Matt Hardy has spent the last 30 years in a tough business and he recently commented on some bad taste storylines.
There have been many storylines in wrestling history about personal issues, like when Scott Hall and Jeff Hardy dealt with addictions during their time in the company and Paul E. Dangerously’s story of a wrestler committing suicide and Hawk from Legion of Doom making them fake his death to teach young fans a lesson. Another one that people always bring up is when Michelle McCool & Layla called Mickie James “Piggie James” during their time on WWE television mocking her weight even though she wasn’t overweight at all.
Out of these bad taste storylines, there are plenty that happened when Vince McMahon was being chaired by WWE.
On the March 27 episode of Smackdown, there was an unfortunate storyline where Sheamus continuously mocked Jeff Hardy for his alcohol addiction. There was a car crash involving Jeff that was planted by Sheamus and helped to make it look as if Jeff were drunk during the accident. Jeff is currently in rehab with reports saying he does not expect to return to AEW any time soon.
Matt Hardy just appeared on Busted Open Radio to discuss all the storylines that have been cruel, treating people, such as his wife, in a bad way. Right now it looks like Triple H will be better about using storylines like these in the WWE because Vince McMahon is retired and not involved with creative anymore.
“Even when my brother was back, and he’d obviously had his struggles over the years with addiction and alcohol, the most recent obviously. When they put him on TV and put him in like an addict-alcoholism angle and story, I feel like those are in bad taste.”
“I think you won’t be seeing that as much now that Triple H is in charge. That’s something you would never see underneath Tony Khan. He’s very forward-thinking, very progressive, and he realizes people who have these real-life struggles, you have to separate them. You really shouldn’t abuse them and make light of them on your television product.”
Matt also explained that it’s not encouraged for wrestlers to turn down storylines.
“Saying, ‘no,’ is something you have the option of doing, but it isn’t something that is truly encouraged. They want you to go with the flow.”