Matt Hardy Says WWE SmackDown Offered More Creative ‘Wiggle Room’ Than RAW

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AEW wrestler Matt Hardy was traded to WWE RAW during the 2009 WWE Draft. He was later defeated by his brother Jeff Hardy in an I Quit match at WWE Backlash the same year.

During the latest episode of his The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Matt discussed his time on the SmackDown brand before being traded back to RAW in 2009.


According to Hardy, Superstars would have more creative wiggle room on SmackDown, since Vince McMahon was way more involved with WWE RAW at the time.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On wrestlers having less oversight from Vince McMahon on SmackDown: “SmackDown was kind of like the sentimental favorite to a lot of people because, like, Raw was definitely Vince’s baby, and it was the flagship show. So he was very hands-on with that. And I feel like people could get away with a little more on SmackDown.”

On SmackDown having more wiggle room: “Vince had a vision for Raw, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do. SmackDown, it was a little more, there was a little bit more wiggle room in there to do your own thing.”

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