AEW star Matt Hardy recently spoke to the New York Post ahead of this weekend’s Double or Nothing PPV event.

The former WWE Superstar discussed how he was teased as being The Exalted One before joining AEW, the role that Brodie Lee now has as leader of the Dark Order group.

Hardy stated:

I was never, and you can quote me on this, I was never, ever gonna be the Exalted One. I said, let me tease that. It makes sense and it can fit and I can play stuff off of it with my social media and making people go down a certain road and think a certain way. We just decided like if Brodie Lee was just quiet and I can kind of do this, everyone is gonna be expecting me. We knew if he came out, anyone who was disappointed it wasn’t me or (that) I didn’t show up, they were still gonna get me 45 minutes later in the show. It would have been amazing if it had been done before a live crowd. I would have been so, so cool, but it is what it is.

Credit to WrestlingHeadlines for the transcription