So, by now, every wrestling fan out there knows that Matt Hardy was released from his WWE contract this past Friday, October 15th. For some, this news came as a bit of a surprise, in spite of the fact that Hardy was sitting at home and not appearing on TV. For others, it was no shocker at all.
I am somewhat in between. I remember when the rumor came out about Matt being sent home from the UK tour several weeks ago. He was denying it to anyone who would listen—or, more aptly, read—and claimed that he was still there. Well, by now, it is obvious that he was only trying to cover up the truth.
Since 2005, Matt Hardy has never been what anyone would call good at keeping his thoughts to himself, even when they were the most private details. In March/April of that year, news broke of a real-life affair between Hardy's girlfriend, Amy "Lita" Dumas and their mutual good friend Adam "Edge" Copeland.
This subsequently broke up the six-year relationship between Matt and Amy, but things didn't just die down quickly. Hardy instead constantly posted just about every little detail of what occurred in the situation on a daily basis on his forum on his then-official site, TheMattHardy.com, and went on and on about how he was wronged.
He encouraged his fans to chant "You screwed Matt" at Lita and Edge at live shows every time they appeared. Fans were pretty split on this, with some siding with him, while others decided to side with his so-called "enemies." His incessant babbling on the subject even eventually led to a fan slashing Copeland's rental car tires at a houseshow.
Hardy's Internet blatherings ended up with him being fired from the WWE in April 2005. He got even worse during the subsequent three months. However, during the Edge/Lita wedding on RAW in June, there was a teaser of Matt making a comeback. His video played on the TitanTron, along with his theme music blasting throughout the arena.
He didn't show, and Edge and Lita laughed it off, but he was of course actually rehired by the company and made a "triumphant" return the following month. This was done solely for the purpose of creating revenue by turning a real-life situation into an onscreen feud.
It was a horrible idea due to the feelings of people involved, particularly Amy Dumas, who was said to have had a difficult time with it, but Vince McMahon knew it would rake in the cash. And to him, "it's all about the monnnnney!"
The feud went on a few months but didn't showcase Hardy in any sort of positive light aside from a single victory against Edge in a steel cage match at Unforgiven in September 2005. He even gave Lita a Twist of Fate. However, in every other meeting, he was pretty much made to look like a chump, but for some reason, Matt Hardy believed, in his own mind, that he was being given a fantastic opportunity.
I would say that the Edge/Lita vs. Matt Hardy feud was probably the biggest and best he received in the WWE since he returned. I know he went on to capture the U.S. and even ECW championships, but the fact is that those were mere consolation prizes.
After all, although Matt always seemed to believe (and let everyone else know it) he was destined for greatness, and for the World Heavyweight title, it seemed obvious he would never, ever get it.
Fast-forward to this year, 2010. What major feud was Hardy even in? The most notable one was with Drew McIntyre, yet the Scotsman was the one to get the last laugh nearly every time they met up.
Drew was receiving a big push, and Hardy just seemed to be getting fed to him. The only time Matt really got a one-up was when he interfered in the Intercontinental championship match between McIntyre and Kofi Kingston at the Over the Limit pay-per-view, but that really didn't benefit Matt, now, did it?
The other memorable issue concerning Hardy this year is that, much like back in the spring of 2005, he began to complain all over the Internet. This time, it wasn't about personal things, but about his professional life.
He kept going on and on on Twitter about how he was unhappy that he wasn't being used properly, or to his potential, by the WWE, and that he "deserved better." His constant bellyaching eventually caught up with him when he was sent home on the UK tour, which, of course, I mentioned briefly in the second paragraph of this article.
This proved to be his ultimate downfall. Actually, his mouth, or, rather, his tweeting, is what led to the destruction of his WWE career. I believe Matt most likely thought that, due to his rehiring back in July of 2005, he was untouchable, that no repercussions would come back to bite him in the ass in spite of all his online whining.
Well, that certainly wasn't the case—not this time.
When he was released two days ago, Hardy tweeted about how "happy" he was about it. Am I alone in thinking this is nothing but a farce? He seemed to think he will be picked up by TNA once his 90-day no-compete clause with WWE expires. That may be so, but what exactly does he think he's going to accomplish if he does go to TNA?
He will never be as popular or pushed as much as his younger brother, Jeff. He is a good wrestler, but he lacks a certain something that Jeff Hardy possesses. I know there are fans out there who like Matt better, but the masses tell the real story, and the masses seem to prefer the younger Hardy.
Most likely, Matt will indeed get a push in TNA if he's hired, but it will be short-lived, and then he'll go back to slight obscurity, appearing in the odd match here and there and putting other wrestlers over.
How long will it be before he starts up his usual pattern of bitching and moaning all over the Internet about his "unfair treatment?" My money is riding on that it won't be too long before that happens. As always, Hardy fails to realize that, especially when it concerns his career, his own worst enemy is himself.