Rumor Roundup Feb 11: Matt Hardy’s Goodbye, Elimination Chamber, Jeff Hardy’s Return

matt-hardy
Image via Twitter

1. Matt Hardy’s “Goodbye”

Matt Hardy was brutalized by Randy Orton this week on Monday Night RAW. The tag team specialist became the victim of an RKO and a Con-Chair-To at the hands of The Viper. Following the segment, Hardy took to Twitter to bid farewell to the WWE Universe.

Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that the segment essentially wrote Hardy off WWE television.

“According to WWE sources, the purpose of this was to write Hardy off TV. “

It’s been rumored for weeks that Hardy is headed to AEW although he was still discussing a new deal with WWE. From the recent turn of events, it appears that the 6-time WWE World Tag Team Champion has moved on from Vince McMahon‘s company and his latest “Free The Delete” video is legitimate proof of him debuting in Tony Khan‘s promotion down the line.

2. Roman Reigns vs. The Fiend Bray Wyatt

During the latest episode of RAW from Philadelphia, a local WWE advertisement spoiled the main event of the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

The advertisement shows Roman Reigns vs. Braun Stroman vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. King Corbin vs. Robert Roode booked for the Men’s Chamber Match with the winner getting a shot at “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt‘s Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36.

Reigns vs. The Fiend for the Universal Championship has long been rumored to be on the WrestleMania card, so it was just a matter of time before WWE laid the foundation for the mega title showdown.

While the original plan was for The Big Dog to win the Men’s Rumble and challenge the masked monster for the big red belt on April 5th, WWE took a different route that will now (possibly) see the former Universal Champion outlasting five other Superstars inside the chamber and punching his ticket to ‘Mania.

3. Jeff Hardy’s Return

Jeff Hardy was sidelined with a knee injury this past April and had to undergo knee reconstruction surgery immediately after. In October, the 6-time WWE World Tag Team Champion was arrested on grounds of DUI and the billion-dollar company urged him to take care of his health. However, it now appears that Hardy has got his health and legal issues all sorted and is eyeing an in-return at the earliest.

PWInsider reports that Hardy will report to the Performance Center next week for evaluation purposes.

“PWInsider.com can confirm that Jeff Hardy is slated to be at the WWE Performance Center next week to have his progress towards a WWE in-ring return checked on.”

4. No Plans For Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander hasn’t had much success in WWE since dropping the Cruiserweight Championship in 2018. The highly talented Superstar has been on a losing streak of late and it doesn’t seem like things will get better for him any time soon.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that there are no plans for Alexander at present (and possibly in the near future).

“They got no plans for Cedric, you know he’s a talented guy, but his number’s just not being called.”

5. MVP’s New WWE Role

MVP wrestled his final WWE match against Rey Mysterio in a losing effort two weeks ago on RAW. The veteran returned in a non-wrestling capacity this week, to host another entertaining edition of The VIP Lounge. Things didn’t work out too well for Mr. 305 as he ended up taking a Claymore Kick from Drew McIntyre.

PWInsider reports that MVP was on the show not just for the VIP Lounge segment, but to also have discussions about his potential new role as a producer in the company.

“The word making the rounds over the last several weeks has been that MVP was possibly coming in to work as a Producer for the company. That talk persisted tonight backstage at Raw, so if all works out, that looks to be his eventual role for the company.”

6. Angel Garza’s Dual Persona

A week ago, Angel Garza made his main roster debut against Rey Mysterio under a heel persona. The former NXT Cruiserweight Champion picked up his maiden victory over Cedric Alexander last night on RAW.

According to Dave Meltzer, WWE booked Garza as a strong babyface throughout every NXT live event over the weekend.

“He worked all of the NXT house shows this weekend and he was a complete babyface every night.”

WWE has strictly kept NXT and the main roster product and the same applies to how talents are booked across the brands. Garza plays a babyface role in NXT but dons a heel gimmick on RAW. It would be interesting to see how WWE proceeds with the dual booking leading up to Andrade‘s return from suspension.

As ever, wrestling fans are reminded that the above are just rumors and should not be taken at face value as facts.