'It's time to go home': WWE legend announces RETIREMENT after 26 years in the ringSeptember 16, 2018
In an emotional backstage interview posted to social media, the tag team icon finally addressed conjecture about his future, saying: “There’s been quite a lot of speculation for quite a while online if I’m going to be wrestling again or not and WWE fortunately allowed me to fulfil all my advertising commitments.
“But tonight here at Corpus Christie was the last advertising commitment I had.”
Last night is most likely the last time you will see “Woken” Matt Hardy in a WWE ring.
“I have two young kids and a wife, so it’s time for me to go home”, he added.
“I have two young kids and a wife, so it’s time for me to go home”
The 43-year-old joined the sport as a teenager and after earning a WWE contract in 1998, formed one of the greatest tag-teams of all time with real-life brother Jeff – the Hardy Boyz.
He was released from his contract in 2010 but returned last year and has since teamed up with Bray Wyatt to form The Deleters of Worlds.
But following a live event in the States on Saturday night, Hardy indicated he would be walking away after reportedly struggling with a fused spine and pelvis.
The star however, appeared to leave open a return to wrestling, adding at the end: “But I say ’never say never.”
He also took time in the poignant video to thank WWE viewers and to list some of his career high points: “ I will never forget the WEE reaction we received on WrestleMania 33 – one of the greatest of my career.
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“WrestleMania 34 – it was a great moment winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royale.
“And I got to bring my creation The Ultimate Deletion to Raw, in the Main Events slot.
“There’s been a lot of cool stuff I done.”
There are suggestions Hardy will now move into a backstage role.
In August Hardy sent a cryptic tweet that fuelled rumours he may be about to hang up his wrestling boots for good after SummerSlam.
He shared a cryptic message suggesting a career change; tweeting a picture of empty hotel room corridor in the bizarre message.
He wrote: “I have spent a majority of my life in hotels.
“There is always long halls with dozens of doors in them.
“It is great symbolism for where I am at in my life and career right now.”
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