In a new video published to his social media accounts, Woken Matt Hardy has announced his retirement from WWE in-ring competition following the fulfillment of his final advertised live event.
“I just want to take a moment and address the WWE Universe – all the Woken Warriors, Hardy Boy fans, all the Mattitude Followers that have allowed me to live my dream for so many years. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do, and I got to do it at the highest level for 26 years.”
“I will never forget the reaction the WWE Universe gave us at WrestleMania 33 upon returning. It was truly one of the greatest moments of my career. WrestleMania 34 was a great moment winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royale. And I got to bring my creation, the Ultimate Deletion to Raw in the main event slot.”
“There’s been a lot of speculation for quite a while online, if I’m going to be wrestling any longer or not. WWE fortunately let me fulfill all my advertised commitments, but tonight here in Corpus Christi, this was the last advertised commitment I had. I never say never, but tonight here in Corpus Christi was most likely the last time you will ever see Woken Matt Hardy in a WWE ring. I have two young kids and a wife. It’s time for me to go home.”
Last month, Hardy announced that his lower back had begun fusing with his pelvis as a result of the nearly three decades of damage he had put his body through in the professional wrestling business. It was later reported that he would be taking some time away to heal up from nagging injuries, as well as seeking medical attention and consultation for the more serious issues.
Hardy has since taken on the backstage role of a producer for segments on Monday Night Raw. It is unknown at this time how long he will remain with the company, or what’s next for the future Hall of Famer, but he did note in his video that he would be going home to spend time with his wife and two children.
Thanks for the massive love tonight, #WWECorpusChristi.. I fulfilled my final advertised live event commitment.
— MATTHEW MOORE HARDY (@MATTHARDYBRAND) September 16, 2018