The WWE Has Mishandled Woken Matt Hardy 

Over three and a half years ago, Matt Hardy decided to return to TNA because he wanted one final run as tag-team champion with his brother Jeff Hardy. As a result, the Hardy Boys challenged the TNA tag-team champions, the Wolves to a title match the following week at Destination X. The Hardys were defeated by the Wolves in a highly competitive bout. Two weeks later, the Hardys decided to challenge Team 3D to one last match between the two teams and they proceeded to lose the contest. The following week, the Hardys and Team 3D concluded that they needed a best of five series with the Wolves involved to determine who was the best tag-team. During the best of five series, the Wolves lost the titles to the Revolution but still went on to win the series to claim the unofficial title of best tag-team in the company.

Even though Matt and Jeff Hardy lost the best of five series, they were still on a mission to capture the tag-team titles. Due to this, the Hardys entered a number one contender’s tournament to determine which team got the next title shot at the Revolution. The tournament contained teams like the Wolves, Beat Down Clan and the BroMans. Eventually, the Hardys were able to win the tourney but were unable to defeat the Revolution at the Lockdown event. Two weeks later, the Wolves managed to beat the Revolution to capture the TNA tag-team championships once again. Unfortunately, their title reign only lasted about two months because Eddie Edwards suffered a broken heel at the February TV tapings. As a result, they were forced to relinquish the titles which opened the door for the Hardys to get another opportunity. TNA management set up an Ultimate X match for the vacant tag team championships which they were able to win. However, their title reign only lasted about two months because Jeff Hardy suffered a broken leg during a dirt bike accident.

Once Jeff returned to action, Matt decided to exact revenge on his brother for making him relinquish the tag-team titles. As a result, Jeff was attacked by several fake Willows on consecutive weeks. Eventually,  Matt revealed that he was the person behind the fake Willow attacks because he was mad that Jeff didn’t think about how riding a dirt bike could affect their future as champions. The segment unveiled the beginning stages of the Broken/ Woken Matt Hardy character.

Unfortunately, WWE hasn’t put the same amount of backstory into the character as TNA/ Impact Wrestling did. For instance, once the company announced that Jeff suffered a shoulder injury shortly after SummerSlam, they put Matt in generally meaningless matches vs. Braun Strowman, The Miz, and Elias. After losing all the bouts over the course of a couple of months, Matt stated that he was reaching a breaking point. On November 27th, he was defeated by Bray Wyatt which caused him to snap and become the Woken character by repeatedly doing the delete mannerism. In the following weeks, Woken Matt Hardy has just frequently laughed at and attacked Bray Wyatt.

In conclusion, the WWE should have set a meaningful goal for Matt Hardy to chase or have Bray Wyatt take something valuable away as I mentioned in a previous post.

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