Matt Hardy appeared on a recent episode of Dynamite following the tragic loss of his father, honouring his dad by “working hard”.
Matt and Jeff Hardy’s father, Gilbert Hardy sadly passed away on April 6. Having lost their mother at an early age, the pair have often credited father Gilbert for his incredible support and guidance throughout their personal and professional lives. Just a couple of days following this tragic event, Matt Hardy would face Darby Allin in a Falls Count Anywhere match on an episode of Dynamite. Following the bout, Hardy would post this tribute to his father on Twitter:
My Dad always believed in fulfilling your obligations. He loved watching me on @AEW & Jeff on @WWE. He was so supportive & proud of us. We owed him for allowing us to chase our dreams when we couldn’t on our own.
I learned work hard from my Dad, so I honored him by working hard. https://t.co/8qIWlA19jX
— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) April 15, 2021
Both fans and performers from the world of professional wrestling would show their outpouring of love and support for The Hardy Boyz and their families during this difficult time. Amongst the tributes and condolences were Samoa Joe, Matt Cardona, Natalya and Adam Pearce. WWE also released a statement, extending their condolences to the Hardy family:
Matt Hardy shared the unfortunate news of his and Jeff’s father Gilbert passing away and wrote an emotional tribute to honor their biggest fan.
Matt described the pride his dad felt during their incredible career and explained how he would record all of their matches. Matt noted that Gilbert was a favorite among their fans and was fondly called “The Legend” by many.
Jeff Hardy would also pay tribute to his late father. having previously incorporated ‘1933 Born Legend’ in reference to Gilbert Hardy’s year of birth, the ‘Charismatic Enigma’ would take to Instagram with a touching letter to his dad:
“It’s pretty strange & cool that you passed away on my wife’s birthday… I feel so powerful knowing y’all are together again. I have prayed to God & you momma all along the way. Thank goodness it ended peacefully in the house y’all built. In the house where you created best! I still remember Matt & I wanting stay up late to watch Transformers, Momma soon said “y’all better transfer y’all asses to bed” I still love & miss that!”
Inside The Ropes send our deepest condolences to the Hardy family during this trying time.