– The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a detailed story on the Matt Hardy/Edge/Lita situation in today’s paper, featuring quotes from Matt Hardy as well as WWE head of public relations Gary Davis. It recaps the entire saga — from the affair to Matt’s real-life release to his indie bookings and recent appearances on the air on WWE TV. Here is an excerpt (click on the above link for the full story):
Hardy twice returned to WWE for one-night engagements, attacking Copeland on live television each time. “Police” handcuffed Hardy for viewers’ entertainment. WWE got some mileage out of the messy affair, and Hardy got a couple more paydays from wrestling’s biggest company.
With its raw emotion, the Hardy-Lita-Edge case looked like a perfect ongoing story line for the lurid ways of WWE. The company, though, said that will not be the case.
WWE spokesman Gary Davis said Hardy is not under contract with the company, playing down speculation that the affair would continue to be exploited on WWE television shows.
Davis will not say whether the real-life friction between Hardy and Copeland had anything to do with Hardy’s firing.
“At the time we released Matt, we didn’t give a reason. We’re not going to say anything now, other than we wish him well,” Davis said.
Axed from big-time wrestling, Hardy has commitments to wrestle for a variety of independent promoters through November.
– Meanwhile, according to reports on PWInsider.com from Josh Macias, as well as elsewhere, during a meet-and-greet yesterday in CA, Matt Hardy said that he and Edge will eventually face off and he’d be back full time very soon. He also said he appreciates his fans, and hopes to face Samoa Joe before his time with ROH is done.