A current WWE executive has admitted they could not connect with Matt Hardy’s creation of his “Broken” character and is unsure what to think of it.
Speaking on his Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg admitted that he could not understand the character despite having huge admiration for both Matt and his brother Jeff Hardy.
“I did [see Broken Matt in TNA] and I didn’t know what to think of it. And to this day, and I’m not I’m not a hater. I love Matt and Jeff and that’s the truth. I don’t know, I still don’t know what to think of it. I don’t know what it is, maybe I didn’t see the incarnation of it. Or maybe I didn’t understand where it came from or how it started. But it’s, I don’t know, I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now. Maybe you can explain it to me and then I’ll go like oh crap that’s awesome.”
Working as a WWE producer, Road Dogg has spent time on the development of future superstars with his time in NXT. Guiding the next generation allows James to lean on the experiences from his own career which saw huge success during the Attitude Era as part of the New Age Outlaws and Degeneration-X.
Matt Hardy debuted the persona during his time in TNA after being injured and losing in a match to his brother Jeff.
After leaving the company, TNA started legal action claiming ownership of the character. Due to the dispute, WWE would not allow Matt and Jeff to use the gimmick after rejoining in 2017, they would instead interact with fans for chants of “delete, delete, delete”
TNA eventually dropped the claims, which allowed Hardy to develop the character further to a “Woken” version during a feud with Bray Wyatt.
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