Matt Hardy Talks The Differences Between WWE And AEW Creative

Bureaucracy vs. Freedom...

After it had been rumoured for months, Matt Hardy finally made his debut in AEW on this week's episode of Dynamite. At the end of the show, The Elite and The Inner Circle had a standoff as they hyped their upcoming Blood & Guts match. After Chris Jericho pointed out his opponents were outnumbered, Matt Jackson explained they weren't as he had called a friend who owed him a favour. Vanguard 1 then appeared in the ring and the camera panned to the balcony to reveal Broken Matt Hardy standing behind his allies. 

Hardy did his first interview since debuting in AEW earlier today as he was the guest on Talk Is Jericho. Among a myriad of topics, Matt discussed the differences he has noticed between AEW and WWE creative. He explained that everything was much easier in the young promotion than it was with his former employers, which was "very refreshing." He gave the example of his debut as they taped vignettes and promos after the show. To get them approved, all Hardy had to do was tell them his idea, and he was instantly told "that sounds great," which differed with WWE where every idea had to go through levels of authority before reaching Vince McMahon and finally being approved. 

Hardy said: "The one thing that I really noticed was like 'hey I'm thinking about doing this' and they're like 'that sounds great,' as opposed to like 'well we've got to ask so and so and then we have to ask so and so and he has to ask Vince.' As far as going through all those different levels of authority, it was just like 'sure, that sounds great.' You know, it made it super easy. I did some promos and vignettes at the end of the night and I was just like 'I'm thinking about saying this, does it sound cool?' And they said 'sounds cool,' and I did it. So, it was just very easy and just very refreshing just to like not have any kind of restraints on you, and to just go and be creative and do your thing and do you, because nobody does themselves better than them."

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