Matt Hardy recently shed light on a fascinating behind-the-scenes development in the WWE universe, revealing an intriguing but ultimately abandoned plan for a faction involving himself, his brother Jeff Hardy, and Bray Wyatt.
This revelation came during the latest episode of "Extreme Life with Matt Hardy," where Hardy opened up about the WWE's strategies and his personal decisions during a pivotal time in his career. The proposed faction, according to Hardy, was part of a strategic move by WWE, spearheaded by Vince McMahon.
This idea emerged shortly after Hardy suffered a brutal attack at the hands of Randy Orton during Orton's intense rivalry with Edge. The WWE's concept was to bring together the unique characters of Bray Wyatt, Jeff Hardy, and Matt Hardy in a powerful and potentially game-changing stable.
Elaborating on the WWE's pitch, Matt Hardy explained, "They said, 'If you do come back, we've got Windham (Bray Wyatt) doing this Firefly Fun House where he's a comical character, and then he turns into The Fiend. What if we did something where we put you with him, with your Broken gimmick, and with Jeff, we can have him do Willow the Wisp, and you guys can be a little faction.'
Hardy's AEW Decision
Hardy found the idea appealing but was wary of the WWE's intentions, suspecting it was a tactic to entice him into signing a longer contract. "It's just one of those things where it was like, 'We're only going to go that direction if you re-sign.'
And it kind of got to the point where I thought they were using this as a hook, and I knew how Vince sees me already... so I decided to try something else and join AEW," Hardy recounted. The Hardy-Wyatt connection is not new to WWE fans.
In 2018, the two transformed from rivals into tag team partners, triumphing in a tournament to claim the vacant "Raw" Tag Team Championship. However, their partnership was short-lived, as Matt Hardy had to step away later that summer to address a pelvis injury.
Following this, Hardy's appearances in WWE were intermittent, leading up to his eventual move to AEW. This insight into the creative process and strategic thinking within WWE highlights the complex interplay of character development, storytelling, and business considerations in professional wrestling.
While the proposed Hardy-Wyatt faction remains a 'what could have been' in wrestling history, it underscores the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the sport's narrative arcs.