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Who is Broken Matt Hardy? Discover his 8-year special bond with TNA Impact Wrestling

Matt Hardy is a veteran who has been active since 1992. He is notable for his work in WWE, most notably in the tag team division alongside his brother Jeff Hardy, with whom he has won most of WWE’s critically acclaimed Tag Team Championships and others. companies too.

But when it comes to gaining fame as a singles star, he failed to gain the same prestige. That was until he was finally ‘Broken’ during his time in TNA/Impact Wrestling. Despite rumors of a return to WWE, the former AEW star has chosen to take a different path. And now he’s broken again with another singles run in TNA. But what is the Broken gimmick you may be wondering? Let’s find out.

The history of the Broken gimmick

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While in the WWE, Matt Hardy tried to establish himself as a singles competitor. But he didn’t gain much traction until he was part of the Edge-Lita-Hardy storyline. But that focus also faded as he emerged as the losing side in the feud. So it wasn’t long before Hardy chose to leave the WWE due to creative differences and join TNA. During his run in TNA, Matt Hardy developed a demented personality (or gimmick in wrestling) that led him to rename himself Broken Matt. He created his own family cult, using bizarre terms and gestures, to captivate audiences and fleece a company that was reeling after the departure of giants like AJ Styles. Samoa Joe or Bobby Roode. And what was the reason or motive behind the character? This gimmick came from Matt Hardy’s own reluctance towards his brother Jeff’s performance.

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Jeff Hardy even joined his cult and was called Brother Nero. This new universe created by The Hardyz became a runaway success and one of the few reasons why fans continued to give the WWE “competition” a chance. Matt turned heads by taking on a quirky role, with a distinct air of grandeur, always speaking in the third person. And he also popularized expressions like “Delete! Delete! Delete!”.

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Much of his success can be explained by the “ridiculousness” of the character and his universe. Evidence of this was, for example, the culmination of the feud between the brothers, The Final Deletion, a completely atypical match that was on everyone’s lips for weeks and which even had a replica of the WWE; and then the inexplicable tournament called Tag Team Apocalypto, which gave away indelible scenes.

That was the legal battle

When the Hardy Boyz returned to WWE, the characters Broken Matt and Brother Nero could not be used. Why? Because TNA claimed the gimmick was their intellectual property. Because fans wanted to see him in that demented state, and Matt Hardy was clear that there was significant value in that character, a legal battle began. There was speculation for months about the possibility of a deal, but it never materialized, and there was even the idea that the Hardy brothers would reinvent their characters. But everything remained in the realm of speculation.

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That was until RAW saw the first sign that Broken Matt was finally coming. After losing to Bray Wyatt, the less extreme Hardy simply started going crazy and making one of his signature gestures: delete, delete, delete. And before you know it, Matt Hardy was ‘Woken’. A new gimmick inspired by the ‘Broken’ gimmick that ran until Hardy left for All Elite Wrestling. Nevertheless, Hardy wants to revisit the success he has had with the gimmick in wrestling promotions in TNA. Only time will tell how the former TNA star will fare in familiar territory.

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