Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Hardy specifically named Papa Shango and The Undertaker as characters he wanted to throw-back to.
“Well, I mean, that’s why the whole ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy character was created in the first place. Because thinking back and looking at the landscape of things, all these young guys that are 25-35 that are in super top shape, super athletic and super healthy in so many ways, and don’t have their body covered with scar tissue like mine is. When I was thinking about those characters, I said, ‘what if I could do a throwback to the days of Papa Shango? The days of The Undertaker? Trying to create a character that’s somewhat magical, somewhat over the top? And that was the whole mindset.”
Hardy is currently out of in-ring action due to the head injury he suffered at All Out. It looks like he’ll still be on TV as AEW is advertising that he’ll be in Private Party’s corner for their match against Chris Jericho and Jake Hager on the next Dynamite.
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