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Matt Hardy: An Underrated performer and a Role Model?

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Matt Hardy - 'Stronger than death'

I decided to do this blog after reading the 'Do you want Jeff Hardy to return to the Wwe' thread started by Deadly56. I've always been a fan of Matt, more so than Jeff because he was similar to me (not in the taking drugs sense, in that I was often overlooked because of my brother). Matt was the older brother who kept everything under control, he was often overlooked because Jeff was the one doing all the spots.
This blog will be looking at Matt Hardy - as a role model and an underrated performer.

Background to how I became a fan of wrestling...

I started watching wrestling in 1998 when The Hardy's vs Edge and Christian rivalry started. Their fast paced, exciting matches made me a fan of wrestling and from there I became a fan of the likes of HBK, Chris Jericho, Kane, Triple H....
I remember watching Matt become a singles performer and producing some great matches/moments with his Mattitude gimmick. His promos were really good, one of my favourite moments was Matt trying to lose weight so he could be apart of the Crusierweight division.

A massive career mistake he made was moving to Raw to be with Lita. He may of had an entertaining feud with Kane but if he had of stayed on Smackdown he may of eventually got an IC title shot which could of been used to propel himself into the main event scene.

The Love Triangle...
So Lita left Matt for Edge, Matt was fired only to be rehired, they feuded ending with Matt losing a loser leaves Raw match.

This feud was good but it could of been so much better. The booking of it in my opinion was wrong. They should of had Edge get disqualified or walk out as Matt being unable to compete made him look weak. The second match should of seen Edge get the win after a distraction. And the feud should of ended with Matt prevailing in the steel cage match. He could of then gone after the Wwe Championship with the catchphrase 'I've got nothing to lose and everything to gain'. Edge could of then cashed in after Matt won the championship resuming their feud ending with Matt coming out on top. This would of created 2 main eventers.

I understand Matt moved over to Smackdown for personal reasons but they still should of had him go after the World Championship with the mindset I wrote above.
Fast forward a few years after and Matts had a decent tag team run with his brother, an amazing feud with Mvp, an ECW Championship run and another good rivalry with Jeff. After Jeff left, Matts career took a turn for the worse jobbing to Eric Escobar and Drew McIntyre.

I think Matt was a hard worker who would of made a main event run work. There were too key moments where they should of pushed Matt. With his version 1 gimmick or after his feud with Edge and Lita.

Matt Hardy - A role model?
Matt started his indie promotion (Omega) at an early age. He worked his ass off to get noticed and to get sponsors. He taught himself to sew to save money on costumes - if that's not dedication than I don't know what is. He got himself and his brother into the Wwe and became one of the greatest tag teams ever.

I know he's had an awful past year or so but there was a lot leading up to it in my opinion. Obviously I don't condone the use of drugs and am only defending him to a degree but moments that played a role in it were (imo):
- His mother dying whilst Matt was young
- The love of his life cheating on him.

I don't think Matt had properly got over the affair until last year.

Thankfully, Matts in a good place now with Reby Sky. I don't see him returning until he's proposed to Reby as he probably doesn't want a de ja vu.

A return in the near future?
I do however think Matt will eventually return but I don't think that'll happen till after next Wrestlemania at the earliest. Id like him to be given the Christian treatment (preferably not losing it in 5 days) and have at least one World title run.

Thanks for reading, not really sure what type of blog this was but think of it a blog aimed at the Matt Hardy haters who don't know anything about him other than his problems with drugs. It may not of been my best blog but I've been meaning to do this for a while. Remember to leave a comment below!

I'd recommend the Twist of Fate Hardys Dvd as it offers an insight into how they got into the business and how hard Matt worked to get them both there.

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Updated 08-01-2012 at 11:45 AM by Callum

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  1. Vondraco's Avatar
    Nice blog on a consistently underrated performer. I honestly preferred Matt to Jeff -- especially as of late. (Though the constant use of "of" instead of "have" is annoying, but hey, all the kids are doing it ... even if they should of learned better in skool)
  2. TheRealOutlaw's Avatar
    I doubt WWE fans are going to see anyone of the two Hardy brothers. Matt was a great wrestler, but I would not call him a role model. WWE did make the mistake on how they used Matt when he was in singles matches, I think that made Matt a underrated.
  3. Bobby1181's Avatar
    Matt just lacked that natural charisma that jeff has, Matt definitely lacked that "it" factor. And he can't really be blamed. But I think people need to realize Matt was the unsucessful half of a tag team that split up. Matt is on par with Stevie Ray, Marty Jeanetty, and Anvil Neidhart, all guys that became the less successful member of a split up tag team.
  4. Hublescope's Avatar
    I enjoyed this blog very much, very nice typing, easy to read..

    To the topic, I was never a big fan of Hardys to be honest. In feuds with 3D and E&Ch I always preferd the opponent. When Matt started his singles career, I actually liked his moveset more than in tagteam with Jeff. Especially in the late of his WWE/TNA career he became more mat based competitor, with actually pretty cool finisher (side effect or how he called it). His TNA run was better though, even if he wasnt very satisfied with it, the heel persona of killing all the rookies on roster worked well on him, and he was on a mean streak for some time.

    Underrated? as a singles competitor yes. He will be always recognized as the brain behind the success of hardys and wrestlers like Shannon Moore (dunno how he types), aswell as a tag team specialist. When talking about greatest tag teams of all time, you have to say Hardys somewhere, cause their place there is undoubtable. Jeff got chance, because he has more charisma, character that makes company way more money than one could think, and his moveset is suicide and suicide only. Now I dont offen Jeff, but I think that Matt was, will and always will be the better man out of Hardys, IMO.. both are capable to be main eventers, both are talented in the ring with their own way of doing it. But I think that Matt is more professional, more natural in the ring, more talented as an actor. I never liked promos from both of them. So I cant say they are talented on the mic. Matt has some sort of accent or what it is and Jeff is just... jeff..
  5. akbar's Avatar
    I'm sure there are logical or illogical reasons as to why he constantly lies about never drinking or taking drugs and then doing it again, but he certainly is no Role Model.
  6. WilloTron's Avatar
    Matt nor Jeff are really role models however i always used to prefer Matt to Jeff when they were in WWE.

    I always enjoyed a majority of Matt Hardy's matches too. I think he always delivered a good quality, back & forth match in WWE particularly when he faced Edge. I think Matt is or was very similar to Christian in that you always knew you were going to get a solid match.

    Good blog and nice to see somebody like Matt Hardy getting a bit of attention.
  7. PhEonYx's Avatar
    I've never been a fan of either Hardy, yet both have had highs in their careers that should be commended.
    Great blog, enjoyed the read
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