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Matt Hardy (BROKEN)

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Matt Hardy (NORMAL)

"Matt Hardy will never die!"

Matthew Moore Hardy is a professional wrestler currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). He best known for his time in WWE, where he began as part of the Hardy Boyz tag team with his Real Life brother Jeff. He also joined Jeff in TNA for the better part of 2011. He has won multiple championships both on his own and with his brother, including the revived ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

After spending several years as a jobber in the WWF, taking part in matches against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and The Ringmaster, Matt finally rose to prominence after forming a tag team with Jeff, known as the Hardy Boyz. They had a variety of managers in their early years, including Michael Hayes, Terri Runnels, and Gangrel (during which they were known as The New Brood and started their long-standing feud with Edge and Christian. They gained most success when managed by Matt's real life girlfriend Lita, known as Team Xtreme.

Although both were known for a high-flying style of wrestling, Matt was always known as the more calculated and restrained of the two, known more for his "Twist of Fate" finisher than for his dives.

Over the years, Matt and Jeff would split, feud against each other, or feud against other people.


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In general/Other personas

  • Alter Ego Acting: "Matt Hardy Brand" and "THE MATTHEW BRAND"
  • Arch Enemy: Edge, for many reasons, both Kayfabe and Real Life. Not as much in recent years. He wished Edge well after his retirement, stating that they have both started and ended as friends.
  • Attention Whore: The entire thing of what seemed to be his life spiraling down and him planning to commit suicide. After tons of cryptic messages that gave the outright impression he was going to commit suicide. End result of it was him doing a work and just doing it to "test his fans" and advertise his "rebirth".
    • The fake suicide note caused a genuine panic, with many people actually calling the area police department and getting them to check on him. There was a massive backlash when it was revealed to be fake. In addition to angering fans, this stunt also upset his friends and his sister-in-law.
  • Berserk Button: Don't you dare give him purple grapes; MATTHEW only eats green grapes.
  • Breakup Breakout: At first, Matt was the Michaels during his Matt Hardy V1 gimmick, during Jeff's first run in TNA. Then the whole Matt/Lita/Edge love-triangle happened, Jeff re-signed with the WWE and became world champion, and Matt became the Jannety whilst still remaining successful. However, after Jeff left the WWE, Matt squandered in the lower card before they both wound up in TNA, where Jeff became the centerpiece of Immortal whilst Matt became a background player in the same stable.
    • At least until Jeff's drug problems got to the point where TNA decided he couldn't work and sent him home. Now Matt's suddenly become one of the main wrestlers of the group...
      • ...until Matt got put on suspension for chronic lateness and then fired after a DWI.
  • Cain and Abel: With Jeff when feuding against each other.
  • Clark Kenting: Ever since his jump to AEW, Matt occasionally switches between BROKEN/Damascus mode to his usually normal self or his previous alter-egos, as the 27th May episode of Dynamite saw Hardy wearing old his tights from his 2009 Heel run.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • He has two YouTube channels, one for "Matt Hardy", in which he acts weird, but is a typical vlog-style channel, and one for "MATTHEW" ("ALL CAPS!") where he speaks vague pseudo-philosophy, burns money, shows off his weapon collection, drinks beer, and eats grapes. Lots of grapes.
  • Epic Fail: His promo upon returning to the WWE after the business with Edge and Lita. He had sympathy of the crowd, huge momentum and seemed to be in line for a major push, only to kill it dead within ten minutes. Wishing Edge would die in a car crash killed off a lot of the support he had and basically screwed any chance he had of reaching the main event in the WWE.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Well, he is a Hardy...
  • Finishing Move: Twist of Fate/Hate in WWE / TNA, Ice Pick in TNA.
  • Heel: Arguably far more effective as one than Jeff.
  • Incoming Ham: As Version 1 - It started with a web search for Matt Hardy, which then "loaded" the titantron before Matt made his way to the ring, with the screen formated to resemble the then-current look of Windows Media Player, whilst "Matt Facts" appeared on the left of the screen (Usually, these were useless bits of trivia).
  • Large Ham: As Matt Hardy Version 1.
  • Man Scorned: Infamously during 2005.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Matt is the Blue Oni to Jeff's Red.
  • Red Baron: "Cold Blooded"
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: After his DWI arrest in August 2011, Hardy was released from TNA.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grapes.
  • Screw the Money, I have Grapes: In one MATTHEW video, he claims the million dollars or so he has earned in the past decade is worthless, save to buy grapes.
  • Sibling Team: Guess who...
  • Sixth Ranger: To The Elite.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Claimed on Twitter that it was because of him that TNA saw an increase in their ratings following his debut in the company. Apparently, he thinks he's a bigger draw than Kurt Angle, who returned at the same time Matt made his debut.
  • Spiritual Successor: Is shaping to be one for Mick Foley in his AEW run. Matt utilizes three of his alter-egos (Team Xtreme!Matt, Matt Version 1, Broken Matt/Damascus) in the same way how Foley does with his Dude Love, Mankind, and Cactus Jack personas.
  • Worked Shoot / Real Life Writes the Plot: The whole Lita/Edge affair. Long story short, Lita and Edge were having an affair and Matt was fired after talking about it. Eventually he was re-hired, and the whole scandal was made into a storyline, albeit they made it look like a shoot.
    • The "MATTHEW" videos were a work to get himself fired from WWE, as he had wanted a release for a while, but some people took them seriously including Spoony.


"Broken"/"Woken" Matt

  • Catchphrase: With his psuedo-British/intellectual accent, Broken/Woken Matt has been printing catchphrases over the past two years. Even his laugh could be considered one, as can typing important words in ALL CAPS on social media.
    • DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!
    • <Insert Malaproper/Nicknaming the Enemy here>! I knew you'd come!!
    • <loud exaggerated gasping> I've just had a very powerful...premon-EEE-tion!
    • ...you OBSOLETE MULE!!
    • Referring to his gimmick as his BROKEN/WOKEN Brilliance or his BROKEN Cond-EEE-tion!
  • Create Your Own Villain: Doubles with Unwitting Instigator of Doom, defeating Bray Wyatt in the Ultimate Deletion emerges the demon inside within Bray that is... The Fiend.
  • Malaproper: A symptom of his "Broken" condition. For instance, he calls EC3 "The Third Version Of Carter", The Young Bucks as "The Bucks of Youth", and Triple H "The Man with 3 Hs". Others include renaming wrestling promotions such as The New Wrestling in Japan, The Honorable Wrestling/Honorable Ring, and The Subterranean Lucha (for Lucha Underground).
  • Shout-Out: This is not the first, nor the second time someone uses the word "DELETE!" for a Madness Mantra.
  • Teleport Spam: Matt Hardy pulls out an Undertaker-esque teleport spam around the empty arena before confronting Chris Jericho in the ring.
  • Time Stands Still: Parodied. Every time BROKEN Matt explains a wrestling term in Being the Elite, Matt practically "pauses" the multiverse.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: There is no shortage of instigators through Matt Hardy's career who had a hand in sending him on the path to becoming BROKEN, both emotionally and as a character..
    • One of if not the first major "break" in his path can be attributed to Kane, Lita, and Edge. The Matt Hardy that was always in love with either Lita or his own Mattitude, the one whose biggest problems with other wrestlers were your typical onscreen feuding fare and had no negative bearing on his job security, probably would've never left WWE or would've left on good terms, nor would he have had his faux-suicide meltdown in 2011. Of course, that Matt Hardy died in 2005 and gave way to a vengeful and bitter man bent on retribution when he went through a year of futilely defending his love from Kane only to end up in the hospital, helpless to stop Kane from forcing Lita into a loveless marriage, then finding out that she'd turned romantically to his former close friend Edge behind the backs of everyone involved.
    • Reby Sky and EC3 can safely be considered his penultimate major "break". After a path through personal hell and redemption culminated in a marriage to Reby and a son with her named Maxel, he returned to TNA to team with his brother once again, only for said brother to get injured and for both men to go singles, which ultimately led to Matt taking advantage of opportunity to beat Ethan for the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Then he effectively lost the title back to Ethan in a straight-up match at the end of a 32-wrestler tournament, and Reby encouraged him to "stop giving and start taking", setting him on the path to becoming a brand-obsessed heel schemer and declaring himself iconic.
    • The ultimate "break" of course came with Jeff H…erm, Brother Nero. With Nero's disapproval of the way Matt regained the TNA World Title and then the methods he used to defend it, the brothers found themselves at odds once again. This only continued after he lost the championship to Drew Galloway and then they both went after it. Inevitably, this led to the Full Metal Mayhem match in which Jef…Nero dove off the top of the stage with a Swanton onto Matt through a table. The rest is history.
    • Oh yes, and, as it mentions below... Bray Wyatt, You had to decide to get into a feud with Matt, which left him battered, beaten... oh yes, and Broken. Guess what happened over the following month?
      • Hardy would return the favor later, as his Ultimate Deletion match with Wyatt apparently excised the influence of Sister Abigail after Hardy won. Little did he or anyone else know that this would play a large part in Wyatt coming under the thrall of something far more destructive.
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