Matthew Hardy

Matthew Hardy

American wrestler
Date of Birth: 23.09.1974
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Matt Hardy
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Training and Early Success
  4. Rise to Fame
  5. Feuds and Championships
  6. Team Extreme and Post-WWE Career
  7. Legacy and Impact

Biography of Matt Hardy

Early Life and Career

Matt Hardy was born on September 23, 1974, in Cameron, North Carolina. From a young age, he and his brother Jeff had a dream of becoming professional wrestlers. They began their journey in the late 1980s, winning wrestling competitions in school. Their love for wrestling grew when they received a trampoline as a Christmas gift and started practicing wrestling moves they saw on television. Their idols were Shawn Michaels and Randy 'Macho Man' Savage, and they emulated their characters.

Training and Early Success

The Hardy brothers started their wrestling careers in local organizations, where they met former wrestler The Italian Stallion. Stallion became their trainer and helped them get noticed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Their debut match can be seen in the video archive of "TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs". They faced Nikolai Volkoff and Razor Ramon on an episode of RAW. Alongside their WWF journey, they also built a reputation in the independent wrestling circuit and even founded their own organization called the Organization of Modern Extreme Fighting Arts in North Carolina.

Rise to Fame

Their big break came when Triple H noticed their unique moves and suggested incorporating them into the video game "WWF Attitude". This led to more airtime for the Hardy Boyz, propelling them to stardom. They were managed by Michael "P.S." Hayes and won their first WWF Tag Team Championship on June 29, 1999, defeating Faarooq and Bradshaw. They later formed a group called the "New Brood" with Gangrel, which solidified their image and led to a legendary feud with Edge and Christian.

Feuds and Championships

The Hardy Boyz engaged in memorable feuds and matches, including the ladder match at No Mercy in 1999, which is considered one of the greatest ladder matches in wrestling history. They won and lost the tag team titles multiple times, feuded with The Dudley Boyz, and had a steel cage match against them at Unforgiven. They also had a rivalry with Right to Censor, and Matt Hardy briefly held the European Championship.

Team Extreme and Post-WWE Career

After a break from the TLC matches, the Hardy Boyz, along with Lita, formed Team Extreme. They achieved victories over top WWF stars such as Steve Austin, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Matt won the Hardcore Championship and became the first of the brothers to defend the WWF Championship in singles competition. However, in 2005, Matt Hardy was released from WWE after being involved in an incident between Lita and Edge.

Legacy and Impact

Matt Hardy is regarded as one of the best wrestlers of his generation. Despite his departure from WWE, he continued to pursue his career in other wrestling promotions. The Hardy Boyz, known as the "angels of the ring," were beloved by fans for their high-risk, daredevil stunts. They fearlessly used their bodies as weapons to defeat their opponents. Matt Hardy's departure from WWE did not mark the end of his career but rather a new chapter in his wrestling journey.