The Hardy way

“Bro­ken” Matt and Jeff Hardy are al­most WWE stars again.

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Big boss Vince McMa­hon booted the broth­ers from the WWE lock­er­room in 2010 and they ran over to ri­val brands To­tal Non­stop Ac­tion (TNA) and Ring Of Honor (ROW) wrestling be­tween 2011 and 2017. But like so many fallen ex-Superstars, the doors have been re­opened for the Hardy Boyz to re­turn to the promised land.

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Ac­cord­ing to sources, Matt (42) and Jeff (39) com­ing back to the WWE “is a mat­ter of when, not if – it’s a done deal, they just need to fi­nalise their con­tracts”. The real-life broth­ers have been free agents since Feb this year when their TNA con­tracts weren’t re­newed and that’s about the same time the WWE ru­mours popped up too – the of­fi­cial WWE twit­ter ac­count has posted a hand­ful of Hardy-re­lated tweets since the be­gin­ning of March, in­clud­ing a WrestleMania-linked poll just a week be­fore the WWE pay-per­view on Sun­day 2 April [at print, there were ru­mours that they’d show up at WrestleMania 33 in Florida…]

THE HARD ’N FAST TRUTH

“Call­ing the Boyz’ re­la­tion­ship with the WWE a roller­coaster ride is an un­der­state­ment,” says an in­sider. Be­fore be­ing “re­leased” from their con­tracts in 2010, Matt was fired and re-hired in 2005 [his on­screen ro­mance with Lita was real and they had is­sues off­screen that didn’t sit well with the WWE], while Jeff had been in the naughty cor­ner nu­mer­ous times for vi­o­lat­ing the WWE Well­ness Pol­icy – aka he’d been us­ing drugs. They didn’t live up to the hype built around them ei­ther, so they were dropped. Jeff “lost” a Loser Leaves The WWE match to CM Punk in Septem­ber 2009, while Matt was given less screen­time [he was re­port­edly ar­gu­ing about back­stage pol­i­tics, an­ger­ing the WWE more].

RIPE RE­TURN

So why a come­back? The Boyz know the com­pany and were WWE stars for 13 years. They’re out of con­tract and can re-join im­me­di­ately. They’re fan favourites. Plus, who bet­ter to rein­vig­o­rate flat tag-team di­vi­sions on Raw and Smack­Down than the pioneers of the Twist Of Fate fin­ish­ing move?

Jeff (left) and Matt Hardyz’ new “bro­ken” char­ac­ters are a hit with ROH fans, but how will they ap­pear in the WWE?

The Hardyz in the old days.

Lita caused Hardy drama.

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