Wrestling / Matt Hardy

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Matthew Moore Hardy is a professional wrestler that is a former champion of The Carolinia Wrestling Federation, Maryland Championship Wrestling, New England Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling Syndicate, New Frontier Wrestling Association and Wrestle Cradle. He's shown up from time to time in Ring of Honor and wrestled for members of the NWA too.

However, Matt Hardy is best known for his time in WWE, where he began as part of the Hardy Boyz tag team with his Real Life brother Jeff. He also joined Jeff in TNA for the better part of 2011. He is a former WWE European Heavyweight Champion, a former WWE United States Heavyweight Champion, WWE Hardcore Champion, a former 6x WWE World Tag Team Champion with Jeff, a former WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champion with MVP, a former WCW World Tag Team Championnote  with Jeff and a former WWE ECW Heavyweight Champion.

After spending several years as a jobber in the WWF, taking part in matches against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and The Ringmaster, Matt finally rose to prominence after forming a tag team with Jeff, known as the Hardy Boyz. They had a variety of managers in their early years, including Michael Hayes, Terri Runnels, and Gangrel (during which they were known as The New Brood and started their long-standing feud with Edge and Christian. They gained most success when managed by Matt's real life girlfriend Lita, as the trio Team Xtreme.

Although both were known for a high-flying style of wrestling, Matt was always known as the more calculated and restrained of the two, known more for his "Twist of Fate" finisher than for his dives.

Over the years, Matt and Jeff would split, feud against each other, or feud against other people, before getting back together in TNA both as heels and faces. The second time around, Matt finally became TNA World Heavyweight Champion at Bound for Glory 2015. He would relinquish the championship in a storyline controversy built to justify the pre-taped "World Title Series", but wound up winning it again through a Face–Heel Double-Turn between Matt, his wife Reby Sky, and Ethan Carter III.


"I can trope a tornado":

  • A God Am I: When Bully Ray declared Team 3D to be gods of tag team wrestling, in comparison to the American Wolves, who claimed were not on their level, Matt said the the Hardys were also gods of tag team wrestling, and that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards were merely "good".
  • Alter Ego Acting: "Matt Hardy Brand" and "THE MATTHEW BRAND"
  • Always Second Best:
    • Something of an Unfortunate Truth in Television. Jeff ultimately ended up being the Most Over Hardy in the long run, getting main even pushes while Matt wallowed in the mid/lower card. Even with Jeff's demons concerning drugs, both TNA and WWE saw more stock in him than Matt. Several of Matt's feuds with Jeff involved this trope, making one wonder if Matt actually does have a chip on his shoulder.
    • The sole exception to all of this is ROH, where Matt is greatly beloved while the last time Jeff was there, he got booed out of the building with "WE WANT MATT!" chants. This probably because Matt works a more ground-based style while Jeff relies more on spots and has the unfortunate reputation of being a bit of a Spot Monkey. Well, that and the fact that Jeff's ring work has become sloppier over the years in general.
    • In TNA it wasn't Jeff who represented this, but Ethan Carter III. He has challenged EC3 for the title on at least five occasions, but never successfully won any of them cleanly—of the two he won, one was a triple threat match in which Ethan was taken out by Jeff, the special referee, for provoking him throughout the match and Matt pinned Drew Galloway instead, and the other was the one with the double turn involving Reby and Tyrus' betrayal of EC3.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: His tag team partner MVP believed Matt Hardy would be inferior to him in everything they did. Most specifically that he was the better man in the tag team and that Matt Hardy would never be good enough to beat MVP for the United States Championship but would also challenge him to various tasks to prove he really could beat Matt at everything. Matt Hardy would eventually beat MVP for the US title and send him into a long losing streak.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Edge, for many reasons, both Kayfabe and Real Life, well, not as much in recent years. He wished Edge well after his retirement, stating that they have both started and ended as friends.
    • A better example would be Matt's brother, Jeff. When they aren't tagging together nor on different shows, they've more often than not been feuding with each other. Note that in almost all their feuds, Matt's has been the heel with an obvious case of Green-Eyed Monster.
    • In TNA it wasn't Jeff that sparked his Face–Heel Turn, but EC3. Through their wars over the TNA World Heavyweight Title, Matt and Ethan have grown a hatred of each other that has unlocked new sides of themselves as characters.
  • The Artifact: Even though Matt no longer uses the "Version 1" gimmick, he and his fans still flash the "V1" hand signal as shown.
  • Ascended Extra: Matt and Jeff spent years as TV jobbers for WWE, and they were used to open the doors for the wrestlers at King of the Ring 95.
  • Attention Whore: The entire thing of what seemed to be his life spiraling down and him planning to commit suicide. After tons of cryptic messages that gave the outright impression he was going to commit suicide. End result of it was him doing a work and just doing it to "test his fans" and advertise his "rebirth". The fake suicide note caused a genuine panic, with many people actually calling the area police department and getting them to check on him. There was a massive backlash when it was revealed to be fake. In addition to angering fans, this stunt also upset his friends and his sister-in-law.
  • Author Avatar: As "High Voltage" in his own wrestling promotion. He later changed his name to Surge when he discovered a WCW tag team with the same name until Chris Kanyon informed him WCW had actually stolen the High Voltage name from him and was showing Matt Hardy's tryout videos in their training facility, the power plant.
  • Battle Couple: With Reby Sky in Vendetta Pro
  • Berserk Button: Don't you dare give him purple grapes; MATTHEW only eats green grapes.
  • Blatant Lies: In his TNA debut, claimed not to be like his brother (who was in the midst of his heel run as Immortal's Dark Messiah World Champion), before smacking RVD in the face.
  • Blood Upgrade: As version 1.0, Matt Hardy would get more aggressive if he found himself bleeding.
  • Breakup Breakout
    • At first, Matt was the Michaels during his Matt Hardy V1 gimmick, during Jeff's first run in TNA. Then the whole Matt/Lita/Edge love-triangle happened, Jeff re-signed with the WWE and became world champion, and Matt became the Jannety whilst still remaining successful. However, after Jeff left the WWE, Matt squandered in the lower card before they both wound up in TNA, where Jeff became the centerpiece of Immortal whilst Matt became a background player in the same stable.
    • At least until Jeff's drug problems got to the point where TNA decided he couldn't work and sent him home. Now Matt's suddenly become one of the main wrestlers of the group... until Matt got put on suspension for chronic lateness and then fired after a DWI, while Jeff was given a second chance and redeemed himself.
  • Cain and Abel: With Jeff when feuding against each other.
  • Cameo: Appeared in the crowd at SHINE Wrestling cheering Reby Sky...and threw in the towel when she got stretched out by Jessicka Havok.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Became the leader of S.C.U.M.(Suffering Chaos Ugliness Mayhem) when Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino grew tired of Kevin Steen and promoted Hardy in Steen's place.
  • Cavalry Betrayal
    • A shocking one to long time viewers of WWE at the 2009 Royal Rumble when Matt turned on Jeff Hardy for Edge. This is a case where more casual viewers may have seen it coming but many long term ones were shocked to see Matt aid Edge in favor of anyone.
    • Team Big League boasted that they had acquired Matt Hardy's services in the International Wrestling Cartel only for Hardy to correct that he had come to fight John McChesney.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has two YouTube channels, one for "Matt Hardy", in which he acts weird, but is a typical vlog-style channel, and one for "MATTHEW" ("ALL CAPS!") where he speaks vague pseudo-philosophy, burns money, shows off his weapon collection, drinks beer, and eats grapes. Lots of grapes.
  • Couch Gag: His Mattitude titantron had a different Matt Hardy fact every time he entered the arena.
  • Crossover: The International Wrestling Cartel boasts that his match with AJ Styles at No Excuses 2005 was one of the few legitimate WWE vs TNA inter promotional matches.
  • The Cracker: Albeit, a babyface one. He hijacked the Vendetta Pro Taktron to challenge Billy Blade. This…also implies some things about his WWE Version 1 character.
  • Determinator: Worked for two years with a torn bicep before it got too bad and he had to get surgery. This was the basis behind the commentators saying "Matt Hardy will never say die".
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Matt with some help from his wife Reby Sky and Tyrus, he defeated EC3 in the Last Man Standing match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. In the process, he gave him his first official loss (although EC3 is yet to be pinned/submitted.) Had Hardy lost, he had to leave TNA for good..
  • Distressed Dude: He and Lita traded this role while they feuded with Kane, who wanted to get rid of Matt so he could have Lita to himself.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After a heartbreaking betrayal in his personal life kicked off a decade of shaky backstage relationships, creative frustrations, multiple failed rebirthssee  and falls off the wagonsee , and even reaching the ultimate low of faking a thinly veiled suicide note to test his fandom, which was finally enough to piss off his friends into setting him straight; Matt has gradually picked himself back up over the past few years. Apologizing to wrestling fans in some companies and reinventing himself as an iconic heel to them in others, he has turned his life around for the most part, earned back most of the respect he'd lost in his downfall, and become a husband to Reby Sky, father to their son Maxel, and finally, the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. After attacking his brother several times, including trying to blow him up with pyro and insinuating that he had something to do with the fire that destroyed Jeff's house and killed his beloved dog, on top of costing his brother the WWE Championship to Edge, Matt begged for Jeff's forgiveness during their "I Quit" match, in which he was hogtied to a table while Jeff was preparing a double leg drop from a rather tall ladder, including saying "I quit." It looked like Jeff was going to back down after that...only to vault himself over the ladder and leg drop Matt anyway, breaking Matt's arm in the process. Matt wouldn't be forgiven until several months down the line during his brother's famous feud with CM Punk, in which he had to prove himself by helping Jeff several times.
  • Face–Heel Double-Turn: He and wife Reby Sky had this in January 2016 with Ethan Carter III in order to take the TNA World Championship title from Carter as well as bring back Hardy's "Iconic" heel character from ROH, complete with Bodyguard Betrayal on the part of Tyrus.
  • Finishing Move: Twist of Fate/Hate in WWE/TNA, Ice Pick in TNA. Early on in WWF he also had a nice 450 splash. For a while, the Mattitude diving legdrop on Smackdown.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He claims he and Jeff did not intentionally mess up Joey Mercury's face while wrestling in a ladder match for Paul London and Brian Kendrick's tag team championships but was also completely unapologetic about it, citing his own injuries, and mocked Joey's attempts to get revenge on him.
  • Harmless Electrocution: He insisted to Reby Sky that a tazer wouldn't hurt too much and had Jeff to demonstrate on him, which did nothing to convince her.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: He pulled off his heel turns better than Jeff.
  • Incoming Ham: As Version 1 - It started with a web search for Matt Hardy, which then "loaded" the titantron before Matt made his way to the ring, with the screen formated to resemble the then-current look of Windows Media Player, whilst "Matt Facts" appeared on the left of the screen (Usually, these were useless bits of trivia). The "OHHH YEAH!" which started off his theme music qualifies as well.
  • It's Personal: Billy Blade attacking Reby Sky, and just to make it clear why he was doing so, making his final shot the twist of fate. Matt Hardy in turn shaved Billy Blade bald.
  • Kick the Dog: He constantly berated and beat on his "Mattitude Follower", Shannon Moore, for every slight and perceived failure. Then he and Shannon finally had a match on Velocity, where Matt won, but they shook hands in respect and made up afterwards.
  • Large Ham: As Matt Hardy Version 1.
  • Man Scorned: Infamously during 2005 against Edge and Lita.
  • Naked People Are Funny: During his Version 1 run, he was trying to make weight for a Cruiserweight title match. Stripped down to his boxers, he was still a quarter pound overweight. He removed his boxers, made weight, boisterously celebrated and hugged Shannon Moore before remembering he hadn't put his boxers back on. Moore was thoroughly squicked by the whole thing.
  • Not Bad: He stood up from the commentators table after Adam Cole successfully defended the ROH television title against Mike Mondo saying he now say why people compared Cole to him, saying Cole was almost as good as Matt Hardy used to be.
  • Pet the Dog Shannon eventually got to take out his frustrations against Matt when they were put in a match against each other but he ended up losing anyway, and expected more of the same after the match was over. Instead, Matt applauded him for his effort.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WWE): The New Brood, with Jeff and Gangrel
    • (in TNA): Immortal
    • (in Ring of Honor): SCUM
  • Power Trio: Team Xtreme with Jeff and Lita, who at times bordered on the above trope, since Trish sometimes served as an unofficial fourth member. Later his little Mattitude movement became one when he added Crash Holly alongside Shannon Moore.
  • Really Gets Around: Amid such insulting chants such as accusations that Matt was fat, Steve Corino yelled over the ROHbots at Super Card Of Honor that Matt Hardy had slept with more divas than their hero, CM Punk. Predictably, this did little to shift their negative opinion of Matt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Matt is the Blue Oni to Jeff's Red.
  • Red Baron: "Cold Blooded", "The Sensei of Mattitude"
  • Retcon: The whole triangle storyline with Edge and Lita has been retconned with the much reviled Lita/Kane marriage taking its place (ironically, the latter was originally retconned to make room for the former). It was made blatantly obvious during the week of Edge's retirement, where he made numerous references to Lita, thanking her for her part in his career, while not making one mention of Matt, though part of that may have been because Matt's part in his career was being the guy that was cheated on by Lita with Edge. The reasoning for this is most likely due to the nature of Matt's release, where he was all but blackballed from the company.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Jeff left the WWE, he indirectly asked Matt to take revenge on CM Punk for getting him kicked out by telling the fans not to cry about his departure, for there was still a Hardy on this show. Matt was ultimately unsuccessful in his efforts against CM Punk but it was not for lack of trying.
  • Screw the Money, I have Grapes: In one MATTHEW video, he claims the million dollars or so he has earned in the past decade is worthless, save to buy grapes.
  • Sibling Team: Guess who...
  • Signature Move: The Side Effect(not to be confused with the D'Lo Brown move of the same name), Matt's is usually a clothesline counter into a jumping take down while D'Lo's is a slam.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • As Version 1.
    • Claimed on Twitter that it was because of him that TNA saw an increase in their ratings following his debut in the company. Apparently, he thinks he's a bigger draw than Kurt Angle, who returned at the same time Matt made his debut.
  • So Proud of You: Claimed he and Jeff were proud of Caprice Coleman anyway.
  • Spell My URL With a The: Originally named his official site http://www.thematthardy.com, later changed to http://www.thematthardyshow.com, leading to other wrestlers taking the same approach for their sites.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Though he didn't have to carry the show as much as Christian or even CM Punk did, Matt was by far the biggest star in WWECW during his time there and his ECW title chase dominated the latter half of 2008 after Punk got drafted to RAW.
  • Start My Own
    • He and Jeff started the Backyard Trampoline Wrestling Federation but the TWF did not last too long. Later would come the more legit Omega Wrestling, which Matt would revive after leaving TNA. OMEGA became an affiliate of Pro Wrestling International.
    • When Shannon Moore complained about being a mere Mattitude Follower, Matt Hardy suggested that Moore start his own thing. Moore managed to convince Crash Holly to become his follower and dubbed him a Moore-on.
  • Take That, Us: At the Eleventh Ring Of Honor Anniversary show it was announced Matt Hardy would be facing Adam Cole for the television title at the next taping. Cue Matt Hardy coming out and announcing the match was just made as an after thought. Sure enough, Adam Cole lost the title in the next match so Hardy got no title shot.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: He and Mike Bennett, working together for Adam Cole while he was Ring Of Honor World Champion. They crossover into Terrible Trio if you include Mike Bennett's valet, Maria Kanellis and right into Four Is Death with Adam Cole himself.
  • Tournament Arc: He and Jeff won the Terri Invitational in WWE and the November 2014 number 1 contender's tournament for a shot at The American Wolves in TNA.
  • Three Month Rule: At the end of TNA's 2014, The Revolution beat the American Wolves for the TNA World Tag Team Titles and the Hardy Boys won a tournament to become number one contenders. When TNA got a new TV deal one of the first things they got out of the way was the Wolves getting their rematch for the belts, which they lost, which would logically give the Hardy Boys the next shot. Despite this the next week featured the Hardy Boys facing the Wolves for number one contender ship without explanation.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grapes.
  • Worked Shoot/Real Life Writes the Plot
    • The whole Lita/Edge affair. Long story short, Lita and Edge were having an affair and Matt was fired after talking about it. Eventually he was re-hired, and the whole scandal was made into a storyline, albeit they made it look like a shoot.
    • More real life writing the plot and less worked shoot, but Matt Hardy's increased gut following his burst appendix also made his ice pick submission look more painful.
    • The "MATTHEW" videos were a work to get himself fired from WWE, as he had wanted a release for a while, but some people took them seriously including Spoony.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When Matt Hardy came to from Smackdown to Raw (they were separate brands at the time), it was predicted that he would pickup where he left off with Lita, seemingly to propose to her. But since Matt was still a heel and Lita was a face, it was decided to be more interesting if Matt turned on her for no reason and spent a lot of time beating her up, including slamming a cage door on her. He managed to earn Chris Jericho's disgust, who was feuding with Lita and Trish Stratus at the time, even wrestling them but not going further than pinning combinations playful spankings at that point. After Trish joined Christian though, Matt would eventually reform from his Lita beating ways and the two would make up.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Boyz
  • You Are Fat: These taunts became especially hilarious in Ring Of Honor after Matt Hardy became the leader of S.C.U.M. The previous leader, Kevin Steen, was much fatter than Matt.