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Tony Khan explains why Matt Hardy was allowed to continue match after scary bump at All Out

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Matt Hardy took a scary bump during his match with Sammy Guevara at All Out last night (Sept. 5, 2020) in Jacksonville, when Guevara speared him off a lift and they overshot a table below, leading to Hardy hitting his head on concrete. It appeared he was out of it just after, leading to fear he suffered a concussion.

The match was called, but after a doctor checked on Hardy, it was allowed to continue. During his post-event chat with media, AEW President Tony Khan was asked about that and how he was allowed to come back:

“What happened with Matt was Matt had taken a fall on the match and I stopped the match, paused the match, and sent the doctor to check on him. I was concerned Matt could be hurt so I rang the bell to pause the match. Then when the doctor checked on him, the doctor passed him and cleared him on the protocol. He checked with Matt and then Matt had come back after and he passed the concussion protocol. He’s doing okay. I spoke to him right after the match and then again just now. He went, as a precaution, to the hospital for tests to check out that he’s okay but it looks like he’s okay, which is why the doctor cleared him to continue. It was not something any of us enjoyed and it was something that was a scary moment but the most important thing is Matt is okay and we’re all really glad about that.”

When asked for clarification on whose decision it was to continue, and if there even was proper time to make a decision, Khan had this to say:

“Yes, there was time. It was actually a good amount of time, so, yeah, there was. … The doctor did clear him. Matt did not pressure him and Dr. Sampson would not be pressured into clearing anybody. He’s pulled people from our shows without hesitation, whether it’s been over something with a blood test or with an injury. He’s really strict about that stuff. That’s why when people have had injuries and he didn’t feel comfortable about people doing physicality or wrestling with it we never put those people out there. So I never would have gone against the doctor’s decision and most importantly, Matt would not have been able to overrule the doctor’s decision, not with the doctor himself or with me. So that is what happened. The doctor cleared him, which is the first and foremost important thing. Matt did also want to continue but the doctor cleared him. At that point, when the doctor cleared him to continue, Matt clearly wanted to continue. That’s why we continued.”

Hardy’s wife, Reby, took to Twitter to express her displeasure after watching Hardy take that bump, clearly upset at the situation. She has since made her profile private but did tweet the following, at odds with what Khan is saying here:

twitter.com/rebyhardy

“They needed additional imaging done after his CT. He’s still in the hospital. 1000% concussion. Anyone with eyes could have told you that tho.”

We’ll update this situation as more information becomes available.