Matt Hardy has offered an insight into why Vince McMahon doesn’t like Superstars winning in their hometown.
For a number of years it has become something of an unspoken rule that in WWE, Superstars aren’t allowed to win in their hometown. It’s an issue which has often intrigued and infuriated sections of the company’s fanbase in equal measure.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the former WWE star has offered an insight into the thought process behind the controversial philosophy. Furthermore, Hardy explained that the policy cost he and his brother Jeff a Tag Team Title victory more than two decades ago.
Heading into SummerSlam 2000, The Hardy Boyz were all set to dethrone World Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian. However, there was one small problem. The event was set to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Hardy Boyz hometown. The tag team legend explained that Vince McMahon felt it would be too obvious for the brothers to win on home turf.
“Well, that was supposed to be our big win, and then he said, ‘Well, it’s too predictable. Everybody in that venue is going to know you’re going to win, and they’re expecting you to win. So I don’t want to do that. Let’s do it the next show.’
I think sometimes it’s a good thing, especially when you have babyfaces that are over that have been in this long rivalry and the fans want to be rewarded with this proper payoff, I would have loved to have had the win there. I think that’d been the time to do the win and also be the champions. Also to change the history of the TLC matches a little bit.
But Vince is a big advocate of, ‘If you’re over as a babyface, there are times where you don’t need to win, it doesn’t make a difference,’ and that that’s kind of how we were looked at Yeah, we didn’t ever have to win in those environments, because we were so beloved in so many ways. I think there is some merit to that argument. Yeah, there is some merit to it too.
But then like, you know, when, if you want people to look at wrestling as a serious competition, even though it’s entertainment, I think there are times where you have to pull the trigger and you have to give an act even if they’re still gonna be popular, whether they win lose or draw, you gotta give them that respect and show them that win and let the people know like, Oh, these guys really are winners. So I’m glad to support them.’”
Meanwhile, it has recently been announced that the Hardy Boyz will reunite at Big Time Wrestling on Sunday, March 12th.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.