Matt Hardy on the influences of his broken character

Sep 14, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Matt Hardy revealed how The Undertaker and Papa Shango were two characters that helped him mold the Broken Character. He wanted to create a throwback and looked to those two iconic gimmicks to help him along the way.

“Well, I mean, that’s why the whole ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy character was created in the first place. Because thinking back and looking at the landscape of things, all these young guys that are 25-35 that are in super top shape, super athletic and super healthy in so many ways, and don’t have their body covered with scar tissue like mine is. When I was thinking about those characters, I said, ‘what if I could do a throwback to the days of Papa Shango? The days of The Undertaker? Trying to create a character that’s somewhat magical, somewhat over the top? And that was the whole mindset.”

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