Matt Hardy Discusses Leaving WWE, Jeff Hardy, AEW's Direction, The Young Bucks & more

-- Matt Hardy recently sat down with Mike Johnson of where he talked about a number of topics, including leaving WWE, the appearance of The Young Bucks on last week's episode of "Free the Delete" as well as a hint on what's to come. Here are some excerpts:

On the decision to leave WWE:

"I mean I was determined if I didn't get my dialogue and I didn't get my creative concerns addressed, I was going to leave. I just determined that. And it was like, I worked to do it and I have to talk about how great all the WWE people were and they treated me great while I was there, very professional, took great care of me. And even dealing with everyone with the Mark Carranos and the Triple Hs and everybody else, they were great all the way out. It's like I didn't want to leave, but I had to leave that creative process."

On going in a different direction than brother Jeff Hardy

"I think in some ways for me it's a good thing for me because it's going to allow me to focus solely on me because even I think coming back to the WWE, there's still that mindset. I really believe when you're Vince McMahon, when you look at Edge and Christian, Edge was always the guy, the bigger name of the two. When you look at Matt and Jeff, Jeff was always the guy that was the bigger of the two. I felt like I even got some of that whenever I returned to WWE and it's like I'd worked really hard to stand out on my own while I was away from WWE. So I think it's going to be good and I'm very excited about either sinking or swimming on my own, whenever I do something and go outside. The main thing I want for Jeff is just for him to be healthy and happy and to be good and to be around for as long as possible and enjoy life."

His thoughts on AEW

"I mean they're definitely listening to the diehard voice a lot more strongly than a WWE is right now. And you kind of get that because the WWE is much more corporate, a much more globally stretching and sprawling company. But AEW, they're doing a great job of keeping people guessing. They'll lay something on the table, but then there's so many different directions you could go and you're not sure of it. And the Exalted One is another example of that, for instance….But I think with AEW, they're really paying attention. They're listening to the fans and they're also doing the most important thing that I think you can do in wrestling in this day and age, be unpredictable. But still they do things that are unpredictable. But when it's all said and done, it makes sense….and that's what's very important because these fans, I think we're serving two masters in this day and age. You have the casual fans that watch something for like, okay, this is this guy and he has an issue with this guy and they're fighting over it. And then eventually they're going to end up having a match, whatever. And this is their characters, he's good, he's bad, whatever. And then there's other guys that are more diehard fans that watch it and go, "Okay, well I know that Matt Hardy is this character and he is feuding right now with this Kenny Omega character. So Hmm, what are they going to do? And I think they'll produce a great match. No, they're not going to do this." And they're over analyzing it because they're looking at it from a booking standpoint, like these are two characters that someone is pulling the strings on. I think we're serving kind of both those masters and I think AEW does a good job at walking the line and kind of serving both."

The Young Bucks appearing on Free the Delete

"It was very cool. I mean it had just been done recently and no one knew about it and bam, it really did. The reaction to that stuff was just insane. I mean that video is trending number two on YouTube worldwide, which is crazy. My wife was going, "I don't think you understand like what artists do to get a video like this to have it just talked about," and going on. So it was very cool that it had that kind of momentum and the next Free the Delete...that should drop this Wednesday. And basically I'm trying to get the Bucks to save me. "

"Obviously my essence, which is people, when I reference Zenith, that's almost like my soul or my essence and from the injury and TNA where Jeff did the Swan town off the top of the zone of impact and he broke my brain and unlocked part of it where I could be aware of where my soul and track it was for the 2000 years it's been in existence, that soul Zenith is been infected by abomination which is if you watch the story it's kind of like what originally spun Sister Abigail and it has a couple other things rolled into it. Ken again is in there as well. This is like taking over Zenith and it HAS slowly killed it. I'm going to see if the Bucks can save me or if they cannot save me, and that's going to be the next episode and that should be Wednesday."

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