Matt Hardy recalls details of the Invasion angle that he wasn’t particularly impressed with.
In March 2001 the wrestling landscape changed forever when WWE purchased their main competition, WCW. The exciting prospect of dream matches and previously unthinkable encounters was unfortunately short-lived with many of WCW’s biggest stars tied up in big money contracts WWE couldn’t possibly rival and thus the angle never reached its full potential.
Speaking on The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the current AEW star revealed he wasn’t a big fan of how the Invasion storyline played out:
“I thought it [the Invasion storyline] was okay. Considering it was — I hated the way the Invasion was played, where WCW didn’t have its own show, it didn’t have its own platform. And WCW guys were constantly on WWE programming. There was a point where every match was like WWE vs. WCW. And I feel like it never had the feel of the dream feud or dream program that it should have had.”
In July of 2001, ECW joined forces with WCW and formed The Alliance in an attempt to add intrigue to a story that was beginning to already run out of steam. Matt Hardy continued, explaining the addition of ECW to the angle, did make it more interesting:
“And I feel like adding and injecting ECW into the mix and into the Alliance, it made it more interesting for sure. Was it done perfectly? No, it wasn’t because it would have been much better if people that would have been viewing this whole program went, ‘Oh wow, these are all different entities. There’s WWE, and they’re taking on WCW along with ECW.'”
“But it really just seemed like now WCW and ECW were part of WWE. And I think it just watered it down so, so much and took away so much of the dream appeal.”
Matt Hardy last appeared on the August 3rd episode of AEW Dynamite where he was defeated by Christian Cage.