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.

Bray Wyatt Should Be The Catalyst For The Rebirth Of Broken Matt Hardy

Over the past few weeks, there have been several reports that the WWE is working on a deal with Impact Wrestling in regards to releasing the rights of the “Broken Matt Hardy” character. According to Wrestlinginc.com, “Dave Meltzer reported on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE is working on a deal with Impact Wrestling to use the character on television.” As a result of this, the WWE has allowed Matt Hardy to start teasing the return of the character in the ring. For instance, the company has begun to keep the camera on Hardy when is making the delete motion which wasn’t the case for his return at Wrestlemania. Furthermore, Hardy has hinted on Twitter that the character is close to returning. For example, on April 28th he stated that “The OBSOLETE Owl cannot evade my #BROKENBrilliance by flying away.. DELETION is coming”. Although it is exciting to hear that the return of the broken character is imminent, the company needs to develop a storyline that causes Hardy to transition into the character. This is because a significant portion of the company’s fan base doesn’t watch any wrestling outside of the WWE. Therefore if Hardy were to transform into the character without an explanation some of the fan base will be confused.

As a result, I suggest that Bray Wyatt show up on Raw tomorrow night and start attacking random wrestlers because out of anger; that he wasn’t able to exact revenge on Randy Orton for burning down the resting place of Sister Abigail. One of the wrestlers he chooses to attack is Bo Dallas (his brother in real life) and decides to take him hostage. The following week the Hardy Boyz cut a promo saying that we have beaten every tag team on the Raw roster except the Revival; who are currently out of action due to Dash Wilder suffering a fractured jaw. As a result, they issue an open challenge to anybody backstage which leads to Bray coming out with Bo in Wyatt family ring attire. These four men have a match that ends in a double count out because they are brawling. The next week, the Hardy Boyz call out the Wyatt family because they have unfinished business with them. Due to this, they have another match which also ends in a count out due to brawling once again. However, in this brawl, the Hardys place Bo on a table which leads to Jeff jumping off a ladder onto Bo. Shortly after that Michael Cole announces that Bo is out indefinitely with broken ribs.

The following week Bray cuts a promo saying that the Hardy’s tried to eliminate the only thing he has left to care about which is his remaining disciple Bo Dallas and for that it has now become personal. As Raw is coming to a close Bray is shown in front of Matt Hardy’s house inferring that he is about to take his family hostage. The following week, Matt shows up at the arena pissed off looking for Bray because he can’t find his wife and kids. He is unable to find Bray in the stadium which leads him to call Orton in search of Bray’s address, and he gets it. He goes to the address but nobody is there, and he emotionally breaks down. The next week Matt goes to the ring and says I will sit here until someone tells me where Bray is and he proceeds to stay there for twenty minutes beating down every single wrestler that comes out while making noises from the broken character. For the next couple of weeks, this process continues until Bray shows up on the screen and says let’s have an unsanctioned fight at this address where your family is. In the buildup to the fight, Matt declares himself broken beyond repair and says to Bray you will find out what my broken condition is all about. Eventually, Matt wins the fight and gets his family back.

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