So negotiations for Matt and Jeff Hardy in TNA haven’t gone so well, as it seems the two parties have decided to go their separate ways. Rumors about the split include that the rushed nature of the company, potential loss of direction with Matt’s “Broken” character, and an Anthem Sports executive getting shitty and saying “well, tell them to go to WWE” pissed the brothers off, so the two parties have parted ways. The funny thing is, now TNA is scrambling, trying to get the TNA Tag Team Championship belts back from Matt & Jeff.
Imagine if these two show up on Raw tonight, or better yet, on Raw After Mania, and immediately start a program with The New Day. That’d make for some entertaining television. I guess time will tell, but I can’t imagine a WWE return would be out of the question.
ROH World Tag Team Champions The Hardys offered WWE contracts [March 21st, 2017]
Last week, rumors surfaced that the WWE were in talks with former WWE Tag Team Champions The Hardy Boyz, who recently departed from TNA where the duo had reinvented themselves in their new “Broken” image. PWSheet recently confirmed that an deal has been offered in an attempt to bring the duo back to the WWE.
The first time the duo teamed on WWE television was in 1996, despite Matt Hardy having been used by the WWE since 1994 (when Matt was 19). The duo became a hot commodity in 1999 when they captured the WWF World Tag Team Championships from The Acolytes on Raw. The real-life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy continued to be fan favorites until 2003, when Jeff left the WWE and Matt stayed with the company. In 2006, Jeff returned to the WWE and the duo began teaming again within months, regaining glory as the WWE World Tag Team Championships in 2007. Matt and Jeff split from the WWE within a few years, after Jeff had a reign as the WWE Champion while Matt was the ECW World Heavyweight Champion.
In 2011, the team reformed in TNA, and again in 2014, marking their place in history when the duo became the TNA World Tag Team Champions. It was during their run in TNA that Matt and Jeff began experimenting with new directions, such as Jeff’s run as Willow. It was during this time that Matt became “Broken”, blaming his brother Jeff for his descent into madness. Jeff soon followed, and the duo became hellbent on capturing every tag team championship across the globe.
Today, the Hardys are wrestling for Ring Of Honor, where they’re the current ROH World Tag Team Champions under a short-term contract with the company. In addition to this, the brothers also hold championships in various independent companies, some international. Despite this, the WWE has reached out to the two, who would undoubtedly do business with each company and seal off any loose ends. If the duo come to the WWE, it’s possible that the “Broken” characters won’t be used, due to a current legal battle with TNA over the image (which Matt created). It’s also possible that the brothers won’t use the characters simply because they had full creative control while in TNA, and the WWE would likely not allow such a thing. However, with the WWE’s budget, it’s entirely possible that the duo would do something similar and there’s no doubt that the fans would embrace the returning pair. I guess for now, time will tell, but this writer is rooting to see Matt and Jeff back where it all began!
On this day: The Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money score concurrent pinfalls in a match for the vacant Tag Title, leading to a restart that ends when Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin land a frog splash/neckbreaker combo on Bobby Roode to win the duo’s first TNA World Tag Team Championship. (7/11/10)