It has been rumored for months now that Matt Hardy’s contract expired in March 2020. The rumors were not only true, but Hardy’s contract actually expired at the start of March.
Hardy took to his YouTube video series, Thoughts from the Throne, and announced on March 1 that he is now officially a free agent.
Matt Hardy leaving WWE
What is interesting is that Matt Hardy refused to talk bad about WWE or throw them under the bus. His complaints were the same as those by Dean Ambrose before he left to become Jon Moxley again — but he was careful with his words.
“I didn’t want to leave WWE because it is my home,” Matt Hardy said.
However, Hardy then explained why he let his contract
Matt Hardy said that he did not want to leave WWE and didn’t want to let his contract expire. However, he said that he had to leave WWE.
The reason he gave was the creative stance and his own personal outlook on his career. Hardy said he has three or four years left of his in-ring wrestling career and wants to spend it as an active competitor.
Matt said that WWE and he were not on the same page.
There were rumors recently that WWE wanted Matt Hardy to move to NXT and work behind the scenes. However, Hardy is not ready to hang up his boots yet.
If Matt Hardy wants to keep wrestling, and not lose squash matches to guys like Erick Rowan every time he gets into the ring, he needs to do it somewhere other than WWE.
Is Matt Hardy heading to AEW?
The question now is where Matt Hardy will go.
The biggest rumor is that Hardy will end up in All Elite Wrestling. He could come in as the Exalted One for The Dark Order — the mastermind leading this new cult in an attempt to run all over AEW.
Another option could be for Hardy to return to Impact Wrestling. He got a ton of creative freedom last time he was there, with his Broken Universe coming into full blossom there.
Hardy would likely get a lot more freedom in Impact Wrestling than AEW when it comes to his creative possibilities.
There is also Ring of Honor as a possibility, as Hardy has ties there and Marty Scurll is trying to rebuild it after a disappointing 2019.
The future is wide open now for Matt Hardy, and fans will just have to wait to see where he ends up next.