Despite widespread speculation that he had retired from in-ring competition a couple of months ago, Matt Hardy returned to action at WWE’s recent live show in Madrid, Spain.
The Broken one still hasn’t been seen on television since August, his last Raw match coming alongside Bray Wyatt in a three-way tag against The B Team and The Revival. He announced in September that he would be stepping away from the ring, an apparent retirement, although he has since clarified his position in a conversation with Lilian Garcia.
Hardy’s quote, courtesy of a report by WrestleZone, states:
‘People throw around the word retirement where typically, I guess, if someone teases that, it’s retirement, but retirement is not a word I ever said. I never said retirement. I said, “I need to go home,” and I really did. After being there for a year and a half and I worked on a full time schedule the whole time I was there and obviously I’m not a spring chicken anymore, but doing this 26 years in October, so I needed to go home. I needed to address some issues I was having with my lower back and my hips. If I can bounce back from those issues and get back in the ring and be physical, that’s great and if I can’t, we’ll do whatever we need to do on-air to figure out something entertaining for Matt Hardy.’
It therefore seems as though this is a period of testing the water for Hardy, who seems confident in remaining part of WWE’s onscreen product even if the in-ring aspect of his game becomes limited.