AEW's Matt Hardy: Why I've Preferred Being A Heel In The COVID-19 Pandemic Era
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Matt Hardy says he has preferred working as a heel during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the nature of how fans have engaged with the product.
Hardy debuted in All Elite Wrestling at the start of the Pandemic last year, as 'Broken' Matt, but quickly switched his iteration to 'Big Money' Matt Hardy.
Hardy believes, with the feedback coming courtesy of social media rather than from live crowds, it is more interesting to be a heel and it's a role he thinks his legacy makes very natural for him.
Speaking on Down For The Count, Hardy said: "With the current audience, especially during the pandemic era, the majority of the feedback that we get from fans is from social media and the diehard fans. With those fans, I prefer being a heel.
"I'm in a place in my career where physically I try and minimize and work smarter and streamline what I do in the ring. AEW has an incredible roster and most of them are young and can do these amazing things. Being an older guy, I am more about telling a story than displaying a ton of high-flying moves. I think that puts me in a better category as a heel.
"I prefer to do that kind of work and brag about my legacy. It's very easy as a heel to tap into some of my real-life experiences and real-life history and accomplishments and brag about how great I am and am still able to 'go' almost 30 years into my run."