Matt Hardy is now “Woken,” and the character that revitalized his pro wrestling career has finally reached the WWE. Hardy looks to dethrone Bray Wyatt from his haughty position, and transform his darkness into something “delightful.”
For a number of weeks, since his brother Jeff has been absent from television, Matt has been on the wrong end of matches lately, as he has experienced a string of losses. Thankfully, he now has he “Woken” character to boost his status. When the Hardy Boyz returned at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida, is was the first time the team has appeared in WWE since 2010.
Interestingly, a few years before that, Matt was supposed to embark in an angle involving now-Impact Wrestling legend Angelina Love. Love explained on a recent episode of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show how this was scheduled to occur, but got abruptly pulled on the same show.
“I was literally sitting, planted in the crowd, with my debut segment on SmackDown next, and I got pulled. My segment got completely cut out, and the people I was supposed to work with went straight into a completely different storyline. In 2006, there were talks about doing something with JBL, but that never happened… then I had gone back up to SmackDown in August of that year, to do something with Matt Hardy. I remember they had me [sitting] in the front row in the crowd… The first segment was Booker T, when he was King Booker, knighting Finlay and Regal.
“The next segment was Matt Hardy supposed to go over Psicosis or Super Crazy, he was supposed to go over one of them. I was standing there, so happy and clapping, and he would [come over] and say, ‘who’s this blonde girl?’, and eventually I would end up being his girlfriend. We’re like minutes, if not less, of my segment starting, and the guy, the floor manager who planted me, patted me on the shoulder, pulled me over and said ‘your segment got cut.’ [Eventually] I was told that as soon as the show started, Vince rewrote the whole show.”
Love would also explain why she left her recent stint at Impact Wrestling.
“Once [Davey Richards and I] had our blow-off match, the writing was on the wall, and I’m just at a point in my life where I’m a mother, I’ve been with Impact for 10 years. I saw where it was going, and it just was not something that I [was interested in]. Use me full force, because I’m worth it, or I gotta go. I know my worth.”
The six-time Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion also talked about whether she should be in the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame, Anthem management vs. Dixie Carter, and more.
You can hear the full interview below.