While surfing through twitter, I happened to come across a YouTube post from Matt Hardy entitled mission statement. It was a 49 second clip, but it made me believe in Matt Hardy again. A man who has been the workhorse of the WWE. A man who was knocked out of the Royal Rumble in under a minute, but was finger tips away from becoming Mr. Money in the Bank. The following is the mission statement from Matt Hardy:
Make sure to tune in this Friday. SmackDown. 8 o’clock PM eastern. As Matt Hardy has a special surprise for each and every one of you. … Get ready for the biggest run of Matt Hardy’s career. Period. It’s happening. If you love me, if you’ve supported me, thank you. If you hate me, then you’re going to hate me a lot more. Because 2010 is the year of Matt Hardy!
Because of what happened to Mr. McMahon at the hands of Nexus, Theodore Long was given full authority by WWE Board of Directors to lead SmackDown as he deemed appropriate. Teddy’s first order of business was to reinstate Matt Hardy back to SmackDown. As for Drew McIntyre who had been running SmackDown on his term thanks to Mr. McMahon’s letterhead, was forced into a match against the returning Matt Hardy.
When Matt Hardy was suspended from SmackDown by Mr. McMahon, Teddy Long found a loophole to set Hardy in a match against Drew McIntyre at RAW’s Viewer’s Choice because Hardy was suspended only from SmackDown, not RAW. Hardy found a moment of liberation when he defeated McIntyre on RAW, but was then suspended from all WWE programming. Soon there after, Hardy used ploys from his non-kayfabe suspension and release of 2005, by purchasing tickets to shows and then attacking McIntyre.
The match between Matt Hardy and Drew McIntyre was a culmination of so much heated rivalry both in and out of the ring. Matt Hardy is not particularly a fan of Drew McIntyre nor his push. Hardy genuinely feels that Drew has not paid his dues to be in the position that he is in. While Drew McIntyre believes that he deserves to be what McMahon said, a future World Champion.
As for the match, it was a grueling contest that told an honest in-ring story. Drew tried pummeling Hardy’s head with closed fists again, which got him fired in the first place by Teddy Long before being reinstated by McMahon. Drew even attempted to stomp Matt’s head against the steel steps, much like he accomplished in their tag team match, until Matt Hardy pulled Drew’s leg at the last possible second to send the Scotsman crashing down back-first into the steps. In a contest that could have been anyone’s match, Matt Hardy ended it with the Twist of Fate for the win.
Matt found vindication at long last with Drew McIntyre, not only defeating him, but also receiving the news from Teddy Long that Drew’s visa had expired and would be going back to Scotland. This was possibly the most important match in Matt Hardy’s career, because after living in the shadow of Jeff Hardy for so long, Matt Hardy is finally making a name for himself in the WWE. And with WWE’s newest PPV Money in the Bank next month, and seeing as Hardy is a ladder match veteran, Matt Hardy may see himself climbing to the top of the mountain as Mr. Money in the Bank. This would indeed make 2010 the year of Matt Hardy.