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Jim Ross says Broken Matt Hardy has only one chance to make the gimmick work

Broken Matt Hardy

After almost a year full of speculations and rumors, ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy finally made his WWE debut a few weeks ago and we got to see him making his in-ring debut this past Monday Night on Raw.

However, so far the character has received a mixed reaction from people and a lot of fans wonder if the gimmick will work in WWE in the longer run.

During his recent appearance on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, WWE Legend Jim Ross talked about this gimmick and said that Hardy has got only one chance to make it work:

“Matt has been around long enough and is tuned to the business in-depth enough to know where opportunities come and how fleeting they can be. He has one chance to make ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy work and he is in the process of it right now, so it has to work now because it won’t get the second reboot, in my opinion. And I’m not prophesying any failure. I like the persona because of just what [Roberts] said, he’s committed to it and it feels organic. It feels like he has had a metamorphosis of attitude, and theory, and mind, the whole nine yards.”

Apart from this, Ross also talked about how talents need to make a relationship with the Boss Vince McMahon and more.


  • Arnold Jackson

    Comedy acts don’t get Vince’s main belt unless you are Mick Foley. IC is about the height you can take this gimmick in Vince’s world.

  • MrDr3w

    I agree. It’s s familiar gimmick that went over extremely well elsewhere. So it’s hard to imagine them changing it too drastically. If they make it too different, people may lose interest and turn on it. Personally, I’m a little bit on the fence with WWE’s version because it’s still new and they haven’t really done much with it yet. But I’m waiting for them to introduce Queen Rebecca and King Maxel into the storyline. Then I’ll be all-in. Looking forward to seeing where the character goes.

  • Buzzkiller73

    I say DELETE THE WHOLE GIMMICK!!

  • HBK

    Give Matt a ic title run, or even a wwe universal down the road… bunch of guys he could fued with…if wwe plays their cards right he could be in the main event…

  • Soulshroude

    The gimmick has worked a few times.. J.R. is only discussing the WWE part of the scenario. From “Broken” to “Woken”, it’s still the same character. It worked with the fans in all the major Brands. So we KNOW it will work with the WWE. Unless of course, that Brand decides to bury him and move on. I don’t think that will happen anytime soon on the account that NERO has yet to be reintroduced as his character, and the sales are about to be through the roof. If anything, Wyatt has attached himself to the curtails of Matt because Wyatt has no better storylines… his character and persona are failing.