After just barely making weight, Hardy defeated Billy Kidman at No Way Out to win the Cruiserweight title.At Wrestle Mania XIX, he successfully defended it against Rey Mysterio.
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.
It was not until 1998, however, that the Hardy brothers were given a full-time WWF contract.
The Hardy Boyz used a cruiserweight, fast-paced high flying style in their matches, often leaping from great heights to do damage to their opponents (and themselves in the process).
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).
He kayfabe turned on Lita on his first night back after teasing a proposal to her.
Hardy spent little time on Raw and later turned face by engaging in a rivalry with Kane.
On July 5, they won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating the Acolytes, but lost it back to them a month later.