troperville

tools

toys

Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
YMMV: Matt Hardy
  • Angst Dissonance: Get your awesome and incredibly popular Version 1 gimmick wrecked because WWE creative thinks the fans are responding too positively to it? Watch one of your best friends steal your girlfriend and get fired for complaining about it? Get rehired only to be stuck on jobber-to-the-stars duty for a year? Get stuck on jobber-to-the-stars duty for another year because you do something that gets The Undertaker angry? Watch said former best friend become a huge superstar specifically because he went behind your back and stole your girlfriend while you're losing matches? Get fired because you gained weight because of an illness? Wrestle another two years with another injury before getting the needed surgery? Watch you brother's drug related transgressions get forgiven repeatedly by WWE and TNA? "LoL, Fatt Hardy needs to man up and lose some weight."
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: After a Pizza-eating contest with MVP, he ate two slices while MVP ate none. Cue Matt blowing chunks all over him while he complains.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • In his return promo after the Edge/Lita affair, Matt stated he wanted them to die in a car crash. He almost immediately lost a lot of the support he had at the time.
    • After his 2008 Face-Heel Turn, he proceeded to take credit for every misfortune his younger brother had suffered since his rise to the main event started. Including the real life destruction of Jeff's house in a fire, which claimed the life of Jeff's beloved dog. The WWE seemed to realise this was a step too far, and subsequently ignored Matt taking credit for the fire.
  • Epic Fail: Advertise your "rebirth" in professional wrestling by... faking suicide? Instead of building up hype for his comeback, Matt managed to blackball himself from both WWE and TNA, and lose the support of the few fans who hadn't jumped on the Edge bandwagon.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As version 1.0, Matt Hardy would make weight to be around the expected size depending on whether he was challegning for the cruiser weight championship or WWE championship.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Matt is quite possibly the best-known male example. He's constantly made fun of for his weight gain (especially with Scott Steiner quotes). Even dropping the weight hasn't stopped the criticism.
    • In one vlog he explains that his weight gain was due to digestive problems, and has gone on many diets to drop the weight. The diets all included grapes.
    • To be fair, one vlog showed Matt working out fairly hard (one might consider it a little too hard), and stating he would be on a diet guaranteed to help him in weight loss, and then showed up in TNA just as pudgy as before, if not worse. It's not hard to see why Matt is picked on for this after that.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Grapes.
    • What does Scott Steiner think of Matt Hardy?
      • HE'S FAT!!!
  • Never Live It Down: When it was discovered that his girlfriend Lita was cheating on him with friend and frequent on-screen foe Edge, Matt had something of a meltdown and got fired by talking about the affair publicly. Since then, Matt's been stuck with the stigma as the guy who Lita cheated on and never got over it. More recently, he hasn't been able to live down being the guy WWE released for being fat.
    • Some of the language he used during the storyline with Edge and Lita was inappropriate for a sympathetic babyface. Primarily, in his return promo after having been fired, he wished death upon them via a car wreck and completely lost the crowd.
  • Older Than They Think: Matt was actually the first WWE Superstar to start a Web Original series, pre-dating Zack Ryder's Z! True Long Island Story by 6 years, and The Miz & John Morrison's The Dirt Sheet by 3 years.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Even his ex-girlfriend Lita is remembered better and far more fondly than he is. Lita's well known for her relationship with Edge (the guy she cheated on Matt with), which would give Edge the biggest push of his career, propelling him into superstardom. The whole Love Triangle thing being the one stain of her career, enough time had passed for her to even be considered and eventually immortalized in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, one year after her kayfabe arch-rival and real life best friend Trish Stratus. Matt's unlikely to ever get such an accolade, due to his personal problems and blackballing from the company.
  • The Scrappy: While his brother is a Base Breaker due to his drug problems, Matt has been the Universal whipping boy of the IWC ever since the Edge/Lita controversy. The fake suicide publicity stunt did him no favors.
    • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Has set about putting his life back together since his suicide stunt, and is now doing fairly well for himself on the indies. The IWC has been warming up to him, if slowly.
  • X-Pac Heat
    • Even though they claimed to have wanted him when his brother was in Ring Of Honor, the ROH bots treated Matt Hardy pretty roughly. However, when they saw Matt was going to keep all his ROH dates despite being rehired by WWE, they started to take a liking to him. Jeff Hardy remained a punchline at Ring Of Honor live events though.
    • Matt Hardy was met with X-Pac Heat anew when he returned to Ring Of Honor and had to prove himself worthy, again.

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
9831
26