Hardy released two character promotional vignettes, that he was planning to use before he was offered a new contract by WWE.Hardy called himself The Angelic Diablo with the tagline "the scar will become a symbol" in reference to the way in which he had been treated by Lita and WWE.He kayfabe turned on Lita on his first night back after teasing a proposal to her.Hardy spent little time on Raw and later turned face by engaging in a rivalry with Kane.
They soon dumped Hayes however, and joined the short lived stable The New Brood.
Apart from his success as a tag team wrestler, Hardy is a three-time world heavyweight champion, having held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice and the ECW Championship once (neither of these titles are recognized by WWE or Pro Wrestling Illustrated as world championships as of 2017).
He has also won the WWE's United States, European, Hardcore, and Cruiserweight Championships once each.
On the August 12 episode of Raw, Hardy turned against Jeff during Jeff's match against Rob Van Dam, because Hardy was frustrated at not receiving a match against Van Dam for the number 1 contendership for the Intercontinental Championship. Having now dubbed himself Matt Hardy: Version 1, and with his MF'er (Mattitude Follower) Shannon Moore in his corner, 2003 began with Hardy frantically trying to lose weight to get under the 220 lb (100 kg).
weight limit to compete for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.