Matt Hardy has explained how Triple H had pitched plans to bring his Broken Universe to WWE NXT.
In early 2020, the current AEW star left WWE after his contract expired. Both Vince McMahon and Triple H tried to get him to stay in their own ways.
Speaking on The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the former WWE star discussed his final days in the promotion and explained how Vince McMahon started to see him in a producer role.
Recalling a conversation with McMahon, Hardy said:
“I just told him, ‘I know how you see me. You’re trying to move me 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 also it’s where I can make the most money, and at the end of the day, pro wrestling is a business and it is all about going where you can make the most money.”
“He absolutely respected that and he said ‘Well, thank you for being honest,’ because so many people just bullsh*t him all the time … They knew where I was going to end up.”
Overtures and attempts to get him to stay didn’t stop there. Then-executive producer of NXT, Triple H pitched Matt Hardy to lead his own faction in the brand as a last-ditch effort to re-sign him.
“He called me afterwards, he tried to work deals with me doing stuff in NXT. It’s so funny because this shows how much Vince wanted me as a producer. [Triple H] said ,‘Well, we can pay you x amount of money if you do this NXT thing … I’ll put you with a group of guys so you don’t have to do all the work, being an older guy, you’re like the leader of the group. And then you can also still go to TVs, “Raw” and “SmackDown” … and start being a coach, because that’s really what Vince wants to see you as, is a producer.’”
The idea would have seen several wrestlers pulled into Matt’s Broken Universe that he created in 2016 as part of IMPACT Wrestling, but the idea was a little too late.
He went on to explain:
“My contract had already expired at this point. I had already talked to the Bucks and Tony Khan and the powers-that-be at AEW, and I’d already made a handshake deal to go there. It was a good deal, and I thought that was my best route going forward, so I just once again respectfully declined and said, ‘Thank you very much. I want you to know I appreciate you reaching out to me like this and I’ll never forget it.’ I always remember when people are good to me and I always hold that dear in my heart, and I always remember that I owe them.”
Matt Hardy debuted for All Elite Wrestling on the March 18, 2020 edition of Dynamite. He has been recently reunited with his brother Jeff after his signing with the company.
The Hardy defeated The Young Bucks at Sunday’s AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view.
For the full results on the show, click here.
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