After months of hype fans saw the debut of Brodie Lee as The Exalted One back in March, and Matt Hardy happened to make his AEW debut on the same episode of Dynamite.
At one point it was rumored that Matt Hardy could be The Exalted One, but Matt recently told The New York Post that was never the case.
“I was never, and you can quote me on this, I was never, ever gonna be the Exalted One. I said, let me tease that. It makes sense and it can fit and I can play stuff off of it with my social media and making people go down a certain road and think a certain way.
We just decided like if Brodie Lee was just quiet and I can kind of do this, everyone is gonna be expecting me. We knew if he came out, anyone who was disappointed it wasn’t me or (that) I didn’t show up, they were still gonna get me 45 minutes later in the show.
It would have been amazing if it had been done before a live crowd. I would have been so, so cool, but it is what it is.”
Matt Hardy will team up with The Elite on Saturday, May 24 when they face off against The Inner Circle in a Stadium Stampede match at AEW Double or Nothing.