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Backstage News on Matt Hardy’s ‘Woken’ Character and His Creative Freedom

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Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated reports that Vince McMahon is a big proponent of Matt Hardy’s “Woken” character, which made its debut this past Monday on Raw. It was noted by one source who told Justin Barrasso that Vince McMahon is such a believer in Matt Hardy’s passion for the character that Matt Hardy will be allowed a creative license over it, with Vince McMahon seeing opportunity in the already established character.

It should be noted that the WWE Chairman does not view Matt Hardy as a top star.

Ed Nordholm, President of Anthem Wrestling which owns Impact Wrestling, still controls the rights to the “Broken Universe” which Matt Hardy created despite the fact that the The Hardy Boyz believe they have ownership of it.

There’s still a chance that Matt Hardy will eventually work out a deal with Anthem for the rights to the “Broken” character, though the two sides are not currently talking. It was also noted that Jeff Jarrett viewed Matt Hardy as more of a background act during their time with Impact Wrestling, and felt Jeff Hardy was the real star of the The Hardy Boyz.

With all of that said, it was noted that those factors are motivating Matt Hardy to prove that he can be a top star at the WWE level.

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