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Matt Hardy Reveals Scrapped WWE Angle That Made Him “Very Uncomfortable”

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Matt Hardy has opened up about a scrapped storyline with Mark Henry in WWE that made him “very uncomfortable”.

Joining the company full-time in 1998, Matt Hardy was a mainstay of WWE’s Attitude Era alongside his brother Jeff. The duo is credited with helping revolutionise the tag team division during this time thanks to their long-running feud with the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian.

However, all good things come to an end, and in 2002 Matt and Jeff went their separate ways. Joining the SmackDown roster, Hardy began referring to himself as ‘Matt Hardy Version 1’ and espousing a philosophy of ‘Mattitude’.

Speaking on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Hardy revealed an angle that almost took place with Mark Henry during this period that he found “very uncomfortable”.

“There was one thing I was very nervous about doing,” Hardy detailed. “It didn’t end up happening but I was going to have a deal where I teamed with Mark Henry and there was talk of us working against Booker T and RVD when they were the Tag Champs and winning the Tag Titles. It was right towards the end of my Matt Hardy V1 and the whole story of what was pitched to me from Vince and creative was that I was almost going to go to Mark Henry and him being black had a lot in common with me having Mattitude because we were both oppressed then I would talk like a black person.

In a twist of fate, Henry got suffered an injury, resulting in the storyline getting scrapped, something Hardy believes could have been a sign from “the seven deities”.

“They knew at this time, like even when John Cena was doing raps, we’d be on international trips and myself and John, we’d be freestyling back there and messing around. They knew I was a big rap fan and I was aware of all that stuff but there was a point where I was almost going to start talking with more black slang and almost tell Mark Henry like ‘Mattitude is oppressed too man, we have that in common.’

“I was very uncomfortable with that then and obviously, Mark got hurt, maybe it was a sign from the Seven Deities and it didn’t happen at all. That was something I was a little worried about doing because it was something they wanted me to start and pushing me into.”

Despite Hardy’s reservations about the storyline, however, he is sure that Mark Henry would have gone along with it regardless as he is “a company guy”.

“You can never say Mark Henry wasn’t always good for whatever. He was down for whatever, he was a company guy, down for whatever and definitely down for the ride and he would be all in on things.”

While Matt Hardy is now part of the AEW roster, it has recently been announced that he and his brother Jeff will be teaming up for several indie shows in March 2022.

H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.