Three weeks ago on Monday Night Raw, Matt Hardy made his return after being absent from in-ring TV for seven months, with the exception of chasing the 24/7 Championship. On the April 30, 2019 episode of SmackDown Live, Matt and Jeff Hardy were forced to relinquish their SmackDown Tag Team Championships due to Jeff requiring surgery for knee problems.

The recovery time for Jeff, according to, was expected to be 6-9 months. Unfortunately, during this recovery time, Jeff was arrested in July in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for public intoxication. WWE Hall of Famer and one of the biggest rivals of the Hardy Boyz, Bully Ray, feels that this could be a huge reason why Matt is being misused since returning to television.

“Matt Hardy STILL gets one of the biggest pops the second his music hits … and Creative STILL refuses to listen,” Bully stated via Twitter.

“It also seems like they take their frustrations on Matt for whatever Jeff may have done wrong. And I don’t even want to call it wrong — wrong choice of words. Whatever mistake he made,” Bully said in a recent episode of Busted Open Radio.

He added, “These guys are my brothers; it’s just Matt always ends up on the backburner, and he keeps reinventing himself. And that is the kick in the balls. He takes it on the chin, gets knocked out on the chin — sucks it up for the shortcoming of Jeff at the moment, reinvents himself as V1, Big Money Matt, Broken Matt, gets all this stuff over, and then gets put back on the backburner.”

To even further add to Bully’s point of Matt continuing to reinvent himself, he recently started a series on his YouTube page called “Free the Delete.”

The purpose of the series, is to “follow Matt Hardy’s journey to recapture his Broken Brilliance. Finding himself somewhere in limbo between mankind and the multiverse, Matt must embark on a mission to #FreeTheDELETE and PROCURE his true DESTINY.”

Please credit Chris Featherstone of Wrestling Rumors for any quotes used in this article. 

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