The WWE Universe has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Broken Matt Hardy, a gimmick that he developed during his time at Impact Wrestling last year. After several months of legal disputes, we are all finally able to sink our teeth into #WOKEN Matt Hardy. Last week on Raw it was teased that this character may be coming to WWE television after Hardy had a minor “breakdown” in the ring after his loss to Bray Wyatt. But during this past Monday, in a dueling promo against Wyatt, the entity was properly released from the vessel known as Matthew Hardy.
This rivalry will be good for both men, especially Wyatt. Bray Wyatt has been one of my favourite wrestlers ever since he debuted back in 2013. He was something fresh at the time, and seemed like he would no doubt be one of the big dogs in the park. Unfortunately that has not quite been the case for ol’ Bray! His mini push earlier this year was fun while it lasted, but like most things with Wyatt, ended after a rather lacking loss. With him now being paired up against a newly AWOKEN Matt Hardy, I believe this will finally be the rivalry Bray Wyatt needs to gain some traction. Wyatt will be out of his element for the majority of this feud. He, for once, is facing someone arguably more disturbed than he is. This will definitely lead to many mind game being played over the course of the next few months and hopefully, less Bray Wyatt gibberish.
Fans will be DELIGHTED to finally see Matt Hardy in the proper spotlight he deserves. It does worry me a little bit that the segment that Wyatt and Hardy were given this past Monday left something to be desired. I’m hoping Vince doesn’t bury this storyline because he didn’t come up with Hardy’s gimmick. These two need the proper time and the proper stage. They’re both incredible workers, and if you add Jeff Hardy, or Brother Nero into the fray, then you have yourself a fantasy feud for the ages, in my opinion.
There are a couple ways I see this rivalry playing out in the long run, but there’s one booking option that I feel very good about. Bray Wyatt has been a cult leader his whole career, with the Wyatt Family. With Brother Nero hopefully returning to the ring soon, I see this rivalry leading to Wyatt being BROKEN down by these two, and eventually joining forces with the Hardy Brothers in one crazy faction, this time with Wyatt as a follower.
By: Patrick Gallagher
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