Matt Hardy has been suspended one week and fined $100,000.
Slow down before rolling your eyes and thinking the worst. Hardy was not suspended by AEW. His punishment was doled out by The Firm’s Stokely Hathaway and Ethan Page in a storyline on Elevation.
Now that Hardy’s contract belongs to The Firm, Hathaway and Page booked Hardy for a bout on Elevation (starting at 25:55) as a way to mess with his head. Hardy’s reaction was to spit lines from a classic rap song.
Watch how fast I read this contract pic.twitter.com/cxXgjYo5NU— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) October 23, 2022
Public Enemy took notice.
Saw it earlier, ResPEct ✊ always to @MATTHARDYBRAND— PUBLIC ENEMY (@PublicEnemyFTP) October 23, 2022
When it was time for Hardy’s match against Lord Crewe, The Firm joined him on stage for a Matt Fact. “Matt Hardy eats unseasoned chicken & dips everything in ranch.”
Well, these two created a BS Matt Fact that now makes Kevin Dunn’s Matt Fact not the worst one EVAH. pic.twitter.com/H7Aytxpgq9— MATT HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) October 25, 2022
Page ordered Hardy not to use the Twist of Fate during the match. So, what did Hardy do? He won via Twist of Fate.
That defiance didn’t fly over so well in the face of The Firm. Hathaway cut Hardy’s victory music to have a conversation. He stripped Hardy of the Twist of Fate to hand it over to Page as the Page Turner. Page pointed out that a clause in Hardy’s contract for using the Twist of Fate resulted in a $50,000 fine. Hardy shoved Hathaway out of frustration. That action resulted in another $50,000 fine and a one week suspension.
"Matt Hardy is not deserving of theme music!"#TheFirm's @stokelyhathaway and @OfficialEGO make the terms of @MattHardyBrand's contract very clear to him, here on #AEWDarkElevation!— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 24, 2022
▶️ https://t.co/mWPbzSHyMl pic.twitter.com/MKa4fMDezo
Hardy decided to turn a negative into a positive to turn his suspension into a vacation. He also brought the noise with another Public Enemy rap.
Do you support The Firm suspending and fining Matt Hardy?