WWE: Matt Hardy announces retirementSeptember 16, 2018
By Rafael Bandayrel
Veteran high-flier Matt Hardy announced that he is walking away from professional wrestling after a storied 26-year career.
Matt Hardy (From Instagram: @matthardybrand)
Hardy, 43, posted a video on YouTube after fulfilling his final advertised live event on Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas.
“There’s been a lot of speculation for quite a while online,” said Hardy. “WWE, fortunately, they let me fulfill all my advertised commitments. But tonight here in Corpus Christi, this was the last advertised commitment I had.”
“Tonight here in Corpus Christi is most likely the last time you will ever see ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy in a WWE ring,” the 13-time world tag team champion said.
Hardy then revealed that his focus will shift to taking care his family.
“I have two young kids and a wife. It’s time for me to go home.”
In the YouTube video description, Hardy wrote:
“Thank you for letting me live my dream for 26 years, wrestling fans. I don’t necessarily wish it was this way, but it’s time to go home. Time to go home and be a father. Time to go home and be a husband. I did so much more than I ever imagined I would do. Thanks for making this incredible journey with me, ladies and gentlemen. I love you all.”
Hardy rose to prominence in the late 90s’ as part of iconic tag-team in the “Hardy Boyz” alongside his younger brother Jeff.
Matt reinvented himself a singles competitor giving himself the monicker “Version 1”, when he split up with Jeff in 2001.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Hardy – under Impact Wrestling – took off as a singles star after transforming into the bizarre “Broken” Matt Hardy character. He reunited with Jeff and dominated the independent tag team scene as the “Broken Hardys.”
The act was so popular that the Hardys had a career renaissance, eventually leading to a WWE comeback.
Matt and Jeff made a surprise return at WrestleMania 33 in 2017, reclaiming the tag titles in a multi-team ladder match. Before retiring, Matt would once again win the tag straps with rival-turned-ally Bray Wyatt.
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