Profile:
  • Name: Matt Hardy
  • Real Name: Matt Hardy
  • Date of Birth: September 12, 1974
  • Hometown: Cameron, North Carolina, United States of America
  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 236 pounds
  • WWE Debut: September 27, 1998
  • Nicknames: "Version 1", "The Man Who Will Not Die"
  • Finisher: Twist of Fate
  • Career Highlights: 1-time ECW Champion, 1-time WWE United States Champion, 1-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion, 1-time WWF European Champion, 1-time WWF Hardcore Champion, 1-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Montel Vontavious Porter), 6-time World Tag Team Champion (with Jeff Hardy), 1-time WCW Tag Team Champion (with Jeff Hardy), Terri Invitational Tournament Winner (with Jeff Hardy)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Tag Team of the Year Award with Jeff Hardy (2000), Match of the Year Award with Jeff Hardy vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (2000), Match of the Year Award with Jeff Hardy vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge and Christian (2001), Feud of the Year Award vs. Edge and Lita (2005)
Biography:
Matt Hardy initially gained prominence in WWE as a tag team competitor. He dominated WWE's tag team division with his younger brother Jeff Hardy as the risk-taking high-flying duo Hardy Boyz but has since become more determined and focused as a singles competitor. He has won many major championships with the exception of the world championship and has engaged in many classic battles and rivalries against some of the top competitors in WWE and has exchanged victories with top-class wrestlers on the WWE roster. He has competed as the "Version 1" with a "Mattitude" but now he is "The Man Who Will Not Die". He has been broken, betrayed and destroyed throughout his life but now he is determined to go through every obstacle in his way to reach his goal.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1994 - 2010)
Matt Hardy initially competed in small independent promotions with his younger brother Jeff Hardy. Matt debuted in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on May 23, 1994 edition of Monday Night Raw, losing to Nikolai Volkoff in his first match. Hardy competed in WWF as a part-time wrestler with Jeff and the two competed as jobbers in both singles division and tag team division as Hardy Boyz for four years until they became full-time competitors in 1998. Hardy Boyz debuted as full-time wrestlers in WWF on September 27 edition of Sunday Night Heat, when they scored an upset victory against Kai En Tai members Shoichi Funaki and Men's Teioh. Hardy Boyz started their WWF career as babyfaces. 

On March 28, 1999 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Hardy Boyz participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. D'Lo Brown and Test won the Battle Royal. Hardy Boyz started dominating WWF's tag team division by defeating rising tag teams in WWF. On May 17 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz appointed Michael Hayes as their manager and began a rivalry with The Brood. At King of the Ring, Hardy Boyz made their pay-per-view debut, with a victory against Brood members Edge and Christian to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. 

On July 5 (taped June 29) edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz got a big break by earning an upset victory against The Acolytes to win the WWF Tag Team Championship, after Jeff Hardy used Michael Hayes' cane on Bradshaw. At Fully Loaded, Hardy Boyz teamed with Michael Hayes to defend the championship against Acolytes in a Handicap match. Acolytes won the championship. Hardy Boyz' reign ended at 26 days. Hardy Boyz turned heels by dumping Michael Hayes as their manager and formed a group with Gangrel called New Brood. 

At SummerSlam, New Brood participated in a Tag Team Turmoil match. They were eliminated by Edge and Christian. Acolytes Protection Agency won the match. New Brood began a rivalry with Edge and Christian. They participated in a Terri Invitational Tournament, a series of matches in which the winning team would win the managerial services of Terri Runnels. On September 30 edition of SmackDown!, New Brood lost to Edge and Christian in the first match, with a score of 1-0. 

On October 4 edition of Raw is War, New Brood lost to Edge and Christian in the second match of the Terri Invitational Tournament, with a score of 2-0. On October 7 edition of SmackDown!, New Brood defeated Edge and Christian in the third match, a Texas Tornado match, with a score of 2-1. On October 11 edition of Raw is War, New Brood fought Edge and Christian to a double count-out in the fourth match. On October 14 edition of SmackDown!, New Brood defeated Edge and Christian in the fifth match, with a score of 2-2. At No Mercy, New Brood defeated Edge and Christian in a Ladder match to win the Terri Invitational Tournament. As a result, New Brood won the services of Terri Runnels as their manager and a reward of $100,000. 

New Brood received standing ovation for their impressive match against Edge and Christian and the match helped the two rising tag teams to establish themselves as the future stars in the tag team division on the WWF roster. New Brood dumped Gangrel as their manager and used Terri Runnels as their manager. They turned babyfaces and renamed themselves back to Hardy Boyz. They formed an alliance with Edge and Christian. At Survivor Series, Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian competed against Holly Cousins and Too Cool in a Survivor Series match. Holly Cousins and Too Cool won the match. Hardcore Holly survived the match.

At Armageddon, Hardy Boyz participated in a Tag Team Battle Royal to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Hardy Boyz were eliminated by Acolytes Protection Agency for the win. Entering 2000, Hardy Boyz began a rivalry with Dudley Boyz, which culminated in an Elimination Tables match at Royal Rumble, which Hardy Boyz won. Hardy Boyz began their next rivalry against Edge and Christian, which culminated in a match between the two teams at No Way Out, which Edge and Christian won after Terri Runnels turned on Hardy Boyz.  At WrestleMania 2000, Hardy Boyz competed against Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian in a Triangle Ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Edge and Christian won the match.

On April 24 edition of Raw is War, Matt Hardy won his first singles championship in WWE, as he defeated Crash Holly to win the WWF Hardcore Championship by using 24/7 rule after Jeff Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Holly, right after Hardy Boyz lost a match to Holly Cousins. On April 27 (taped April 25) edition of SmackDown!, Matt defended the championship against Jeff, but Holly used the 24/7 rule to defeat Matt for the championship. Matt's reign ended at 1 day. At Backlash, Matt competed against Crash Holly, Hardcore Holly, Perry Saturn, Jeff Hardy and Tazz in a 6-man Hardcore match for the WWF Hardcore Championship. Crash retained the championship.

At Insurrextion, Hardy Boyz competed against Edge and Christian for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Edge and Christian retained the championship through intentional disqualification. On June 8 edition of SmackDown!, Matt Hardy lost to Eddie Guerrero in a qualification match for the King of the Ring tournament. At King of the Ring, Hardy Boyz competed against Edge and Christian, Too Cool and T & A in a Four Corners Elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Edge and Christian won. The following night, on June 26 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz participated in a Tag Team Battle Royal match to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Acolytes Protection Agency won the Battle Royal.

Hardy Boyz formed an alliance with Lita called Team Xtreme and began a rivalry with Trish Stratus and T & A, which culminated in a six-person tag team match between the two teams at Fully Loaded, which Team Xtreme won. The three formed a breath-taking formidable and incredible high-flying team. Lita became the manager of Hardy Boyz. At SummerSlam, Hardy Boyz competed against Edge and Christian and Dudley Boyz in the first-ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Edge and Christian retained the championship.

Hardy Boyz began a rivalry with Edge and Christian for the WWF Tag Team Championship. At Unforgiven, Hardy Boyz defeated Edge and Christian in a Steel Cage match to win their second WWF Tag Team Championship. The following night, on September 25 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz successfully defended the championship against Edge and Christian in a Ladder match after Lita interfered in the match. At No Mercy, Hardy Boyz lost the championship to Los Conquistadores, who were actually Edge and Christian in disguise. Hardy Boyz' reign ended at 28 days. The following night, on October 23 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz disguised themselves as Los Conquistadores and defeated Edge and Christian to win their third WWF Tag Team Championship.

On November 6 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz lost the WWF Tag Team Championship to Right to Censor members The Goodfather and Bull Buchanan after Steven Richards placed one championship belt on Goodfather while Jeff Hardy performed a flying move. At Survivor Series, Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz competed against The Goodfather, Bull Buchanan, Edge and Christian in a Survivor Series match. Dudley Boyz and Hardy Boyz won. Jeff Hardy survived the match. At Rebellion, Hardy Boyz unsuccessfully challenged Buchanan and Goodfather for the WWF Tag Team Championship after Val Venis delivered a Money Shot to Jeff.

Team Xtreme began a rivalry with The Radicalz. At Armageddon, Radicalz members Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn defeated Team Xtreme in an Elimination match. Dean Malenko survived the match. Hardy Boyz continued to wrestle Radicalz members in several matches throughout the rest of 2000 and early 2001. At Royal Rumble, Matt Hardy participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #3 entrant. He lasted four minutes until he was eliminated by his brother Jeff Hardy as both men eliminated each other. Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 2001 Royal Rumble.

Matt started an affair with his valet Lita as he kissed her on February 19 edition of Raw is War. Two weeks later, on March 5 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz defeated Dudley Boyz to win their fourth WWF Tag Team Championship after Christian attacked D-Von Dudley with a steel chair. Two weeks later, on March 19 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz lost the championship to Edge and Christian after Rhyno debuted in WWF and delivered a Gore to Jeff Hardy. Hardy Boyz' reign ended at 14 days. At WrestleMania X-Seven, Hardy Boyz competed against Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, a rematch from SummerSlam 2000. Edge and Christian won the championship.

On April 26 (taped April 24) edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Eddie Guerrero to win the WWF European Championship after Lita delivered a Litacanrana to Guerrero. At Backlash, Hardy successfully defended the championship against Eddie Guerrero and Christian in a Triple Threat match. At Insurrextion, Hardy Boyz competed against Edge and Christian, Dudley Boyz and X-Factor in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match. Edge and Christian won after Rhyno delivered a Gore to Bubba Ray Dudley. At Judgment Day, Hardy Boyz participated in a Tag Team Turmoil match to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. They were eliminated by X-Factor. Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho won the match.

On June 4 edition of Raw is War, Matt Hardy lost to Jeff Hardy in a qualifying match for the King of the Ring tournament. Matt began competing as a singles competitor as he defended the WWF European Championship against various challengers. He began representing WWF in war against The Alliance, a group of wrestlers from World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). On August 27 edition of Raw is War, Hardy lost the WWF European Championship to Alliance member The Hurricane after Ivory attacked Hardy with a crowbar. Hardy's reign ended at 125 days.

At Unforgiven, Hardy Boyz competed against Dudley Boyz, The Hurricane and Lance Storm, and Big Show and Spike Dudley in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Dudley Boyz retained the championship. On October 8 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz defeated Booker T and Test to win the WCW Tag Team Championship after Undertaker delivered a Last Ride to Booker. At No Mercy, Hardy Boyz successfully defended the championship against The Hurricane and Lance Storm. On October 25 (taped October 23) edition of SmackDown!, Hardy Boyz lost the championship to Dudley Boyz. Hardy Boyz' reign ended at 15 days.

On November 12 edition of Raw is War, Hardy Boyz defeated Booker T and Test to win their fifth WWF Tag Team Championship after Lita delivered a Litacanrana to Booker. At Survivor Series, Hardy Boyz competed against Dudley Boyz in a Title Unification Steel Cage match, with Hardy Boyz's WWF Tag Team Championship and Dudley Boyz's WCW Tag Team Championship on the line. Dudley Boyz won the match to unify both championships, thus disbanding the WCW Tag Team Championship.

Tensions began rising with Hardy Boyz as Matt was jealous of Jeff Hardy's association with Lita. This resulted in a rivalry between Matt and Jeff, which culminated in a match between the two at Vengeance, which Jeff won, with Lita as the special guest referee. The following night, on December 10 edition of Raw is War, Matt defeated Jeff and Lita in a Handicap match to end the rivalry. Entering 2002, Matt participated in the 2002 Royal Rumble match as the #9 entrant. He lasted four minutes until he was eliminated by Undertaker. Triple H won the Royal Rumble.

At No Way Out, Hardy Boyz participated in a Tag Team Turmoil match to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. They were eliminated by Billy and Chuck. Acolytes Protection Agency won the match. At WrestleMania X8, Hardy Boyz competed against Billy and Chuck, Dudley Boyz and Acolytes Protection Agency in a Four Corners Elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Billy and Chuck retained the championship. On March 25 edition of Raw, the WWF roster was split into two brands Raw and SmackDown!, the top two television programs of WWF. Matt Hardy was drafted to the Raw brand. Coincidentally, both Jeff Hardy and Lita were also drafted to the Raw brand.

Raw (2002)
Hardy Boyz continued to team together on the Raw brand. They began a rivalry with newcomer Brock Lesnar. At Insurrextion, Hardy Boyz defeated Lesnar and Shawn Stasiak. At Judgment Day, Hardy Boyz lost to Lesnar and Paul Heyman. On August 12 edition of Raw, Matt Hardy turned on his brother Jeff Hardy by costing him a match against Rob Van Dam because Jeff was given the opportunity to compete against RVD instead of Matt. This ended Hardy Boyz and Matt moved to the SmackDown! brand to begin a singles career.

SmackDown! (2002 - 2003)
After moving to the SmackDown! brand, Hardy turned heel on September 19 edition of SmackDown!, as he cheated to defeat The Hurricane. On October 3 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy got an upset victory against Undertaker in a Falls Count Anywhere match after Brock Lesnar delivered a F5 to Undertaker. At Rebellion, Hardy lost to Booker T. In 2003, Hardy began calling himself Version 1 and referred his attitude as "Mattitude". He used to appear in a Windows Media Player-themed entrance video. He appointed Shannon Moore as his Mattitude Follower and began trying to lose his weight to become a cruiserweight.

At Royal Rumble, Hardy participated in the 2003 Royal Rumble match as the #13 entrant. He lasted twenty-seven minutes until he was eliminated by the eventual winner Brock Lesnar. At No Way Out, Hardy defeated Billy Kidman to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship after assistance by Shannon Moore. On March 6 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy successfully defended the championship against Kidman in a rematch after another interference by Moore. At WrestleMania XIX, Hardy successfully defended the championship against Rey Mysterio. Shortly after, Crash Holly became Hardy and Moore's ally. On June 5 (taped June 3) edition of SmackDown!, Hardy lost the championship to Mysterio. Hardy's reign ended at 100 days.

On June 12 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy unsuccessfully challenged Rey Mysterio for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Hardy participated in a tournament for the newly created WWE United States Championship. He defeated Rikishi in the quarter-final round on June 26 edition of SmackDown!, and lost to Chris Benoit in the semi-final round on July 17 edition of SmackDown!. At Vengeance, Hardy participated in APA Invitational Bar Room Brawl. Bradshaw won the match. On October 9 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy began a rivalry with the rising star Zach Gowen, which culminated in a match between the two at No Mercy, which Gowen won. Hardy became inactive for a month until he moved to the Raw brand on November 17 edition of Raw.

Raw (2003 - 2005)
On November 17 edition of Raw, Hardy was introduced by Chris Jericho as the newest member of the Raw brand. Later that night, Hardy teamed with his girlfriend Lita to compete against Molly Holly and the Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff. Hardy dumped Lita for staying on the Raw brand instead of joining him on the SmackDown! brand. Hardy began costing Lita, her matches, which resulted in a brief rivalry between Christian and Hardy, which culminated in a match between the two on December 1 edition of Raw, which Hardy won after Molly Holly distracted Christian by attacking Lita. At Armageddon, Hardy was scheduled to compete against Maven but Maven was attacked by Batista, resulting in the match being cancelled.

On January 19, 2004 edition of Raw, Hardy and Christian lost to Booker T and Rob Van Dam in a qualification match for a Battle Royal to determine the #30 entrant in the Royal Rumble match. At Royal Rumble, Hardy participated in the 2004 Royal Rumble match as the #7 entrant. He lasted fourteen minutes until he was eliminated by Rene Dupree. Chris Benoit won the Royal Rumble. On April 19 edition of Raw, Hardy turned babyface by rescuing Lita from Kane. As a result, Hardy reunited with Lita and began a rivalry with Kane.

On June 14 edition of Raw, Hardy and Lita discovered through a maternity test that Lita was pregnant. Kane eventually revealed the fact that Lita was pregnant with his baby, not Hardy's baby. At Vengeance, Hardy defeated Kane in a No Disqualification match after distraction by Lita. On July 26 edition of Raw, Hardy participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Kane. Randy Orton won the Battle Royal. At SummerSlam, Hardy lost to Kane in a Till Death Do Us Part match. As a result, Lita was forced to marry Kane.

On August 23 edition of Raw, Hardy tried to rescue Lita from Kane as the two were going to have their official wedding. However, Kane delivered a Chokeslam to Hardy off the stage, thus injuring Hardy's knee. In February 2005, Hardy discovered that Lita was having a real-life affair with Edge. He decided to confront Edge on an edition of Raw but the WWE management prevented him from ruining the show, which caused Hardy to make the relationship public. As a result, he was fired by WWE on April 11. However, the WWE fans started petitions and protests against WWE to re-sign Hardy.

He competed in Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) and Ring of Honor (ROH) until returning to WWE on July 11 edition of Raw to attack Edge and Lita. He began a rivalry with Edge and Lita as he showed up again for two consecutive editions of Raw. He developed an attitude of "The Man Who Will Not Die" despite being broken, battered and betrayed and determined to fulfill his goals.

On August 1 edition of Raw, the WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon signed Hardy to a new WWE contract. At SummerSlam, Hardy lost to Edge by referee stoppage. On August 29 edition of Raw, Hardy fought Edge to a no contest in a Street Fight. At Unforgiven, Hardy defeated Edge in a Steel Cage match. On October 3 edition of Raw, Hardy lost to Edge in a Loser Leaves Raw Ladder match, with Edge's Money in the Bank contract on the line. As a result of losing, Hardy was forced to leave the Raw brand and thus ended his rivalry against Edge. Hardy moved to the SmackDown! brand.

SmackDown! (2005 - 2008)
On October 21 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy joined the SmackDown! brand as its newest member by defeating Simon Dean. At Taboo Tuesday, Hardy was voted in along with Rey Mysterio to represent SmackDown! against Raw representatives Snitsky and Chris Masters in a tag team match. Mysterio and Hardy defeated Snitsky and Masters. Hardy began a rivalry with John "Bradshaw" Layfield. At Armageddon, Hardy lost to JBL. On December 30 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated JBL in a rematch by count-out after The Boogeyman distracted JBL. The following week, on January 6, 2006 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy lost to JBL in a Falls Count Anywhere match to end the rivalry.

The following week, on January 13 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy participated in a Battle Royal for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Mark Henry. Kurt Angle won the Battle Royal. At Royal Rumble, Hardy participated in the 2006 Royal Rumble match as the #23 entrant. He lasted seven minutes until he was eliminated by Viscera. Rey Mysterio won the Royal Rumble. At No Way Out, Hardy teamed with Tatanka to accept MNM's open challenge for a future WWE Tag Team Championship opportunity. Hardy and Tatanka defeated MNM. On February 24 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy and Tatanka unsuccessfully challenged MNM for the championship after Melina grabbed Hardy's leg.

The following week, on March 3 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy competed against MNM with Road Warrior Animal as his new mystery partner. Hardy and Animal lost to MNM, which resulted in Animal turning on Hardy by attacking his injured knee. On March 17 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Animal to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match. At WrestleMania 22, Hardy competed against Rob Van Dam, Shelton Benjamin, Ric Flair, Bobby Lashley and Finlay in the 2006 Money in the Bank Ladder match. RVD won the match. On April 14 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Road Warrior Animal to end the rivalry. The following week, on April 21 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy participated in the 2006 King of the Ring Tournament. He lost to eventual winner Booker T after a distraction by Sharmell, in the quarter-final round.

Hardy began competing on Velocity as a mid-card wrestler and made few appearances on SmackDown!. At WWE vs ECW, Hardy represented WWE in a Battle Royal against wrestlers from Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Hardy was eliminated by Terry Funk and Justin Credible. Big Show won the Battle Royal. At The Great American Bash, Hardy replaced Super Crazy as Gregory Helms' opponent. Hardy lost to Helms. As a result, Hardy began a rivalry with Helms. On September 1 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Helms in a rematch. Two weeks later, on September 15 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy lost to Helms. The following week, on September 22 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Helms.

At No Mercy, Hardy defeated Gregory Helms in the state of North Carolina, the hometown of both wrestlers. On October 27 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy lost to Helms in a rematch. On November 17 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Helms to end the rivalry. On November 21 edition of ECW, Matt Hardy teamed with his younger brother Jeff Hardy to reunite Hardy Boyz as The Hardys for the first time in four years. Hardy Boyz defeated Full Blooded Italians. At Survivor Series, The Hardys, as part of D-Generation X's Team DX, consisting of CM Punk, competed against Rated-RKO's Team Rated-RKO, consisting of Gregory Helms, Johnny Nitro and Mike Knox. Team DX won. The entire Team DX survived the match.

The Hardys issued an open challenge to any tag team in the world, which was accepted by MNM. At December to Dismember, Hardy Boyz defeated MNM. At Armageddon, Hardys competed against Paul London and Brian Kendrick, MNM and William Regal and Dave Taylor in a Fatal Four-Way Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. London and Kendrick retained the championship. During the match, Mercury suffered a broken nose due to a ladder spot by Hardys, resulting in a rivalry between Matt and Mercury on SmackDown!. Entering 2007, Hardys defeated MNM at Royal Rumble. Later that night, Matt Hardy participated in the 2007 Royal Rumble match as the #4 entrant. He lasted eighteen minutes until he was eliminated by Randy Orton. Undertaker won the Royal Rumble.

At No Way Out, Chris Benoit and The Hardys defeated Montel Vontavious Porter and MNM in a six-man tag team match. On March 2 edition of SmackDown!, Matt Hardy defeated Joey Mercury to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match. At WrestleMania 23, Hardy competed against Mr. Kennedy, Edge, Randy Orton, King Booker, Jeff Hardy, CM Punk and Finlay in the 2007 Money in the Bank Ladder match. Kennedy won the match. The following night, on April 2 edition of Raw, Hardys participated in a Battle Royal for the World Tag Team Championship, the previous WWF Tag Team Championship. Hardys last eliminated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch to win the Battle Royal and their sixth World Tag Team Championship.

The Hardys successfully defended the World Tag Team Championship against Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch at Backlash and Judgment Day. Hardys eventually formed an alliance with Cade and Murdoch. At One Night Stand, Hardys successfully defended the championship against World's Greatest Tag Team in a Ladder match. The following night, on June 4 edition of Raw, Hardys lost the World Tag Team Championship to Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. Hardys' reign ended at 63 days. The following week, on June 11 edition of Raw, Matt Hardy participated in the Draft Pick Battle Royal. He was on Team SmackDown!, consisting of William Regal, Chavo Guerrero, Mark Henry and Chris Masters. He was eliminated by Randy Orton for the win.

At Vengeance: Night of Champions, The Hardys unsuccessfully challenged Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the World Tag Team Championship. On July 20 edition of SmackDown!, Matt Hardy participated in a Battle Royal for the vacated World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by the eventual winner The Great Khali. Hardy began a rivalry with Montel Vontavious Porter. At The Great American Bash, Hardy unsuccessfully challenged MVP for the WWE United States Championship. MVP and Hardy decided to participate in non-wrestling competitions, including an Arm Wrestling match on August 3 edition of SmackDown!, which Hardy won. Later that night, Hardy defeated MVP by count-out.

At Saturday Night's Main Event XXXV, Hardy was scheduled to compete against Montel Vontavious Porter in a Boxing match but MVP replaced himself with professional boxer Evander Holyfield. The match ended in a no contest when Holyfield knocked out MVP for guiding him. At SummerSlam, Hardy replaced himself with Stone Cold Steve Austin against MVP in a Beer Drinking Contest. On August 24 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy competed against MVP in a Basketball match to a no contest when Deuce 'n Domino attacked both men. The following week, on August 31 (taped August 28) edition of SmackDown!, MVP and Hardy defeated Deuce 'n Domino to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.

At Unforgiven, Montel Vontavious Porter and Hardy successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Deuce 'n Domino. On September 21 edition of SmackDown!, MVP and Hardy lost to Deuce 'n Domino. Two weeks later, on October 5 edition of SmackDown!, MVP and Hardy successfully defended the championship against Deuce 'n Domino in a rematch. At Cyber Sunday, Hardy was scheduled to compete against MVP in a match but the match could not occur as Hardy suffered a severe injury. On November 16 (taped November 13) edition of SmackDown!, MVP and Hardy lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to John Morrison and The Miz. MVP and Hardy unsuccessfully challenged Morrison and Miz for the championship in an immediate rematch. MVP proceeded to attack Hardy's injured knee.

At Survivor Series, Hardy was scheduled to compete in a Survivor Series match but he suffered an inflamed appendix and was out of action for four months. He returned to WWE on December 31 edition of Raw, where he was further injured by Randy Orton. In 2008, Hardy made his full-time return to WWE at WrestleMania XXIV, when he cost Montel Vontavious Porter, the victory in the 2008 Money in the Bank Ladder match. On April 21 edition of Raw, Hardy participated in the 2008 King of the Ring tournament. He lost to CM Punk in the quarter-final round.

At Backlash, Hardy defeated Montel Vontavious Porter to win the WWE United States Championship. On May 2 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy successfully defended the championship against MVP in a rematch. The following week, on May 9 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated CM Punk to qualify for the Championship Chase. Later that night, Hardy participated in the Championship Chase Battle Royal to determine Undertaker's opponent for the World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Montel Vontavious Porter. On June 23 edition of Raw, Hardy was drafted to the ECW brand, taking the WWE United States Championship with himself to the Land of the Extreme.

ECW (2008 - 2009)
On June 23 edition of Raw, Hardy participated in the Draft Pick Battle Royal. He was on Team ECW, consisting of John Morrison, The Miz, Chavo Guerrero and Shelton Benjamin. Hardy was eliminated by Jeff Hardy. Edge won the Battle Royal. Matt Hardy began a rivalry with Chavo Guerrero, which culminated in a match between the two for Hardy's WWE United States Championship at Night of Champions, which Hardy won. At The Great American Bash, Hardy lost the championship to Shelton Benjamin.

Hardy started to rise as a main eventer in the Land of Extreme by pursuing the ECW Championship. At SummerSlam, Hardy competed against Mark Henry for the championship. Henry retained the championship through intentional disqualification. On August 19 edition of ECW, Hardy unsuccessfully challenged Henry for the championship in a rematch after Tony Atlas prevented Hardy from pinning Henry by pulling Hardy outside the ring. On August 26 edition of ECW, Hardy defeated John Morrison in a qualification match for Championship Scramble.

On August 31 edition of Raw, Hardy participated in a Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Mark Henry for the win. At Unforgiven, Hardy defeated Mark Henry, Chavo Guerrero, Finlay and The Miz in the first-ever Championship Scramble to win the ECW Championship, thus becoming the top star of the Land of the Extreme. Hardy successfully defended the championship against Mark Henry at No Mercy and Evan Bourne at Cyber Sunday. At Survivor Series, Hardy, as a part of Batista's Team Batista, consisting of CM Punk, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, competed against Randy Orton's Team Orton, consisting of Shelton Benjamin, William Regal, Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes, in a Survivor Series match. Team Orton won. Orton and Rhodes survived the match.

Hardy began a rivalry with Vladimir Kozlov after Hardy fought Kozlov to a time limit draw as he prevented Kozlov from beating his brother Jeff Hardy's time on November 28 edition of SmackDown!, to earn a WWE Championship opportunity. At Armageddon, Matt lost to Kozlov. On January 13 (taped January 12) edition of ECW, Hardy lost the ECW Championship to Jack Swagger. Hardy's reign ended at 127 days. At Royal Rumble, Hardy unsuccessfully challenged Swagger for the championship.

Later that night, Hardy prevented Vickie Guerrero from interfering in his brother Jeff Hardy's WWE Championship defense against Edge. However, Matt turned heel by turning on Jeff as he attacked him with a steel chair and allowing Edge to pin Jeff for the championship. As a result, Matt began a rivalry with Jeff and moved to the SmackDown! brand.

SmackDown! (2009)
After moving to the SmackDown! brand, Matt Hardy began a rivalry with Jeff Hardy. On March 6 edition of SmackDown!, Matt lost to Montel Vontavious Porter in a qualification match for the Money in the Bank Ladder match. Later that night, Matt cost Jeff, a qualification match against Shelton Benjamin. At WrestleMania XXV, Matt defeated Jeff in an Extreme Rules match. On April 10 edition of SmackDown!, Matt defeated Jeff in a Stretcher match. On April 13 edition of Raw, Matt was drafted to the Raw brand.

Raw (2009)
After moving to the Raw brand, Matt continued his rivalry with Jeff Hardy. At Backlash, Matt lost to Jeff in an "I Quit" match. After the match, Matt injured his arm and began wearing a cast which he used to cheat during his matches. At Judgment Day, Matt cost Jeff, an opportunity against Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. At Extreme Rules, Matt competed against Kofi Kingston, Montel Vontavious Porter and William Regal in a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWE United States Championship. Kingston retained the championship.

On June 15 edition of Raw, Hardy participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. He was eliminated by Big Show. Triple H won the Battle Royal. On June 29 edition of Raw, Hardy was traded to the SmackDown! brand, as part of 15-wrestler trade initiated by the Raw Owner Donald Trump. It consisted of 5 wrestlers each being traded to one brand. Hardy suffered a tear in his abdominal muscle and was out of action for one month.

SmackDown! (2009 - 2010)
After moving to the SmackDown! brand, Hardy returned to WWE on August 7 edition of SmackDown! as the Special Outside Enforcer for his brother Jeff Hardy's World Heavyweight Championship match against CM Punk. Matt turned babyface by helping Jeff in defeating Punk. As a result, Matt ended his rivalry with Jeff and reunited The Hardys. The following week, on August 14 edition of SmackDown!, Hardys made their official reunion, as they teamed with John Morrison to defeat CM Punk and Hart Dynasty in a six-man tag team match.

On October 16 edition of SmackDown!, Matt Hardy lost to Eric Escobar in a qualification match for Team SmackDown! at Bragging Rights, after distraction by Vickie Guerrero. The following week, on October 23 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy, Finlay, R-Truth and Hart Dynasty defeated JTG, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Eric Escobar in a Handicap match to qualify for Team SmackDown! at Bragging Rights. At Bragging Rights, Hardy was on Chris Jericho and Kane's Team SmackDown!, consisting of Finlay, R-Truth and Hart Dynasty, against D-Generation X's Team Raw, consisting of Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston and Cody Rhodes in a fourteen-man tag team match. Team SmackDown! won.

At Survivor Series, Hardy was on John Morrison's Team Morrison, consisting of Shelton Benjamin, Finlay and Evan Bourne, against The Miz's Team Miz, consisting of Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre, in a Survivor Series match. Team Miz won. Miz, Sheamus and McIntyre survived the match. At Tribute to the Troops, Hardy and Finlay lost to Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. On December 29 edition of ECW, Hardy defeated Finlay in a qualification match for ECW Homecoming. Two weeks later, on January 12 edition of ECW, Hardy participated in the ECW Homecoming Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the ECW Championship. Hardy was eliminated by the eventual winner Ezekiel Jackson.

At Royal Rumble, Hardy participated in the 2010 Royal Rumble match as the #17 entrant. He lasted twenty seconds until he was eliminated by Kane. On February 5 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy lost to Chris Jericho in a qualification match for the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber. Following the loss, Hardy formed a short-lived tag team with The Great Khali and began an affair with Maria until Maria left WWE. On February 23, Hardy became the WWE Pro of Rookie Justin Gabriel on WWE's new reality show WWE NXT. On March 5 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy defeated Drew McIntyre to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match.

At WrestleMania XXVI, Hardy competed against Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Kane, Christian, Montel Vontavious Porter, Shelton Benjamin, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne and Dolph Ziggler in the 2010 Money in the Bank Ladder match. Swagger won the match. Hardy began a rivalry with Drew McIntyre after McIntyre delivered a Future Shock to Hardy on April 2 edition of SmackDown!, even before their match started. McIntyre injured Hardy during the vicious rivalry.

At Over the Limit, Hardy delivered a Twist of Fate to Drew McIntyre after McIntyre lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship to Kofi Kingston. On May 28 edition of SmackDown!, McIntyre got Hardy suspended from SmackDown! through a letter by Mr. McMahon. On June 7 edition of Raw, Hardy defeated McIntyre as he was suspended only from SmackDown!. On June 11 edition of SmackDown!, McIntyre got Hardy suspended from all WWE programming through his association with Mr. McMahon. At Fatal 4-Way, Hardy cost McIntyre, an opportunity for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston. On June 25 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy was reinstated to the SmackDown! roster by the SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long.

At Money in the Bank, Hardy competed against Kane, Kofi Kingston, Big Show, Christian, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler in the SmackDown! Money in the Bank Ladder match. Kane won the match. Hardy's career started to become a slump as he began a losing streak, in which he formed an alliance with Christian to feud with Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes. On September 10 edition of SmackDown!, Hardy competed in his last match in WWE, losing to Alberto Del Rio. On October 15, Hardy was released from his WWE contract, thus ending the great storied sixteen-year WWE tenure of "The Man Who Will Not Die".

Matt Hardy's WWE Photo Gallery:

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Hardy Boyz
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World Tag Team Champions
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Team Xtreme
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Lita - WWF Women's Champion & Hardy Boyz - WWF Tag Team Champions
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WWF European Champion
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Matt Hardy - WWF European Champion & Jeff Hardy - WWF Light Heavyweight Champion
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WWE Cruiserweight Champion
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Matt Hardy in WWE
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MVP & Matt Hardy
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WWE United States Champion
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ECW Champion
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Jeff Hardy - WWE Champion & Matt Hardy - ECW Champion
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