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Matt Hardy’s Wikipedia Biography

Career
Before his WWF debut with his brother Jeff, Matt was trained by former wrestler Dory Funk Jr.. Before signing with the WWF, Matt and Jeff created their own wrestling promotion, OMEGA Wrestling, in which Matt competed under the name High Voltage. Shortly after Matt Hardy sent in a tape for the WCW Amateur Challenge using the ring name High Voltage, a WCW tag team began to use the name, causing Hardy to change his name to Surge. A few years later, it was revealed to him by Chris Kanyon that the tape had been kept in the WCW Power Plant, watched multiple times, and that the name High Voltage was blatantly stolen from it.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment

 The Hardy Boyz (1998-2002)
It wasn’t until 1998 that the brothers were given a full-time WWF contract. The Hardy Boyz used a cruiserweight, fast-paced high flying style in their matches, often leaping from great heights to do damage to their opponents (and themselves in the process). Although Jeff was better known for his extreme moves, Matt was a prodigious high-flier himself. In 1999, the duo feuded with Edge and Christian and spent a short time in the stable The New Brood. After breaking away from Gangrel, Matt and Jeff were briefly managed by Terri Runnels. Subsequently, their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches with Edge, Christian, and the Dudley Boyz made them extremely popular and propelled them to five reigns as the WWF Tag Team Champions.

 Singles career (2002-2005)
In 2001, after Jeff Hardy’ Intercontinental Championship run, Matt Hardy was given a singles championship push. Matt Hardy was given the European Championship on SmackDown! (where he would become the second longest reigning European champion in history) two weeks before Backlash 2001. Throughout the year, the Hardyz would continue as a tag team, winning the WWF Tag Titles once again and the WCW Tag Titles during the The Invasion. By the end of the year, the Hardy Boyz were having trouble getting along (kayfabe).

At the beginning of 2002, it seemed Team Xtreme had patched things up. However, after the Brand Extension, Matt Hardy was regulated to HEAT while Jeff Hardy wrestled on the main show, RAW. On the August 12, 2002 episode of RAW, Matt turned against Jeff (Matt was frustrated for not receiving a number 1 contender shot against RVD), during Jeff’s match against Rob Van Dam. A short time later, Matt joined the SmackDown! roster. On the October 3, 2002 edition of the show, Matt used outside interference from Brock Lesnar to defeat The Undertaker. He would also go on to defeat the Undertaker in several occasions (although it would mostly consist of disqualifications or count outs).

Having now dubbed himself Matt Hardy – Version 1.0, and with his MF’er (Mattitude Follower) Shannon Moore in his corner, 2003 began with Matt frantically trying to lose weight to get under the 220 lb. weight limit to compete for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. After just barely making weight, Matt defeated Billy Kidman at the No Way Out 2003 in Montreal, Quebec to claim the Cruiserweight Title. At WrestleMania XIX in Seattle, he successfully defended it against Rey Mysterio. The Mattitude stable would expand to include Crash Holly as Shannon Moore’s “Moore-on” (follower). Matt Hardy would receive the most amount of success in his wrestling career during his stay on Smackdown, but he later disbanded the stable and returned to RAW in order to be able to travel and work with then his girlfriend Lita, who just returned from an injury. He turned on Lita, in kayfabe, on his first night back after teasing a proposal to her. Matt Hardy would once again see little time on RAW, but would later turn face by engaging in a rivalry with then heel, Kane. Lita was also involved in the storyline, and Matt Hardy took time off after a chokeslam from Kane off the stage during Lita and Kane’s wedding.

Hardy and Lita were an off-screen couple for six years and used to share a home in North Carolina. However, reports of Lita’s pictures being removed from Hardy’s website caused much speculation. Their relationship came to an end in late February 2005 (according to Matt’s official website) due to Lita’s affair with fellow WWE superstar Edge.

 Release and independents (2005)
Along with his friend Rhyno, Matt Hardy was released by WWE on April 11, 2005. His release was confirmed publicly by WWE.

Edge and Lita received jeers from the crowds at WWE events, sometimes resulting in chants, “You screwed Matt,” and, “We want Matt.” Paul Heyman, in a shoot promo, mocked Edge for his actions at One Night Stand 2005. Lita, for the first time in over five years, turned heel as a result of the affair becoming public knowledge.

Matt Hardy released two character promotional vignettes, that he was planning to use before he was offered a new contract by WWE. Hardy called himself The Angelic Diablo with the tagline “the scar will become a symbol” in reference to the way in which he has been treated by Lita and WWE.

On the June 20, 2005 edition of RAW, during the storyline wedding of Edge and Lita, Matt Hardy’s entrance music and video were played when the priest asked if anyone had a reason why Edge and Lita should not be wed. On the July 11, 2005 episode of RAW, Matt Hardy made his return, attacking Edge as he made his way to the ring. On the July 13, 2005 edition of WWE’s webcast Byte This!, which featured Lita as its guest, one of the callers was Matt himself. The two engaged in a huge argument which led to Lita walking off the set.

Matt appeared at a scheduled Ring of Honor (ROH) event on July 16, 2005 in Woodbridge, Connecticut where he defeated Christopher Daniels via submission. Hardy also cut a brief promo where he continued in full ‘worked shoot’ mode, attacking WWE and John Laurinaitis. Following his official return to WWE, Hardy was met with a backlash that saw him get booed out of the arena at another ROH event following a match with Homicide, which Hardy won. The next day at his final ROH appearance, he lost to Roderick Strong.

 Return to WWE (2005-2010)
On July 11, 2005 (which was also the day that his no compete clause expired), Hardy posted on thematthardy.com that he was finally “free” (as in his clause expired) and stated to the fans that they have not seen the last of Matt and that he’s got a surprise for his fans who supported him. That night on RAW, Hardy attacked Edge while Edge made his way to the ring from the backstage area. During Edge’s match with Kane, Hardy once again attacked Edge, leaving the commentators speechless during the whole ordeal. Hardy was taken out by security, but not before stating that Edge and Lita would pay for their actions, and told the fans that they could see him at Ring Of Honor. He also called out Johnny Ace as he made his way out. This caused an uproar amongst fans, who were confused and wondered if the whole thing was a work or a shoot. This repeated for the next two weeks.

On August 1, 2005, Vince McMahon came out on RAW and officially acknowledged Hardy’s return to WWE, adding that Hardy would face Edge at SummerSlam 2005. On August 8, 2005, Hardy made his in-ring return, defeating Snitsky on RAW. Seconds after the victory, Matt was attacked by Edge, and as he was being carried backstage, Matt counterattacked Edge in a locker room. On August 21, 2005, at SummerSlam, their match came to a premature end when Edge dropped Hardy onto the top of a ring post, causing him to bleed heavily. The referee ended the match on the grounds that Hardy couldn’t continue, and Edge was declared the winner. After SummerSlam, the two continued fighting on RAW, including a Street Fight that resulted in both men falling off the stage into electrical wires after Matt applied a Side Effect to Edge. At Unforgiven 2005 Edge faced Matt Hardy in a steel cage match. Hardy, despite Lita’s interference, won the match with a leg-drop off the top of the cage.

Hardy and Edge faced each other at WWE Homecoming in a Loser Leaves RAW ladder match. Edge’s briefcase holding the contract for his WWE World title shot was suspended above the ring. The winner of the match got the contract and the loser was forced to leave RAW. After a contentious match, Edge tied Matt’s arms in the ropes, and Lita trapped Hardy in a crucifix hold, leaving Matt only able to watch Edge win. When the match ended, Edge and Lita gloated over the victory, but Matt took it in stride and left the arena. With his defeat at the hands of Edge, Hardy was moved back to SmackDown!. He re-debuted with a win over Simon Dean on October 21, 2005, in Reno, Nevada.

Matt was among five SmackDown! superstars – along with Christian, JBL, Rey Mysterio, and Hardcore Holly to be voted on by fans to compete at Taboo Tuesday 2005 against Edge and Chris Masters. Hardy led the voting with 31% overall, and along with Rey Mysterio (29%), defeated Chris Masters and Snitsky, who filled in for Edge when he legitimately suffered a torn pectoral muscle (which was kayfabed to Edge “not caring” about Hardy or Mysterio, the fans, or the RAW brand).

Back on SmackDown! Hardy started a program with MNM (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury) and their manager Melina when Melina approached Hardy, seemingly wanting Hardy to join with her team. Hardy refused the offer, which led to him facing the then tag team on several occasions with a variety of partners. One of his partners, The Road Warrior, brutally attacked him after they were defeated – sick of “pulling all the weight in tag teams”. The Road Warrior and Hardy feuded for a while after this, with Hardy picking up several wins over the veteran, including a qualifying match for the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 22.

Hardy next competed in the SmackDown! King of the Ring 2006 tournament, losing to eventual winner Booker T in the opening round thanks to a low blow and distraction from Sharmell. Matt Hardy also became the first man to defeat Mr. Kennedy. On July 25, after the SmackDown! taping, Hardy was taken out of action after doctors found the remnants of the staph infection that had plagued him the previous year. He was sidelined until August 25 while he healed.

Hardy made a surprise appearance backstage at Unforgiven 2006 after Jeff’s match against Johnny Nitro. Lita joined the two in the segment, making this the first time the three had been seen together on WWE television since February 2003. Matt Hardy then began a rivalry against Gregory Helms not too much later which saw both winning over each other time and time again. Then at No Mercy, in both of their hometowns of Cameron, North Carolina, Matt Hardy would beat Helms to gather a big win raising his singles career. The two would meet again once more later at Survivor Series. On the November 21, 2006 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Matt and Jeff competed in a match together for the first time in almost five years. They had their old titantron video and entrance music, and defeated the Full Blooded Italians. At Survivor Series 2006, the Hardy Boyz were matched to go with CM Punk as part of Team DX vs Team Rated-RKO (which included Edge, Randy Orton, Johhny Nitro w/ Melina, Mike Knox and Gregory Helms) in a traditional co-captains match. Team DX won by case of a shut out, last eliminating Orton for the win. At December to Dismember 2006, the Hardy Boyz issued an open challenge to any tag team who wanted to face them. MNM answered their challenge by reuniting at December to Dismember, but ultimately lost to the Hardy Boyz. At Armageddon 2006, Matt & Jeff competed against Paul London and Brian Kendrick, MNM, and Dave Taylor and William Regal in a fatal-four-way Ladder Match but lost. Subsequently, he and Jeff feuded with Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro after the legit incident where they injured Mercury’s face at Armageddon 2006. It became a bitter long term rivalry. At the 2007 Royal Rumble Matt & Jeff defeated MNM. Mercury and Matt would continue to feud throughout February. The feud ended in March when Mercury was released from WWE. However, before Mercury’s release, Matt defeated him to earn a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23, which was ultimately won by Mr. Kennedy.

The next night on RAW, the Hardys competed in a 10-team battle royal for the World Tag Team Championship. They won the titles for the sixth time after last eliminating Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. After briefly feuding with Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, the Hardys retained their World Tag Team Championships in their first title defense at Backlash 2007. The Hardys would continue their feud with Cade and Murdoch, once again retaining the Tag Team Championship at Judgment Day 2007. During his latest title reign, Matt has also been competing on Smackdown! as a singles competitor picking up victories over Booker T and Mr. Kennedy. On the June 4 edition of RAW Matt and Jeff lost the World Tag Team Championships to Cade and Murdoch.

On the July 6 edition of SmackDown!, Matt Hardy won a non-title match against Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP), which resulted in a feud between the two. Hardy was unable to defeat MVP at The Great American Bash for the WWE United States Championship. MVP then claimed that he was “better than Hardy at everything”, which led to a series of contests between Hardy and MVP, such as a basketball game and an arm wrestling contest. MVP then challenged Hardy to a boxing match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, however MVP was legitimately diagnosed with the heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Since MVP was unable to compete, Hardy faced his replacement, former world champion boxer, Evander Holyfield. The match ended in a no-contest after MVP entered the ring to verbally abuse Holyfield, who then knocked him out.

After a segment involving MVP inadvertently choosing Hardy as his tag-team partner, Theodore Long promptly set up a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship which the duo were able to win, therefore setting up Matt’s first reign as WWE Tag Team Champion. It is the first time Hardy has held a Tag Team championship with someone other than his younger brother Jeff.  Hardy and MVP retained the titles at the Unforgiven PPV in a rematch against former champions Deuce ‘N Domino. Hardy and MVP wrestled on the October 12th edition of Smackdown against the Brothers of Destruction.

Matt was scheduled to face MVP at Cyber Sunday, but due to a head injury sustained on the previous episode of SmackDown!, he was not medically cleared to compete.

On the November 16, edition of SmackDown!, Matt & MVP lost the Tag Team titles to John Morrison and The Miz.  Despite the fact that Matt was hurt, MVP immediately invoked the rematch clause.  After the rematch, which Matt Hardy was forced to tap out, MVP attacked Hardy, repeatedly targeting his knee. It was later confirmed by WWE.com that Matt had suffered an injury at his former partner’s hands and that he might not be able to compete at Survivor Series.  Despite his absence at the pay-per-view, his team was able to win the match.

On November 21, WWE.com reported that Matt underwent an emergency appendectomy in Tampa, Florida, and would be out of action for 1 to 3 months. A CT scan revealed an inflamed appendix after Matt was feeling extreme pain.  Later, surgery revealed that his appendix had already burst.

According to Hardy himself on his MySpace, on December 8 doctors back in North Carolina found an abscess of infection that had not been caught, and he had it drained, spending an additional several days in the hospital. Hardy made an appearance at the December 31 edition of Raw supporting his brother Jeff. However, he was (kayfabe) attacked by Randy Orton, who was making a point to Jeff. Hardy made his return at a live event in Muncie, Indiana on March 1, 2008.

On March 30, at Wrestlemania XXIV, Hardy made his televised return to WWE programming in the Money in the Bank ladder match by cutting through the crowd and preventing MVP from grabbing the briefcase. He made his official in-ring return the next night on RAW, losing a singles match to WWE Champion Randy Orton. On the April 4 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy faced MVP in a non-title match, which he won, re-igniting their feud. On April 27, 2008, Hardy defeated MVP to win the United States Championship at Backlash.

After some sporadic feuds for the title, Hardy was drafted to the ECW brand on the June 23, 2008 edition of Raw during the 2008 WWE Draft, in the process making the United States Championship exclusive to ECW. He dropped the United States Championship to Shelton Benjamin at the Great American Bash on July 20, 2008, which meant that the title returned to SmackDown. On the July 22 edition of ECW, Hardy became the number one contender to Mark Henry’s ECW Championship after defeating John Morrison, The Miz and Finlay in a Fatal Four-Way match. He won the title match at SummerSlam by disqualification due to interference from Henry’s manager, Tony Atlas, thus he failed to win the title. Due to the ending of the pay-per-view match, Hardy received a rematch for the title on the next edition of ECW, but again failed to win the title when Henry pinned him after a distraction by Atlas. At Unforgiven, Hardy won the ECW Championship during the Championship scramble, defeating then-champion Henry, The Miz, Finlay and Chavo Guerrero by pinning the Miz with three minutes left, thus making Hardy the first person in history to win a championship scramble in WWE.Hardy lost the title to Jack Swagger on the January 13, 2009 episode of ECW, which was taped on January 12.

At the 2009 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, after losing an ECW Championship rematch to Swagger, Hardy turned into a villainous character when he hit his brother Jeff with a steel chair, allowing Edge to win the WWE Championship. On the January 27, 2009 episode of ECW, it was announced by General Manager Theodore Long that Hardy had requested, and been granted, his release from ECW, and re-signed with the SmackDown brand.

On the April 13 episode of Raw, Hardy was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the WWE draft.  Two weeks later, in a rematch from WrestleMania, Hardy lost to Jeff in an “I Quit” match at Backlash, in which he broke his hand.  Hardy continued to wrestle with his hand in a cast, incorporating it into his persona and claiming that he was wrestling under protest.  At the June 22 taping of WWE Superstars, Hardy suffered an injury, when his intestines “exploded” through his abdominal wall, during a Triple Threat match against MVP and Kofi Kingston.  Hardy had suffered a tear in his abdominal muscle two years previously, but had not needed surgery until it worsened, and became a danger to his health.

He was then traded to the SmackDown brand on June 29, and underwent surgery for the torn abdominal muscle on July 2.  He made his return on the August 7 episode of SmackDown as the special guest referee in the World Heavyweight Championship match between his brother, Jeff, and CM Punk, and helped Jeff retain the championship by counting the pinfall.  The following week Hardy saved his brother when CM Punk and The Hart Dynasty attacked both Jeff and John Morrison, turning into a fan favorite again. On the August 21 episode of SmackDown, after apologizing for his past actions towards Jeff, he had his first match back after his injury when he teamed with Jeff and John Morrison to defeat The Hart Dynasty and CM Punk.

In early 2010, Hardy began an onscreen relationship with Maria; the relationship was short-lived, however, as Maria was released from her WWE contract. On the February 16, 2010 episode of ECW, it was announced that Hardy would be mentoring Justin Gabriel on WWE NXT.  On the March 5 episode of SmackDown, Hardy qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXVI by defeating Drew McIntyre, but was unsuccessful at WrestleMania, as the match was won by Jack Swagger.  Hardy was kayfabe suspended by Vince McMahon because he attacked Drew McIntyre after McIntyre lost to Kofi Kingston at Over the Limit.  He was able to get his revenge on McIntyre during the Viewer’s Choice episode of Raw when chosen as the opponent for McIntyre, with Theodore Long stating that Hardy was suspended from SmackDown but not from Raw.  On the following edition of Smackdown however, McIntyre announced per orders of Vince McMahon, that Hardy had been suspended from all WWE programming.  At Fatal 4-Way however, Hardy prevented McIntyre from regaining the Intercontinental Championship, thus continuing their feud.  On the following edition of SmackDown he was reinstated by General Manager Theodore Long and had a match with McIntyre which Hardy won. After the match, it was announced that McIntyre’s visa had legitimately expired and was sent back to Scotland, thus ending their feud.

On September 12, WWE confirmed they had sent Hardy home from a European tour. Following this Hardy began posting videos on his Youtube channel expressing his disinterest in the WWE product and insisting that he wanted to be released from the company. On October 15, 2010, WWE announced that Hardy had been released from his contract.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011)
On January 9, 2011, Hardy made his debut for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) at the Genesis pay-per-view, as part of the heel stable Immortal. He was the surprise opponent for Rob Van Dam, and defeated him to prevent Van Dam from receiving a match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, held by Hardy’s brother Jeff. In the main event, Hardy attempted to interfere in Jeff’s World Heavyweight Championship match with Mr. Anderson, but was stopped by Van Dam, which led to Jeff losing both the match and the championship. On the January 13 episode of TNA Impact! the Hardy Boyz reunited to defeat Anderson and Van Dam in a tag team match, following interference from Beer Money, Inc.. Two weeks later, Hardy suffered his first loss in TNA when he was defeated by Mr. Anderson. On February 13 at Against All Odds, Rob Van Dam defeated Hardy in a rematch.

On the following edition of Impact!, Hardy aligned himself with Ric Flair, as he turned on Fortune and jumped to Immortal. On March 13 at Victory Road Hardy was defeated by Flair’s previous protege, A.J. Styles. On April 17 at Lockdown, Immortal, represented by Hardy, Abyss, Bully Ray and Ric Flair, was defeated by Fortune members James Storm, Kazarian and Robert Roode and Christopher Daniels, who replaced an injured A.J. Styles, in a Lethal Lockdown match. On the April 21 episode of Impact!, Hardy faced Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Hardy’s first World Title match in TNA, but was defeated. The following month Hardy was granted a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship against James Storm and Robert Roode, Beer Money, Inc. While the champions looked to defend the title against the Hardy Boyz, Matt instead introduced the returning Chris Harris, Storm’s old tag team partner, as his partner for the title match. The match took place at Sacrifice, where Storm and Roode retained their title. On June 20 Hardy announced that he was taking a few weeks off from TNA. The following day, it was reported that the promotion had suspended Hardy for his repeated lateness. On August 20, Hardy was released from TNA following a DWI arrest that occurred earlier that same day.

Independent circuit (2011-present)
Hardy announced his retirement from full-time professional wrestling due to injuries on September 1, 2011. He issued a challenge to his long-time rival MVP, who was wrestling in Japan at the time, to one final match at “Crossfire Live!” in Nashville. The event was held May 19, 2012 and benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hardy won the match.

Throughout 2012, Hardy would wrestle sporadically on the independent circuit, working with promotions such as Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Syndicate and Northeast Wrestling. On September 22, 2012, Hardy defeated Sami Callihan at Northeast Wrestling’s Under the Stars event. On October 5, Hardy was defeated by Kevin Steen at Pro Wrestling Xperience’s An Evil Twist of Fate. On October 19, Hardy was defeated by Eddie Edwards at Scuared Circle Wrestling’s V2 event. On October 26, Hardy defeated Chris Masters in the Big Time Wrestling 16º Anniversary Show. On November 11, Hardy, as the masked wrestler Rhaway Reaper, defeated the Pro Wrestling Syndicate Kevin Matthews, winning the championship. On November 17, in the main event of Extreme Rising Remember November, iPPV Hardy wrestled Shane Douglas to a no contest after Luke Hawx interfered and pushed Hardy off the top rope to the floor, legitimately injuring him. At Extreme Rising’s third iPPV on December, 29 Hardy defeated Sabu. On February 9, 2013 Hardy lost the Pro Wrestling Syndicate Championship back to Kevin Matthews.

On January 15, 2013, Hardy announced the return of OMEGA in Durham, North Carolina the main event featured Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, James Storm and Shane “Hurricane” Helms defeating Lodi, Gunner, Steve Corino and C.W. Anderson. On February 16, at Family Wrestling Entertainment’s No Limit, Hardy wrestled a TLC match for the FWE Heavyweight Championship against the champion Carlito and Tommy Dreamer, but he was defeated. On October 12, Hardy defeated C.W. Anderson to advance in the finals of the OMEGA Heavyweight Championship tournament. After the match, Willow would appear saving Hardy and the rest from an after match beatdown. On November 9, 2013, Hardy and Devon defeated Homicide and Eddie Kingston at House of Hardcore 3. On November 30, 2013, at WrestleCade, Hardy defeated Carlito to become the first ever WrestleCade Champion. On December 28, at Extreme Rising Unfininished Business iPPV, Hardy was defeated by Luke Hawx in a steel cage grudge match, ending their year-long feud.

On April 26, 2014, at OMEGA Chaos in Cameron The Hardys defeated The Briscoe Brothers. On May 3, 2014, following a match between Christian York and Drolix, Hardy defeated Drolix to become the new MCW Heavyweight Champion. On June 14, 2014 at House of Hardcore 6, Hardy defeated Tommy Dreamer and Carlito in a three-way TLC match. At Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Shane Shamrock Cup, Hardy defeated Luke Hawx in a TLC match for Hardy’s MCW Heavyweight title and Hawx Extreme Rising World title. Hardy won the match, but he gave back the title to Hawx. On October 4, Hardy lost the MCW Heavyweight Championship back to Drolix, following outside interference from Kevin Eck. On November 1, 2014, Hardy made his debut for the Japanese Wrestle-1 promotion, losing to Seiya Sanada in a three-way match, which also included Tajiri.

On February 9, 2015, Hardy appeared on FWE’s “No Limits 2015” iPPV, challenging Drew Galloway for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated.

On November 21, 2015, Hardy won the OMEGA Heavyweight Championship for the second time, defeating former student Trevor Lee. Following this, Hardy (upon regaining the TNA World Title as part of his villainous egotistical “Iconic” gimmick) began proclaiming himself to be the only world champion that matters, and the only “true” world champion in wrestling, as he held both the TNA and OMEGA Championships, which (according to him) put him above any other promotions’ world champions.

On November 28, 2015, Hardy lost the WrestleCade Championship to Jeff Jarrett at WrestleCade IV in Winston-Salem, NC after taking two guitar shots to the head, which opened a six-inch gash on his head, which later required 38 stitches to close. Hardy regained the Wrestlecade Championship in a triple-threat cage match against Jarrett and Ethan Carter III in Hickory, NC on May 20, 2016.

In 2016, Hardy would defend the TNA and OMEGA Titles jointly at OMEGA events as part of his “only true world champion” gimmick.

He was scheduled to appear at the #DELETEWCPW event for WhatCulture Pro Wrestling (WCPW) in Nottingham, England on November 30. On the night, Hardy, billed as “Broken” Matt Hardy, lost a no-disqualification match to Bully Ray, with Ray proposing the no-disqualification stipulation at the last minute, and Hardy accepting there and then.

Return to ROH (2012-2014)
On September 11, 2012, ROH announced that Hardy would be returning to the promotion, with his first appearance being at Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency. At the pay-per-view, Hardy confronted Adam Cole and challenged him to a match for the ROH World Television Championship, thus establishing himself as a babyface character. On December 16 at Final Battle 2012: Doomsday, Hardy defeated Cole in a non-title match.

At the following iPPV, 11th Anniversary Show on March 2, 2013, Hardy joined the villainous S.C.U.M. stable. On April 5 at the Supercard of Honor VII iPPV, Hardy unsuccessfully challenged Matt Taven for the ROH World Television Championship in a three way elimination match, which also included Adam Cole. On June 22 at Best in the World 2013, Hardy defeated former S.C.U.M. stablemate Kevin Steen in a No Disqualification match to become the number one contender to the ROH World Championship. Hardy received his title shot at the following day’s Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, but was defeated by the defending champion, Jay Briscoe. Later that same day, S.C.U.M. was forced to disband after losing a Steel Cage Warfare match against Team ROH. On December 14, 2013 at Final Battle 2013, Hardy defeated Adam Page in a singles match, later on in the main event Hardy aided Adam Cole in retaining his title and forming a tag team with him.

After Hardy’s client Adam Cole defeated Jay Briscoe to become the Undisputed Ring of Honor World Champion, Cole presented Jay Briscoe’s custom made world championship belt (Briscoe claimed to still be the Ring of Honor champion as he forfeited the title due to injury and never officially lost it) to Hardy as a show of appreciation, Hardy re-branded the belt as the Ring of Honor Iconic (Innovative Creator and Originator of a New-Found Industry Champion) Championship, however, the title has not been sanctioned as an official championship by Ring of Honor. On June 22, 2014 at Best in the World, Hardy and Michael Bennett were defeated by The Briscoe Brothers in a no disqualification tag team match. In July, Hardy opted out of his ROH contract and went back to TNA.

Return to TNA (2014)

The Hardys Reunion (2014-2015)
On July 24, 2014, Matt returned to TNA as a face and reunited with Jeff Hardy to reform The Hardys. At the Destination X episode of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys were defeated by The Wolves in a match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. The next week, Matt was one of many TNA wrestlers who stopped Dixie Carter from running away from Team 3D, which led to Carter being put through a table. On the August 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, Team 3D (formerly the Dudley Boyz) challenged The Hardys to a match, which Team 3D won. At the Hardcore Justice episode of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys and Team 3D talked about a match involving themselves and The Wolves. When The Wolves were asked by the two teams, they agreed. Later that night, Kurt Angle announced all three teams would compete in a best of three series for the TNA World Tag Team Championship with the winners of the first match choosing the stipulation of the next one. The Hardys won the second match of the series on the September 10 episode of Impact Wrestling in a tables match and choose a ladder match for the third match of the series. The Hardys were unsuccessful in winning that match on the September 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, as the Wolves won that match. The Wolves then went on to pick the final match of the series to be a Full Metal Mayhem match to take place on the October 8 episode of Impact Wrestling. The Hardys were unsuccessful in that match as the Wolves won that match. On October 22, The Hardys entered a number one contenders tournament for the TNA World Tag Team Championship defeating The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and DJ Z) in the first round of the tournament. On the October 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys defeated Team Dixie (Ethan Carter III and Tyrus) in the semifinals to advance to the finals of the tournament, where they defeated Samoa Joe and Low Ki to become number one contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championship.

On the January 16, 2015 episode of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys defeated the Wolves. At the Lockdown episode of Impact Wrestling, The Hardy Boyz were defeated by The Revolution in a six sides of steel cage match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On the February 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy and The Wolves defeated The Revolution in a six-man tag team match. On March 10, 2015, TNA announced that Hardy has signed a full-time contract with the company. In March, The Hardys participated in a tournament for the vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship. On March 16, 2015, Matt and Jeff won an Ultimate X match for the titles. On May 8, 2015, Hardy vacated the TNA World Tag Team Championship due to his brother Jeff being injured.

TNA World Heavyweight Champion (2015-2016)
On June 28, 2015, Matt was among the five wrestlers who competed for the TNA King of the Mountain Championship at Slammiversary, with Jeff Jarrett ultimately emerging victorious. On the July 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy requested a world title shot against Ethan Carter III, but was denied and forced to face the Dirty Heels (Austin Aries and Bobby Roode) in a handicap match, which he lost. On the July 22 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated Roode in a Tables match to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On the August 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy got his shot at the title against EC3 in a Full Metal Mayhem match, but failed to win the title. On the August 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated Tyrus. On the September 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy got another shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against EC3, but again failed to win the title; as part of the storyline, Jeff Hardy was forced to act as Ethan Carter’s personal assistant. On the September 30 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy was added to the Ethan Carter III vs. Drew Galloway main event match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory after he and Galloway defeated Carter and Tyrus, making it a three-way match, following which Jeff, who EC3 had just “fired” in the previous episode, was revealed to be the special guest referee. On October 4 at Bound for Glory, Matt won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by pinning Galloway, making Hardy the third man in professional wrestling history to win the ECW Championship and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship since Rob Van Dam and Lashley. However, EC3 filed an injunction (kayfabe) that banned Hardy from appearing on Impact Wrestling for a month, which forced Hardy to relinquish the title in order to stay on the show. However, Hardy has been participating in the TNA World Title Series for the vacant title. He qualified to the round of 16 by defeating Davey Richards, Robbie E and Eddie Edwards. He then advanced to the round of 8 by defeating the King of the Mountain Champion Bobby Roode and then to Jessie Godderz to continue his winning streak. The semifinals and finals were held on the January 5, 2016, live episode of Impact Wrestling during its debut on Pop TV, in which he defeated Eric Young to advance to the final round. Hardy faced EC3 in the TNA World Title Series finals, but lost the match via pinfall.

Hardy won the TNA World Title from EC3 on the January 19, 2016 episode of Impact Wrestling, becoming the first man to defeat him in a one-on-one match in TNA. During the match a double turn took place; Hardy turned heel after Tyrus betrayed EC3. The following week on Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy had confronted him about last week and issued a challenge to Matt for the World Heavyweight title in the main event and Matt accepted. However, later before the main event could begin, Eric Young and Bram would attack Jeff from behind. Kurt Angle would then come out to try save Jeff and Matt would have Tyrus attack Angle from behind. While Matt watched from the ramp, Young hit Jeff with the Piledriver off the apron through a table. The following week, he successfully retained his title against Kurt Angle. At Lockdown, he retained his title in a Six-side of steel match against Ethan Carter III, with the help of Rockstar Spud. He lost his title against Drew Galloway, after a match featuring EC3 and Jeff Hardy.

The Broken Hardys and Second Departure (2016-2017)
Two weeks later, he had his title rematch, but again in a losing effort. Angry with Jeff for it, he wanted an I Quit Match and had it after defeating Jeff and Drew Galloway in a tag team match with Tyrus. At the main event, an I Quit Match, the match eventually ended up in a no-contest as both Matt and Jeff were badly injured and Matt was taken out to the hospital on a stretcher, ending the show.

Hardy returned on May 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, revealing himself to be one of the impostor Willows behind the attacks on his brother Jeff. He would later attack Jeff during that episode’s main event, pushing him off the turnbuckle when he was attempting the Swanton Bomb on Mike Bennett. In the following weeks, Hardy would debut a new persona as a disheveled man with a strange accent, blaming Jeff (who he began to refer to as “Brother Nero”, Nero being Jeff’s middle name) for breaking him. At Slammiversary Matt was defeated by Jeff in a Full Metal Mayhem match. Matt was also defeated by Jeff in a Six Sides of Steel match on the June 21 edition of Impact Wrestling. On the June 28 episode, Matt challenged Jeff to a final battle with the Hardy brand on the line, to take place at their home in Cameron, North Carolina the next week, ending with Matt attacking Jeff. On the July 5 episode, Matt defeated Jeff in the match (dubbed “The Final Deletion”) to become sole owner of the Hardy brand, forcing Jeff to drop his last name and become referred to as “Brother Nero.” On August 11, Matt caused Brother Nero to snap and declare he is also “broken”. On the August 18 episode of Impact Wrestling, Matt and Brother Nero defeated The BroMans, The Tribunal, and The Helms Dynasty in an “Ascension To Hell” Fatal Four Way #1 Contender’s Ladder Match for an opportunity to challenge Decay for the TNA World Tag Team Championships. Throughout the following weeks, the Hardys would feud with Decay, and, on September 8, faced Decay in a match held at the Hardy compound dubbed “Delete or Decay”, where Brother Nero would again sacrifice himself to save Matt from Abyss. Thanks to Brother Nero’s sacrifice for which Matt was grateful, Hardy was able to confront Rosemary and prevent his son Maxel from being abducted, thus turning him face once again in the process. At Bound For Glory, “Broken” Matt Hardy and Brother Nero defeated Decay in what was dubbed “The Great War” to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships for the second time. On the October 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, they successfully defended their titles against Decay, in a Wolf Creek match.

On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, after the Hardys successfully defended their Tag Team titles against The Tribunal, Matt and Brother Nero were attacked by the masked trio known as The DCC. He would later suffered (kayfabe) amnesia after being knocked off a forklift by one of the DCC members. On the November 24 episode of Impact Wrestling, he was struck by lightning, and regained his memory. On the December 1 episode of Impact Wrestling, Matt returned to the ring, ambushing the DCC by using their entrance theme; he would accept the DCC’s title challenge. The Hardys faced Bram and Kingston, and Matt would pin Kingston to retain the tag team titles for him and his brother. At Genesis, The Hardys retained their titles against the DDC and Decay in a three-way tag team match. It was around this time that The Hardys would begin a storyline where they would teleport to different promotions and win that promotions tag team championship gold, which was referred to by Matt as their “Expedition of Gold”.

On February 27, 2017, Hardy announced that both he and Jeff had finally left TNA, following years of speculation, with their contracts expiring that week. Though the two sides were reportedly close to a contract agreement, talks began to break down and changes in management prompted their departure from the company. The TNA World Tag Team Championships were vacated due to the Hardys’ departure and was explained on TNA television in a segment where The Hardys would teleport to their next Expedition of Gold destination, but a technicality resulted in them disappearing and the belts appearing in the arms of Decay.

Second Return to ROH (2016-Present)
On December 2, 2016, Hardy returned to ROH for the second time while still under contract with TNA, appearing at the promotions Final Battle pay–per–view show as Broken Matt, where a video message showed him addressing The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe).

On March 4, 2017, in the same week that both Matt and Jeff were released from TNA, The Hardys defeated The Young Bucks in an impromptu match at ROH’s 2017 installment of the company’s Manhattan Mayhem show series to become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions for the first time (which makes Matt the only professional wrestler in history to have held WWE’s World Tag Team Championship, WWE Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, TNA World Tag Team Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship). Moments after winning the titles, Hardy announced in a post–match promo that both he and Brother Nero (Jeff) had signed “the biggest ROH contracts in (the company’s) history”. It was later confirmed that the contracts were short-term, only for the “immediate future”. On March 10, The Hardys successfully defended the ROH World Tag Team Championship for the first time at ROH’s 15th Anniversary pay–per–view show against The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) in a three–way Las Vegas tag team street fight match. Prior to the event, the Hardys had been sent a legal threat by Impact Wrestling regarding the use of the Broken Matt and Brother Nero gimmicks, resulting in the two using the names anyway. The following night on March 11, The Hardys (not billed but using the Broken gimmicks anyway) once again retained the titles, this time against The Briscoes at a set of Ring of Honor Wrestling television tapings.

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