Matthew Moore Hardy (September 23, 1974) is an American professional wrestler and professional wrestling promoter, currently signed to WWE performing on the Raw brand.
Hardy is best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), later renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as well as in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) with his work as his Broken Matt character, and he has continued to use the character in every independent promotion that he has wrestled in with his real-life brother Jeff (as his "Brother Nero" character) on the independent circuit from August 2016 to March 2017.
Although Jeff was better known for his extreme moves, Hardy was a prodigious high-flier himself.
On the August 12 episode of Raw, Hardy turned against Jeff during Jeff's match against Rob Van Dam, because Hardy was frustrated at not receiving a match against Van Dam for the number 1 contendership for the Intercontinental Championship. Having now dubbed himself Matt Hardy: Version 1, and with his MF'er (Mattitude Follower) Shannon Moore in his corner, 2003 began with Hardy frantically trying to lose weight to get under the 220 lb (100 kg).
weight limit to compete for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
At Summer Slam the Hardy Boyz competed in the first ever Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, for the Tag Team Titles against the Dudley Boys and Edge and Christian, but were unsuccessful. Hardy believes that he was pushed to win the title because of Jeff winning the Intercontinental Championship, and because of the effort he put into his previous storyline with Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In 2001, after Jeff's Intercontinental Championship run, Hardy was given a singles championship push. He became the second-longest reigning European Champion in history and the longest-reigning American-born European Champion.
Lita, for the first time in over five years, turned heel as a result of the affair becoming public knowledge.
Fans began a petition on the internet, wanting WWE to resign Hardy, and amassed over fifteen thousand signatures.Matt and Jeff gained notoriety in WWE's tag team division due to their participation in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches.As a tag team wrestler, Hardy is a 11-time world tag team champion, having held six World Tag Team Championships, one WWE Tag Team Championship, ROH World Tag Team Championship, one WCW Tag Team Championship, and two TNA World Tag Team Championships (the only man to have held all the said titles).At the beginning of 2002, it seemed Team Xtreme had patched things up.After the Brand Extension, however, Hardy was relegated to Heat while Jeff wrestled on the main show, Raw. On the October 3 edition of the show, Hardy took advantage of a run-in from Brock Lesnar to defeat The Undertaker.All totaled, Hardy has won 18 championships between WWE, ROH and TNA, as well as 43 championships in his entire overall in–ring career.