Matt Hardy has revealed that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon “didn’t know anything” about his “Broken” persona prior to re-signing him in 2017.
At WrestleMania 33, Matt returned to WWE alongside his brother Jeff in stunning surprise appearance. The legendary team were last minute additions to the Ladder Match for the RAW Tag Team Titles. It was a match that brothers would go on to win.
However, the Hardy Boyz that returned in 2017 were a very different team to the one which shot to stardom in the early 2000’s. Matt in particular had undergone quite the journey over the previous 12 months, becoming “Broken” during his time in IMPACT Wrestling.
Back in 2016, Hardy began to descend into his “Broken” character which changed not only his persona but the matches he was in. Over the course of the following months Hardy feuded with his brother Jeff, now named “Brother Nero” before the pair joined forces once more. During this time the duo featured in a series of increasingly outlandish matches in the “Broken Universe.”
The matches earned acclaim and scorn from fans in equal measure, while Matt Hardy carried elements of his “Broken” character with him into his return to WWE and then to AEW.
Speaking during a recent ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Twitch, Matt revealed that Vince McMahon had no idea about his latest creation.
“He didn’t know anything about it. We worked out the deal with Triple H, on the down low. Triple H was great. Really, I think we came back because Vince was like, “Why are all these people saying Delete?”
Hardy went on to detail how he had to explain what “Broken Matt” was to the WWE Chairman, who approached it all with an open mind.
“Explaining the Broken Matt story to Vince McMahon in 30 minutes was one of my favorite moments of all time. I had to sound like a madman to him. But he stayed open minded. They said they’ve give us a compound deletion fight, and he kept his word.”
During the Q&A Hardy also opened up about the scariest bump of his career.
H/t to SEScoops for the transcription.