AEW star Matt Hardy has discussed scrapped plans for an IMPACT and ROH crossover, which he was originally set to play a role in.
In 2017, Matt and Jeff Hardy faced The Young Bucks in an exciting series of matches. The Hardy Boyz’ last match before their return to WWE was against Matt and Nick Jackson at ROH Supercard Of Honor 11.
Hardy has revealed that this rivalry was meant to mark the beginning of an inter-promotional story. Speaking with ET Canada, Hardy explained that he’s always been an advocate for different promotions sharing talent.
The AEW star noted that a management change caused these plans to be put aside, before the Hardy’s chose to sign with WWE.
Here is the full quote:
“I think (cross promoting) is great. I’ve always thought it was great for business. A lot of people don’t know about this. It’s not a well-known fact. But I had been negotiating and working with the Young Bucks.
“Right before my brother and I left Impact to return to WWE, we were actually going to do a Ring of Honor-Impact crossover angle with the Hardys and the Young Bucks for three or four months. And we had that set. But then some things changed in their management and then ended up we’d return to would return to WWE once we ended up leaving.
“So I’m all down for it. I’ve always been down from it from the beginning. And I think especially considering WWE is such a massive global promotion, I think any other promotion that is up-and-coming when they work with other promotions, has it helps to add the element of unpredictability and unpredictability is what makes wrestling successful in 2021.
In recent months, AEW, IMPACT and NJPW have been sharing talent. Kenny Omega recently won the IMPACT World Championship from Rich Swann at IMPACT Rebellion.
Former WWE star Andrade has challenged Kenny Omega to a title match at TripleMania. You can read about his recent AAA appearance here.