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"I would have loved to have had a match against Roman Reigns" - Top AEW star regrets not facing current WWE Universal Champion

Roman Reigns backstage at WWE Royal Rumble 2022
Roman Reigns backstage at WWE Royal Rumble 2022
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AEW star and former WWE tag team champion Matt Hardy has admitted that he would have loved to have faced current WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns before he departed the company in 2020.

Matt Hardy allowed his WWE contract to expire in March 2020, meaning he was a free agent without a non-compete clause. He then showed up on the March 18th 2020 edition of AEW Dynamite.

This day in #AEWHistory, #Broken Matt Hardy & the #ExaltedOne Mr. Brodie Lee made their first #AEW appearances on #AEWDynamiteMr. Brodie Lee debut - youtu.be/Dm4hrtyLCFYMatt Hardy debut - youtu.be/5WG7k2QBnCs https://t.co/NLBuxiq7jT

Hardy reverted back to his 'Broken' gimmick that made him so popular during his time away from WWE, however 'The Broken Universe' never stuck the landing the way Hardy would have liked during his time with the company.

Speaking on the latest edition of the "Extreme Life of Matt Hardy" podcast, the former WWE tag team champion heaped praise on Roman even stating he would have loved to have had a match against the 'Tribal Chief.'

"Yes, I really would have loved to have had a match against Roman Reigns. I like Roman Reigns immensely as a performer and also I really like him as a human being too as well, we always got along good and he’s just a real cool cat and he’s such a hard worker. He’s so smooth, he’s so handsome, he’s so charismatic and he really does have an amazing package." [7:28-7:49]

Hardy would continue by saying that Reigns' current storyline as part of The Bloodline with The Usos is his favorite WWE story at the moment.

"The stuff he’s doing currently with him and The Usos, I mean I can’t put that over enough. It is my favourite thing on WWE television, and he’s killing it." [7:50-7:57]

Matt's brother almost challenged Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship

Matt's brother Jeff Hardy made headlines in December 2021 by walking out of a WWE house show, refusing to go to rehab and eventually being released from the company.

While it all turned out for the best, as Jeff Hardy is of a sober mind and was seemingly fine when WWE let him go, the one thing that WWE fans missed out on was Jeff Hardy vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship.

"My number one goal is to be the Universal Champion, like one time, before my career is over."- Jeff Hardy https://t.co/rWSpGpYZHd

With Jeff's resurgence in popularity in 2021, he was positioned for a main event run in WWE against Reigns. However, things did not pan out that way, so fans will never know what a match between 'The Charismatic Enigma' and 'The Tribal Chief' would look like.


Credit "The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy" and use a H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling when using any of the quotes from this article.


Find out the real reason why Sting came to WWE only to lose his debut match right here.

Edited by Ryan K Boman

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