Matt Hardy V1 Gimmick

Matt Hardy Credits Kevin Dunn For WWE Gimmick & More


During the latest edition of his The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, AEW star Matt Hardy praised WWE Executive Kevin Dunn for creating the “Matt Facts” box during his Matt Hardy “Version 1.0” gimmick in 2003.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:


Hardy on Kevin Dunn coming up with the “Matt Facts” for his entrance: “I gotta be honest about this too. Like, I remember talking about having some sort of entrance that kind of related to the internet. I remember pitching that idea. They put together this tent of what was going on and I remember they had that great look where I’m so smart, which I always try and like redo that expression whenever I do kind of the half-smile. A little sarcastic, shit-eating grin. I remember they had that little image and they did the box like a little Windows Media Player, old school things. Oh, my God, this is great. Then Kevin Dunn is the one who said, ‘We can put like a little factoid up here about Matt.’ So I had to give Kevin Dunn credit for that. That was his idea initially, and then they said ‘Just give us a few Matt Facts and we’ll pick a couple. So every week at TV, I would submit like four or five different Matt Facts and they would pop two of them up on the screen during the entrance, and I love that. Just looking back in hindsight, I’m so glad that I was able to get that entrance and be able to call those things Matt Facts.”

On being angry when Dunn once broke the formula for the Matt Fact box: “The only time they weren’t mine. There was a small period when our book first came out, Exist to Inspire. Kevin Dunn put up some of the Matt Facts — and I think I’ve shared this story before. Kevin Dunn created some of the Matt Facts. I remember, one time, the Matt Fact box said, ‘Have you read Matt’s book?’ and I was so furious. I didn’t know that was gonna happen. I was like, ‘Dude, I’m really passionate about these things. You broke the formula. Every one of these stories was like, ‘Matt…’ It has to have, ‘Matt does this, Matt does that…’ Matt Facts.”

On why the idea went against his character: “You can’t have a Matt Fact that [ doesn’t start with] the word ‘Matt.’ This delusional cocksucker [the ‘Version 1’ character] would never let that happen. I was so passionate about the ego and the delusion of Matt Hardy, Version One, that I got so personally upset about that. It’s so funny because later on, it really wasn’t a big deal. But I was very passionate about this thing.”

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