During the latest edition of his “The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy” podcast, AEW star Matt Hardy commented on being “shocked” by Bray Wyatt’s release from WWE, the company pitching an angle with Broken Matt, Willow the Wisp, and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt before he left, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On WWE’s release of Bray Wyatt: “It was shocking. I mean, because he was one of the biggest merch movers they had. That’s usually a pretty important, pretty important part of performance longevity around there. If you’re selling a lot of merch, usually that means you’re making money. You know, so it was very shocking, very disappointing. I don’t even know if it was because he’d re-signed a contract it was too much, and they were just like, it’s one of those things, it’s very much a business now more than ever. If they have a guy that they think is making too much money, no one is expendable, and they’ve built the brand around WWE. Vince McMahon doesn’t need any one Superstar at any certain time. They’ve really built it all around WWE and that is what is the draw.”
On WWE pitching an angle with Broken Matt and Willow the Wisp along with The Fiend Bray Wyatt before he left: “There was a pitch to get me to try and re-sign my contract, or whenever I was doing that angle with with with Randy. They were also going to do something besides the angle with Randy Orton. They said a big match with Bray at WrestleMania and they said, ‘What if we did something now where Bray is doing something as The Fiend, and people are trying to stop them. Then all of a sudden, there’s an appearance of a very hardcore Matt Hardy that shows up and then like this Willow The Wisp or just a hardcore Jeff Hardy this shows up. Then they like squash these guys out and run them off whatever, like save The Fiend, but they’re very serious characters. But then we see the talk show where Bray is the Mr. Rogers character and he’s talking to all the kids and he’s having the show. Then you see Broken Matt, he shows up, and then Willow The Wisp shows up and they’re part of the show as well. So you guys are like him. But you work as a tag team, you have like a Fiend type of character versions of yourself. Then you have a Broken Matt and a Willow and then you’re also doing the deal,’ which sounded very cool and awesome, but I also knew at the time, that would probably last six or seven weeks, and then it would be done. So I was already mentally checked out and AEW-bound.”
(h/t – Fightful)