During an appearance on Talk is Jericho, Matt Hardy discussed his departure from WWE. Hardy said that he had dinner with The Young Bucks about six-seven months prior to his WWE contract expiring. Hardy explained that he didn’t commit to AEW because he wanted to see how things played out with WWE first:
“I pitched idea after idea to WWE on my own and I never got any feedback. There was never anything that sparked any creative fire in Vince’s mind. They were trying to resign me so I became WWE property. I wanted to be in a prominent role on TV and I don’t think Vince saw that for me.”
Hardy talked about his segments with Randy Orton but mentioned that he didn’t want to sign a new deal with WWE unless creative assurances were made.