Vince McMahon reportedly said that if the Ultimate Deletion was successful he would have to change how he did business as he was out of touch.
During his time in IMPACT Wrestling, Matt Hardy set about changing the industry forever. While he may have been unaware of just exactly how big the shift was going to be, he broadened the scope of exactly what professional wrestling could be.
With the creation of his “Broken Matt Hardy” character and the “Broken Universe,” Hardy brought to life one of the more unique ways of crafting wrestling stories in recent memory. Furthermore, his cinematic matches paved the way for bouts such as the acclaimed “Boneyard Match” at WrestleMania 36.
Alongside his brother Jeff, the Hardy’s became one of the most in-demand teams on the planet as a result, which eventually led to their WWE return.
While Matt Hardy initially portrayed a version of his traditional WWE character, he eventually became “Woken” which led to the Ultimate Deletion featuring Bray Wyatt.
Reflecting on the divisive segment on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, the now AEW star said that Vince McMahon simply didn’t understand it. In addition, during a production meeting, McMahon said that if the segment was successful it would show that he was “no longer on the pulse.”
“I do remember they were very pleasantly surprised that it did do that good of a number,” Hardy said. “I do remember whenever we were there, watching it at the venue, they were having the live show, and then whenever the match before us ended, they just put some other segment in there for the live crowd, they didn’t play it on the titantron. I do remember earlier that day, they played in the production meeting, ‘The Ultimate Deletion’, for the writers, and coaches, and producers.
“There was a standing ovation at the end of it, and I remember Vince was like, ‘I hope that means it’s good. I just don’t get it, I don’t get it.’ As he said that, I remember somebody told me [Vince said] in the production meeting, ‘I’ll tell you this, if this ends up doing a good number, I feel like I’m not on the pulse anymore. If this ends up doing a really good number, I need to change the way I do business because I’m not on the pulse anymore.’
It was also very frustrating, the line that was fed to Michael Cole right from the jump, kind of downplaying it already so that was very frustrating and disappointing as well.”
Matt Hardy remained with WWE until March 2nd 2020 when he allowed his contract to expire. By the end of the month, the star had already joined AEW where he has now been joined by Jeff.
The Hardys are due to team up to face the Young Bucks at AEW Double or Nothing on May 29th.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.