Matt Hardy has discussed a WWE storyline which would have seen him working alongside Mark Henry, and that he felt “very uncomfortable” before it was scrapped.
Originally joining WWE in 1998, Matt Hardy was seen as one of the innovators of tag team wrestling alongside his brother Jeff as they helped evolve the division during The Attitude Era. Their matches against the likes of The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian are credited for helping change the game in that area.
The pair would end up going their separate ways in 2002, with Matt Hardy heading to SmackDown and showing ‘Mattitude’ as he became the Version 1 of himself.
Speaking on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Hardy discussed a pitch which was made by WWE which would have seen him working alongside Mark Henry and the elements which made him feel “very nervous”.
There was one thing I was very nervous about doing. It didn’t end up happening but I was going to have a deal where I teamed with Mark Henry and there was talk of us working against Booker T and RVD when they were the Tag Champs and winning the Tag Titles. It was right towards the end of my Matt Hardy V1 and the whole story of what was pitched to me from Vince and creative was that I was almost going to go to Mark Henry and him being black had a lot in common with me having Mattitude because we were both oppressed then I would talk like a black person.
In the end the storyline never came to fruition, as Henry picked up an injury and was forced out of action. Hardy feels like this may have been a sign as he wasn’t comfortable being pushed in to the position.
They knew at this time, like even when John Cena was doing raps, we’d be on international trips and myself and John, we’d be freestyling back there and messing around. They knew I was a big rap fan and I was aware of all that stuff but there was a point where I was almost going to start talking with more black slang and almost tell Mark Henry like ‘Mattitude is oppressed too man, we have that in common.’
I was very uncomfortable with that then and obviously, Mark got hurt, maybe it was a sign from the Seven Deities and it didn’t happen at all. That was something I was a little worried about doing because it was something they wanted me to start and pushing me into.
Matt Hardy would go on to explain how he felt Mark Henry would have been the sort of guy to go along with the storyline if it had happened.
You can never say Mark Henry wasn’t always good for whatever. He was down for whatever, he was a company guy, down for whatever and definitely down for the ride and he would be all in on things.
It has now been confirmed that Matt and Jeff Hardy will team together once again on the independent wrestling scene, with many rumours circulating that ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ will be AEW bound after he turned down an offer to return to WWE.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.