Expectations have been excessive when the Hardy Boyz returned to WWE at WrestleMania 33 following a prolonged absence from the corporate during which they minimize their tooth. As you would possibly recall, that night’s scheduled Uncooked Tag Workforce Championship Ladder Match become a Deadly 4-Method when Matt and Jeff have been revealed as shock entrants mere seconds earlier than the bell rang.
Due to his memorable “Damaged Matt Hardy” gimmick, Matt was within the midst of an enormous profession resurgence on the time. And Jeff was using that wave too. Understandably, the gang inside Orlando’s Tenting World Stadium went completely bonkers, and produced simply one of many loudest pops in wrestling historical past. The Hardy Boyz went on to win the match and seize the Uncooked Tag Workforce Championship.
Lower than 24 hours previous to their dramatic return to WWE programming, The Hardy Boyz had misplaced the Ring Of Honor World Tag Workforce Championship to The Younger Bucks at Supercard of Honor XI in, you guessed it, a ladder match.
Each wrestling fan is conscious that the tag crew ladder match is the specialty of The Hardy Boyz. Even nonetheless, for them to have two ladder matches in as many days at that stage of their careers was spectacular. The ROH match lasted 25 minutes, and featured your typical Matt and Jeff ladder match shenanigans. They have been up in opposition to one of many hottest younger tag groups on the planet, and proved that they have been nonetheless able to hanging with the very best. Then they confirmed up at WrestleMania the next evening and did the very same factor, albeit in a a lot shorter match.
The Hardy Boyz Can Nonetheless Go
All of that is to say that when the brother returned to WWE, their inventory was as excessive because the hopes of each fan who had been following their journey as skilled wrestlers since No Mercy 1999 once they defeated Edge and Christian in a thrilling ladder match that foreshadowed what was to come back.
After successful the Uncooked Tag Workforce Championship of their first WWE match as a crew in additional than seven years, followers assumed that Matt and Jeff have been going to recapture among the power that made their glory years so particular. However, alas, it did not fairly pan out that manner.
Due to a mix of dangerous luck and dangerous reserving, their run was spotty at greatest. They’d some respectable matches as a crew, but it surely did not take lengthy for the powers that be to separate them up … once more. Splitting the Hardy Boyz up is not a kiss of demise for both brother as they’ve each confirmed themselves succesful singles stars quite a few occasions. However, finally, it did not work out for them this time round.
Following an harm to Jeff’s leg that resulted within the brothers relinquishing the SmackDown tag titles, Matt’s TV time decreased considerably. The WWE reserving committee’s incapability to belief his skill to get gimmicks over pressured the older Hardy brother to as soon as once more half methods with the corporate, and he jumped ship to AEW early in 2020.
The injured Jeff stayed put in WWE, however the firm could not determine what to do with him. A conundrum they’ve but to resolve (assuming they need to).
It is not remotely harsh to say that Jeff Hardy’s abilities throughout his present WWE singles run have been wasted. Since Matt’s departure, The Charismatic Enigma has been concerned in some high-profile matches and some predominant occasions, however he is largely utilized as fodder for youthful expertise. He had a forgettable feud with Elias that outstayed its welcome, and his most up-to-date Intercontinental Championship reign lasted simply 37 days. Depressingly, the previous WWE Champion didn’t function at WrestleMania 37 in any capability.
Jeff Hardy Deserves Higher
Jeff Hardy could also be 43 along with his greatest days behind him, however there’s nonetheless a bit little bit of gasoline left in that tank. He deserves higher. Whilst a glorified jobber his abilities could be utilized in a significant manner. Elias gained completely nothing from his feud with Jeff, however followers have been by no means given any cause to care about their feud. If booked nicely, Jeff could possibly be used to place over up-and-coming expertise in a manner that truly issues. Jeff Hardy is a former WWE Champion and a future Corridor Of Famer — getting a win over him ought to imply one thing!
What’s extra, it appears unlikely that his scenario will enhance anytime quickly. Regardless of some hypothesis that Jeff would possibly observe Matt to AEW, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson says he nonetheless has “good chunk of time left on his deal” with WWE.
If the studies are correct and Jeff does certainly have a few years left on his WWE contract, this is hoping the corporate wakes up and realizes that he is nonetheless an asset. As superior as it will be to see him reunite along with his brother in Jacksonville, Jeff Hardy has given a lot to this trade, and he deserves another memorable run within the firm the place he made a reputation for himself. Earlier than it is too late.
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