WrestleMania 34 is only three weeks away, and one of WWE’s premiere acts still doesn’t have a secured spot on the show.
The Hardy’s returned at WrestleMania 33 last year in Orlando, and since have been atop the WWE tag-team division. More recently however, Jeff Hardy has been out of action for almost five months due to surgery and Matt Hardy has entered his “Broken Universe,” which was made popular during the brothers’ run in Impact Wrestling in 2016.
But on this week’s Monday Night Raw, Matt Hardy wrestled Bray Wyatt in the Ultimate Deletion Match. Just like the Final Deletion between Matt and Jeff during the Impact run, this match took place on the Hardy Compound and featured Broken Universe regulars Queen Rebecca, King Maxel, Senor Benjamin, and Vanguard One. Wyatt and Hardy wrestled near the dilapidated boat and in the Dome of Deletion, which is the building on Hardy’s property where Impact actually filmed an entire episode in December 2016.
During the pre-recorded match, Jeff Hardy made his return to WWE in his Brother Nero character, which debuted during the original Impact run. The match ended when Hardy threw Bray Wyatt into the Lake of Reincarnation, and Senor Benjamin could no longer find his carcass, as Hardy put it.
The question still remains what happens with the Hardys at WrestleMania 34. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt apparently have ended their feud, and while Jeff Hardy made his return, he was also arrested for suspicion of DWI just last week. Like many wrestlers, Jeff Hardy has a checkered past when it comes to drug use, and during his last run with WWE in 2008 and 2009, he was suspended twice for violating WWE’s Wellness Policy.
While it seems possible the Hardys could reform the team and challenge The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Titles, that match has already been awarded; Braun Strowman won a battle royal by himself on last week’s Raw and he will challenge The Bar alone at WrestleMania.
So where does that leave the Hardys? Even prior to Jeff’s injury and subsequent surgery, the team had broken up and both Matt and Jeff were moving in the direction of a singles run.
Does WWE put them at odds again? WWE could, in theory, retell the story of “Broken” Matt Hardy vs. Brother Nero in 2016. But, I’m not sure anyone wants to see these two guys feud.
We’ll keep you updated on what the WWE plan for the Hardy Boys might be.