On March 1, an iconic WWE superstar announced that he was becoming a free agent.
As it has been rumoured for months, the contract of Matt Hardy was scheduled to expire on that very date, and he took to his YouTube channel to tell the world that he would be exploring his options.
Hardy made it clear that he appreciates everything that WWE has done for him and his family, but he also needs to think about the time he has left in the ring, whilst also expanding his creative juices.
After a run as Raw Tag Team Champions with his brother Jeff in 2017 upon his return, Matt had morphed into his ‘Woken’ self by the end of the year, and became embroiled in a feud with Bray Wyatt, which culminated in ‘The Ultimate Deletion.
Unlike when Hardy was in IMPACT Wrestling though, the character wasn’t used to its maximum potential, and the fact that Matt was not allowed full creative control unlike his time in IMPACT played a massive part.
Whilst now being in free agency doesn’t mean he won’t be heading back to WWE, it’s pretty much nailed-on at this point that Hardy will be joining All Elite Wrestling.
And the biggest hint yet to his potential signing has been dropped on the YouTube series ‘Being The Elite’, created by AEW tag team The Young Bucks.
At the end of the latest episode, one half of the Bucks – Matt Jackson – receives a phone call from someone he ‘hasn’t heard from in a second’, and his brother Nick points out that the call is from a ‘910’ number.
That number is the dialling code for several cities in North Carolina, the birthplace of Hardy and also where the Hardy Compound is based.
The video ends with Matt telling Nick that they need to make a ‘quick stop’ on the way home, which indicates that they’re on their way to meet the caller – and if it isn’t Hardy, then the Bucks are absolute master trolls.
It’s also been teased that Hardy is going to be the leader of AEW’s ‘Dark Order’ faction as the ‘Exalted One’, but perhaps the hints of that have been far too obvious to make it actually him.
With Hardy now done with WWE though and with no no-compete clause to deal with, we could see him in another promotion very, very soon.
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