WWE history: When WWE fused real-life with fiction
By the time Backlash 2005 rolled around, the real story behind the separation between Matt Hardy and Lita had hit the dirt sheets. The female legend Lita was getting booed on a weekly basis. On an episode of Raw, Trish and Lita delivered a controversial in-ring promo, with Lita getting heavily booed despite being a babyface.
Matt Hardy had been released by WWE in April and was reinstated back months later. WWE went on to infuse the real-life issues among the trio to come up with an angle, which is widely regarded as being one of the greatest storylines in WWE history. There was real life heat between Matt Hardy and the newly formed couple. Lita had already betrayed her on-screen husband, Kane, taking him out of the equation.
The fans flocked in to see the weekly updates on the storyline on Monday Night Raw, and the former best friends were slated to face off at Summerslam 2005.
During the match, Matt's head hit one of the turnbuckle posts, opening him up. Edge won the match as Matt was unable to compete and was bleeding profusely. The heartbroken Superstar took his revenge on Edge inside a steel cage at the next month's PPV, Unforgiven.
A ladder match on the WWE Homecoming episode of Raw ended with Lita tying up Hardy on the ropes while Edge secured the Money In The Bank briefcase that was hanging above the ring. As per the stipulation of the match, Matt left for SmackDown and the rivalry came to an end.
This storyline was one of those rare occasions where WWE decided to take advantage of the real-life animosity between the Superstars to advance the angle. While Matt and Edge were going at each other on the mic and inside the ring, fans knew that they were witnessing something very real, and that's what made this storyline so good.