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Could Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy team up?

Why an alliance of Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy can offer a breath of fresh air to both men.

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Feature 02 Feb 2018, 16:36 IST
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Bray Wyatt and Woken Matt Hardy sharing interesting commonalities

Matt Hardy's tenure in the WWE has seen its ups and downs. Hardy debuted as a jobber in his early years from 1994 up until 1998 and rose to prominence through the formation of The Hardy Boyz alongside his brother, Jeff Hardy.

The pair dominated the tag team scene and is sure to go down as one of the most popular tag teams in the history of the wrestling industry.

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Team Xtreme with their gold

After several runs in other promotions such as TNA, ROH, and even the independent circuit, both brothers reemerged on the WWE scene at last year's Wrestlemania 33.

A last-minute spot was taken to announce the Hardy Boyz as surprise entrants into the previously planned triple threat ladder match between Enzo & Cass, Sheamus and Cesaro, and The Club for the Raw Tag Team Championships. They went on to capture the Raw Tag Team titles and had a title reign for 63 days before dropping the belts to Sheamus and Cesaro.

Moreover, Jeff Hardy was sidelined with a torn rotator cuff injury, therefore allowing Matt Hardy to have a solo run in the company where he also introduced his "Broken" gimmick under a new alias known as "Woken". Since then, "Woken" Matt Hardy was injected into a reasonably major feud with former Wyatt Family leader, Bray Wyatt.

Following his return to the WWE, Hardy was only seen teasing a few "Delete" signs here and there, but was confined to a more "sober" Matt Hardy in terms of promos and matches due to then unsolved legal drama between WWE and Impact Wrestling concerning the rights of ownership to the "Broken" gimmick.

However, Impact Wrestling soon dropped the claim and Hardy was awarded full ownership of the gimmick. It was then introduced on the 27th November 2017 edition of Monday Night Raw after his match with current rival, Bray Wyatt.

Moving forward, Hardy was able to put his "Woken Wisdom" into full display as he exchanged promos and eccentric laughs with the Eater of Worlds along the weeks.

The rivalry between these two men, albeit receiving tremendously high expectations from fans, fell flat due to bizarre decisions from creatives.

Building up their rivalry for weeks had only lead to them having a random match lasting only three minutes on Monday Night Raw's 25th anniversary episode, where Wyatt pinned Hardy clean. Creative booked what seemingly was supposed to be a pay-per-view match to be on free television and made Hardy look bad in the process.

Fortunately, the match they had was not the culmination of their feud. Both men showcased an interesting "alliance" of sorts in the Royal Rumble, before then proceeding to lock horns and eliminating each other from the Rumble.

The 29th January 2018 edition of Raw saw Wyatt costing Hardy a qualifying match for the Elimination Chamber event by interference, speculating that we are to see more of interactions between these two madmen.

Bray Wyatt, on the other hand, had always been the victim of killed momentum too. He has a current record of 0-3 at Wrestlemania, losing to the likes of John Cena, The Undertaker, and Randy Orton. Wyatt was always known to cut chilling and even nonsensical promos, which used to work.

However, fans started to see his promos as gibberish and not take him as seriously as before due to his defeats in most high-profile feuds.

The Viper cutting Bray Wyatt's WWE title reign short (49 days) at Wrestlemania 33
The Viper cutting Bray Wyatt's WWE title reign short (49 days) at Wrestlemania 33

Seeing that both men respectively having good reasons to not take another loss, with Hardy's "Woken" gimmick just debuting and Wyatt's long list of feud defeats, rationality suggests that this rivalry should be heading for a conclusion where an unholy alliance is formed.

Who knows, somewhere along the line we might even see former Wyatt Family members, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, now known as The Bludgeon Brothers, take on their antecedent leader with some sprinkles of "Broken Brilliance" here and there.

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The repackaged Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, The Bludgeon Brothers
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