My very first article for this website, and truly ever, was about how great it was that, not only were we finally getting to experience ‘woken’ Matt Hardy in the WWE, but how exciting of a first feud it should have been with Bray Wyatt. Just under two months later, it seems our dreams of a good rivalry are dead and gone.
The charisma of both characters had so much potential that many people believed this was going to be both men’s real talent showcase here in the WWE.
After their first promo, they intrigued many more as these two polar opposites were going to do battle in what should have been one of the most entertaining feuds to end 2017 and kick off 2018.
But here we are, a mere 51 days after that first magnificent dual promo done by Wyatt and Hardy, and what do we have? Dark matches on house shows and super short, uninterested filler matches on Raw.
Their first-ever televised match took place on Raw 25 and wasn’t anything special at all. Nothing really happened and, although it did go one for two segments, felt like the shortest match in a while.
“Why???” is always the biggest question left unanswered when it comes to confusing creative decisions. Why did they pair these two up if nothing was going to happen? Why did they even bother with the ‘woken’ gimmick? Why was this match not left for a special event? They could have waited ONE WEEK and had it at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. But instead, shoved it in the middle of what was a rather lack-luster Raw 25.
This was something I was afraid of happening, and I did mention it in that first article I wrote a little while ago, that Vince was going to bury what he didn’t create.
There’s no way of knowing if this is actually the case, but it does seem to be an unfortunate trend that things that become popular outside of WWE’s squared circle don’t seem to gain much traction when coming into the company. Obviously AJ Styles is a major exception, but he is the best wrestler on the face of the planet after all.
On the bright side, there is always a chance that we haven’t seen the last of this feud, and hopefully if Brother Nero (Jeff Hardy) returns after the Rumble, they can pick up where they left off and build up to a super exciting, entertaining WrestleMania match.
But the way creative has been treating these two of late, they seemingly have no interest in riding the potential of these two talented men anywhere. Their momentum may have just been, unfortunately, DELETED!
By: Patrick Gallagher