In 2020 Matt Hardy’s WWE contract expired and he decided that it was time for him to move on to other things. Vince McMahon apparently wanted Matt Hardy to stay with the company and move into a producer role, but Hardy wasn’t quite ready that at the time.
During a recent episode of The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast the former Raw Tag Team Champion discussed his WWE departure and noted that Vince McMahon respected him for being honest.
“He appreciated my honesty. There’s nothing that I would say on here or say to anyone else that I wouldn’t say to Vince, that’s how much respect I have for him. I said, ‘I know how you see me. You are ready for me to move on to a producer role and I’m not ready to do that quite yet. I’m ready to still finish up in the ring. I know I have a few more years left and I’m going to go until it’s time for me to step out. That’s what I want to do. That’s my passion, that’s what I love, and it’s where I can make the most money. At the end of the day, pro wrestling is a business and it’s all about where you can make the most money.’
“He absolutely respected that. He said, ‘Well, thank you for being honest.’ Because so many people just bullshit him all the time. I’m sure, whenever I left, they knew where I was going to end up. It is what it is.”
Following his WWE departure Matt debuted in AEW shortly after as Broken Matt Hardy. He recently reunited with his brother in All Elite Wrestling and The Hardys are set to take on The Young Bucks at Double or Nothing on Sunday night. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.