Matt and Jeff will be teaming together on Sunday, March 12th. The brother’s haven’t wrestled as a team since April 2019 when they were both still with WWE.
At time of writing there is no news on who the legendary team will be facing.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.