FULL NAME: Matthew Moore Hardy
BIRTHDATE:September 23, 1974
WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
HOMETOWN: Cameron, NC
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: OMEGA Heavyweight Champ, OMEGA Tag Team Champ w/ Jeff, Tag Team Champ(5) with his brother Jeff, Hardcore Champ(1), European Champ (1), WCW Tag Team Champ (1) w/ Jeff.
FINISHING MOVE: Twist Of Fate
THE NEW ERA OF MATT HARDY.....MATTITUDE! The New Era of Matt Hardy began on August 12, when he gave his brother a Twist Of Fate in the ring, and walked away. Not only did he walk away from Jeff, he walked away from RAW, and he walked away from the Matt Hardy that everyone knew. Being in a tag team was no longer enough for Matt. The Hardyz had done everything a tag team could possibly do. Matt wanted to break away from the monotony, and shine on his own.
On Smackdown! we're seeing a more confident Matt, to the point where he is downright arrogant. Nonetheless, he is making it big on his own, and that's what it's all about. This heel turn has done wonders for him. He is now going toe to toe with the biggest names in the business, and is finally getting the air time that he deserves. His microphone skills have drastically improved since going to Smackdown! He is now cutting some of the best and no doubt funniest promos we've heard in a while.
"The reason I have dubbed myself Matt Hardy: Version 1, is because fans are now seeing the true Matt Hardy and not just an extension of Matt as part of a tag team. Tag teams are known as two guys with a shared personality. Now, fans are seeing a personality so strong and pure that they are experiencing the true version of Matt Hardy. Before people saw just a piece of Matt Hardy, now they are getting the pure Matt Hardy: Version 1." -Matt Hardy
MATT'S BIO FROM WWE.COM
The Hardy Boyz forever inscribed their names in the annals of World Wrestling Federation History with their breathtaking performance in the Ladder Match at 1999 No Mercy Pay-Per-View, when they defeated Edge and Christian to win the finals of the Terry Invitational Tournament. At a tag team, Matt and Jeff Hardy undoubtedly will go down as the most breathtaking combination in Federation history. However, it's their talent as individuals that have bonded the brothers into such a cohesive unit.
Growing up, both Matt and Jeff were fans of the legendary Fabulous Freebirds. Shortly after Matt, and offensive linemen, a tightend and defensive end for Cameron N.C.'s Union Pines High School, began his Federation career in 1997 as a single competetor. Soon thereafter, he and Jeff aligned themselves with Michael Hayes. It was under the tutelage of the former Freebird that the Hardyz upset the Acolytes to Capture their first Tag Team Championship on June 29, 1999 - in Fayetteville, N.C., about an hour of hometown Cameron.
Though Matt and Jeff are four-times Federation Tag Team Champions, Matt has enjoyed some success as a single competitor. On April 24, 2000, The Hardys' Carolina magic worked again as Matt upset Crash Holly to win the Hardcore Championship in Raleigh, N.C.
As dynamic and hardcore Matt has proven to be in the ring, he is very intelligent outside the ring, as well. If not for a career in the World Wrestling Federation, Matt says he'd resume his pursuit of a degree in engeneering. Whether he's competing in a classic ladder match with his brother Jeff, battling in a hardcore match, or aspiring to build a 100-story building, Matt Hardy approaches each challenge with the same heart and desire which has gotten him to where he is today.
The brothers have since gone their separate ways. Recently on RAW, Matt, jealous that Jeff got a shot at the Intercontinental Championship, turned on his brother, costing him the match. Matt completely severed ties between the two when he jumped to SmackDown! shortly after.
MATT'S FAVORITE THINGS:
FAVORITE BAND: Pearl Jam
FAVORITE PLACE IN NC : Carowinds Theme Park
BIGGEST THRILL IN LIFE:Working full time for the WWE
PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam singer)
FAVORITE SPORT (BESIDES WRESTLING: Football
FAVORITE ATHLETES: Shawn Michaels and Michael Jordan
FAVORITE TV SHOW: The only show I watch is Raw is War
HOBBIES: Putt-Putt golf and watching old wrestling tapes
FAVORITE FOOD: Grilled chicken breast, baked potato and salad
FAVORITE FAST FOOD: Big Mac
FAVORITE ACTOR: Christian Slater
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Sara Michelle Gellar
FAVORITE MOVIES: Heathers, Powder and the Crow
IF I COULD HAVE DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY I WOULD HAVE: tried just a little bit harder
SECRET TALENT: Sewing and reading people
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: You don't stay the same. If you're not getting better, you're getting worse
FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTER: Spiderman
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: Street Fighter
behind the name
Meaning: "gift of the Lord." Practical, honest, generous. His love affairs are usually unhappy. From the Hebrew name Mattityahu. Saint Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles (a tax collector).He was supposedly the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.
Meaning: of dark color
Meaning: From a Norman surname which meant "brave, hardy" in Germanic
"Ours fans have been ultra cool and respectful when it comes to being appreciative of the chances we take in the ring."
"There are times when we're sick, hurt, depressed, or tired. It's unrealistic for people to expect us to be perfect everytime we step into the ring."
"I want to be respected, first and foremost. I would like to be respected and people to say that Matt Hardy was good and fair, and when Matt Hardy went out, he wasn't only thinking about Matt Hardy. I also want people to know that I was a good person.
The WWF doesn't build wrestlers in a factory. They have to come from somewhere."
"I want people to realize that it's not ridiculous to have a dream and try to obtain it. Go for it."
"My birthday present is being able to work with the World Wrestling Federation. I love what I do here. You kind of drop the importance of certain days - birthday and holidays. You're willing to sacrifice it if you love this business."
"Anyone who has in their mind what they want to do, if they know how they want to do it, shouldn't be dictated by what others think. Defy the odds. Believe in yourself. If you see something you want, go for it, and put your heart and soul behind it. Don't let people tell you what you can and cannot do."
"In ten years, I would like to see myself in the WWF somewhere. Not in the wrestling capacity, but maybe somewhere behind the scenes, maybe working in the WWF office somewhere."
"My life is an open book. I don't care what people know about me, because everything I do I am proud of. Nothing really bothers me what they know about me. As long as somebody doesn't invade.
You have to believe to achieve." "I am really lucky to have Jeff. He is my best friend in the whole world, not only my brother."
"I would definitely love to be in love. I now have my career in line, and it would be nice to come across someone who can be my best friend. it's not a sexual thing. The best relationships between men and women are built on friendships. Whenever I do fall in love, I will be more giving than anyone else ever could be. I feel like I have a lot of good qualities to offer someone. I would make them feel like the Queen of the World and like their birthday was every day."
"If I hadn't gotten into this business, I'd probably be an engineer. I'm sure I wouldn't have been as happy as I am now, but that's probably what I would have done."
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