Greenfield explains as head writer of Smackdown how: ‘Matt Hardy’s creativity pulled my ass out of the fire when I was the head writer of SmackDown more than once.’
“Vince McMahon is notorious for radically changing the scripts for shows on the day of production. One night in the summer of 2006, I had about fifteen minutes until showtime when Vince essentially threw out the the entire script. “God damn it, Alex!” he shouted. “Just put a match out there!”
“I asked Matt [Hardy] and Ken [Kennedy/Anderson] to go out and work a three-segment match. Ken was still new-ish at WWE and a cloud of concern crossed his face. Matt Hardy just grinned. “Let’s do it,” he answered.
“They went out and told a twenty minute story that held the audience in the palm of their hands. They told an epic tale that increased ratings in each of their segments. They did it all with no notice and Matt calling the match completely on the fly. It was beautiful and I couldn’t have been prouder.
“I was sitting beside Vince in Gorilla when they came back through the curtain.
Vince McMahon applauded, something he virtually never does.
“With The Final Deletion, it feels as though Matt is unshackled by the traditional format of the genre and is creating something new and bracing.”