Jim Cornette has given his take on how Jeff Hardy made his first impression with AEW, saying that the company wasted the opportunity and explained how he would have done things differently.
As Matt Hardy was in the midst of being beaten down by his former friends The AHFO on the 9th March edition of Dynamite, his brother Jeff made his much-anticipated All Elite Wrestling debut to make the save.
Speaking on The Jim Cornette Experience podcast, the much revered wrestling manager said that with the time the company had after Hardy’s contract with WWE expired, they should have done much more with the opportunity to create something special.
Matt and Jeff Hardy have been reunited in AEW to face who? The Butcher and the Baker? Private Party? One of them is hurt I think. Andrade and Jose? F*cking hell! It’s like they got 15 minutes notice. ‘Hey Jeff is going to be here, let’s do something.’ They’ve had 3 months, and they’ve wasted this. Poorly planned out and poorly laid out.
A rotten heel group and a boring angle except for Jeff’s debut, which they were going to pop for no matter what. They have reunited The Hardy Boyz to work with job guys. What was his no-compete, 90 days? They’ve had 3 months. The point is that they reunited The Hardys and they are not going to be any more over than they are right now. They won’t start off, work hard, climb the ladder and become stars, they already did that years ago.
You are now on borrowed time, you don’t need to work them up, you start them at the top because time and indifference may work them down to the bottom. They had 3 months to know that Jeff was coming and maybe time to know that he didn’t fail that f*cking drug test that WWE ran him off about. They are obviously talking to his brother because he works there.
Jim Cornette went on to explain how there was a way he would have scripted the arrival to have it make more sense and allow for the tension to build.
You can’t tell me as soon as there was an idea that The Hardy Boyz could be getting back together, that they immediately had Matt come out and tell his crew of job guys ‘I don’t know what I have been thinking. I’ve got a lot of sh*t going on that I have re-evaluated my priorities. Instead of trying to Hornswoggle you all out of priorities, I’ve got some sh*t going on with my family. I need some time to think and evaluate what I am doing and change some things. Your contracts, tear them up, you are free, fly away. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.’
Then, you’ve got several weeks for Matt to make veiled references about putting family first and how he wants to leave his legacy.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.