So started the Hardy vs Hardy feud. I’m sure for many, including me; it was watched with great anticipation and fascination. Having grown up watching the Hardy’s on tv every week, this new dynamic to the brothers brought with it huge potential and excitement. To see the changes in Matt slowly becoming apparent was incredibly thrilling and so well done I was invested in it from the start. The more ‘broken’ Matt became, the more I wanted to see. Am I the only one who is reminded of Zoolander every time Matt speaks? He is quite literally amazing and should be receiving nothing but praise. I have always admired both Matt and Jeff, but this new character Matt created has gone above and beyond anything I could imagine and he has pulled it off with such perfection it’s difficult to think of him in any other way now. I absolutely love that with the seriousness and downright brutality of the feud also comes some humour and truly hilarious moments that will live in many wrestling fans’ memories (“A dilapidated boat!”). Comedy in wrestling is difficult to pull off at the best of times so for it to go hand in hand with a very sensitive storyline such as this it had to be done correctly. It was.
The buzz it generated was well deserved and spot on. It was the most incredible, insane work of pure brilliance I have EVER seen on any wrestling show. It was simple, not over worked and the focus was solely on Matt and Jeff thanks to the understated music which could have been a stereo playing by the ring it was so unobtrusive, and the camera work was like watching a home movie – it worked so well with the premise. There were no Hollywood-esque scenes even though some of the action was so surreal it wouldn’t be out of place in a big blockbuster movie. Even the weapons were kept simple. Jeff climbing the tree was excellent. I would look upon it as only a tree. He looked upon it as a way to hurt and destroy Matt. Their story was told throughout the entire thing and although I’m sure some people would disagree with how good I think it was, I think as long as it is taken how it was intended then there is nothing not to like. The ending was shocking and superb.
So for the few who hated the Final Deletion, just be aware of the many similarities between that and the Wyatt/New Day battle. And bear in mind that without the awesome Hardy vs Hardy storyline, the Wyatt and New Day feud would have differed greatly from the segment that WWE were so quick to put out there. No Final Deletion, no compound battle.