middle of the WWE Broadcast.. The camera cuts to
backstage where we see a superstar we haven't seen in a
Matt Hardy has just arrived in the building for the first
time in months. He walks around the back and stops when
he catches ups with an old friend.
Wow! Hey Matt, I haven't seen you in a long time, how've
Oh man, what's up Chyna? I haven't seen you in a while..
Hell I didn't think I'd see you here.
Anyway.. I'm better than I was a few months ago. But I'm
back and better than ever from my injury.
Me either. I just got out of a meeting with Vince and am
about to go and make an announcement.
It was good seeing you again. Let's go get a drink or
something afterwards. Invite my girl Lita, of course
Yeah... We could do that. Just imagine, the Ninth Wonder
of the World getting a long overdue dose of Mattitude.
...Alright. I'll talk to you after I make my
leaves. Matt turns and walks down a hall, checking doors,
as if looking for something... LiveWire Announcer
Mark Loyd comes up to Matt Hardy, with a microphone in
Hello, Matt Hardy, LiveWire Announcer, Mark Loyd.
I know who you are. Ah'm sorry I'm kinda in a rush, I
gotta talk to Vince.
This will only take a minute. I have a few questions for
Just make is quick, I got better things to do.
O.K. So Matt, you have been gone for a long time, how do
you feel returning to WWE after what we thought would
be a career ending injury?
Well, first of all, to those who doubted my return and
thought I would just fade out of existence, I just wanna
I'm here to prove all of you wrong. Matt Hardy is one of
the greatest physical specimens out there, he has the
Mattributes and there was never any doubt in the hearts
of true Matt Hardy fans that I would be back 102%.
I love this business and I was waiting on pins and
needles, going through rehab on my knee, rushing to
get back to the spotlight.
That must have been frustrating.
You have no idea how hard it was for me to sit back and
watch what was going on here for the past couple of
There were many different superstars going around here,
in and out of MY spotlight, having MY fans chant their
attempting to "entertain" them with their silly
little catchphrases. Most of these people trying to
entertain have less talent than I have in my little
finger. Maybe even the tip of my nail. Seeing all that
crap on TV made it that much more
frustrating for me. I've come back now, to finally shut
them up, and show the fans out there what a real
Hrm.. I see. I notice the new ring attire and attitude..
Correction Loyd, A new Mattitude. I am not the Matt Hardy
that you or anyone remembers before my injury.
That Matt Hardy is dead, and this new one is called Matt
Hardy Version 1. I have returned to my true personality
to better showcase my abilities as an individual, instead
of having to carry around dead weight in tag team
matches. This time its time for Matt to focus on Matt,
and that's precisely what I'm going to do. Now if you
bothering me and let me go talk to Vince?
By all means, go ahead...jerk
What was that, Loyd?
Oh really.. Here's some more nothing for you.
Matt Hardy smacks the mic out of Mark Loyd's hands and
proceeds to serve him up a beat down. Matt kicks him
on the floor and then grabs the mic and says near Loyd's
That'll teach you to never, ever disrespect Matt Hardy,
Matt Hardy finally makes it to Vince's office, and knocks
on the door before entering. Matt
Vince? You wanted to see me?
Who? Ah yes, it's you Matt. I just saw what you did just
now, and may I just say that you have definately
made some changes for the better.
Thanks, Vince, I really appreciate that.
That being said, I decided to give you a match against a
newcomer...against Randy Orton.
..Randy Who? Never heard of him.. the last name sounds
It should, his dad was Cowboy Bob Orton. Anyway, go out
there and put out a good match for me.
Show me that you're not all talk.
Matt Hardy leaves Vince's office and heads out to the
"Live for the
Moment" begins to play on the PA system as Matt
appears on screen. Matt runs to
each turnbuckle and
throws up the Version 1 hand signal.
"The King" Lawler>
Wow that's probably the coolest entrance I've ever seen.
JR, why don't we can an entrance like that?
Ol' Jim Ross>
I have no clue.. I'll get working on it. Anyway, here's
the so called Matt Hardy Version 1. We haven't
seen him in a while, so I wonder how he's going to fare
Well, Judging from that beating he gave Mark Loyd, I'll
have to say he's gonna do pretty well.
I hardly think that beating up a defenseless ring
announcer is the same thing as getting into a wrestling
While we're on that subject.. I wonder what possessed the
young Matt Hardy to beat up Mark Loyd.
He then walks over to
Lillian and asks for the mic. She hands it to him, and he
takes it and begins
<Lawler> Quiet JR, he's about to speak.
I would just like to say it's great to be back here in a
WWE ring. I hope you all missed seeing me in action
as I did. Well don't worry guys, I'm about to grace ya'll
with my great wrestling presence once again. It may
not be against anyone great, but then again, ANY match
that features me with instantly become a Match of the
candidate. Vince tells me that my opponent is a rookie
superstar. I guess this Orton kid is looking to
ride his father's coattails into the big time. Well I'm
here to put an end to that. I made it to the WWE on my
merits and I'll be damned if some kid is gonna try and
make a name for himself with me. Well I'm here to tell
now that he may as well not come down here. The kid is
not in my league. He cannot hold a candle to the
of my Mattributes.
He sure is full of himself.
He's just confident JR. Wouldn't you be if you were him?
Sandy Orton will be the first victim on my road to
greatness. Tonight you will witness what Version 1 Matt
made of. He is not the same Matt Hardy you have grown to
love. Version 1 is a Matt Hardy that is one of the
wrestlers of all time. Not only is he going to be the
first victim of the WWE's Mattitude Era.. but he will be
to all those other wrestlers out there that think they
are better than Matt Hardy. Those of you that are in the
the main event that I should rightfully be in..Ya'll
better watch out or you will end up suffering an
unfortunate Twist of Fate.
Matt leaves the Ring to a mixed reaction of cheers and
jeers.. and heads up the ramp back to the locker room
to get ready for his match against Randy Orton.