“It’s a Damaging Practice”- AEW Superstar Matt Hardy Criticizes WWE Over a Recent WrestleMania List

Published 04/05/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Matt Hardy arrives on the ring during WWE show at Zenith Arena on May 10, 2017 in Lille, northern France. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP via Getty Images)


WrestleMania moments are the most special moments in the life of a WWE Superstar. Standing on the Grandest Stage of Them All and putting on the performance of a lifetime is something precious. For former WWE superstar Matt Hardy, it was his WrestleMania 33 return.

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Matt Hardy angry with WWE for Top 10 video omission

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At WrestleMania 33, Matt and Jeff Hardy made a huge return to the WWE after eight years. The metaphorical roof came off the Citrus Bowl as the greatest tag team in all of time and space walked to the ring.

At the event, the Hardy Boyz entered the tag team ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Both the legends put on a stellar performance, although they were much older than the competition.

A massive Swanton bomb by Jeff Hardy onto Sheamus and Cesaro through a ladder allowed Matt to climb the ladder and pull down the titles.

That moment was the most memorable moment on an underwhelming edition of WrestleMania. No other moment popped the fans like the return of their favorite tag team.

The crowd reaction was definitely the loudest ever heard in WWE history. However, WWE did not recognize it in their list of the loudest WrestleMania reactions.

Now wrestling at AEW, Matt Hardy reacted to the shocking omission on his Twitter. He cited ‘selective revision of history’ as a reason for his and his brother’s omission from the list. Although WWE has not taken the video of their return off YouTube, their omission from this list makes no sense.

Why did Matt leave WWE?

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After wrestling for Vince McMahon for a decade, Matt Hardy decided his time in WWE was over. He arrived in TNA in 2011 and made a brilliant career for himself. Within a few years, he became the hottest Superstar in the world, and the ‘Broken’ gimmick became a huge hit.

After losing the ROH Tag Team Championships to the Young Bucks, the Hardy Boyz returned to WWE. They held both Raw and SmackDown Tag Titles during their stint, but Matt left the company in 2020.

While he wasn’t part of the pandemic-related releases, his contract expired, and he refused to sign a new one.

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On his YouTube channel, Hardy explained he did not sign a new contract because of creative differences and his creative stance did not match with WWE’s. He called WWE his home, and he’s grateful for everyone from Vince to Triple H, but he was happy to be a free agent.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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