On Monday, the WWE Universe got to see the first real signs that WWE was backing the transformation of Matt Hardy into a "Broken" version of his character. Hardy was teasing the change on and off for months, but WWE never really acknowledged the transformation. That is until this past Monday, when after a defeat to Bray Wyatt, Hardy looked down at the Matt, started losing his senses and waived the "delete" sign with his hands over and over.
Announcer Michael Cole followed it up by asking if this was a sign we were all witnessing Hardy breaking down. Most of the fans certainly hope so as Hardy and the character he made famous in TNA has been at the top of many fans' wishlist.
Part of the delay in going this route with Matt Hardy has to be the fact that WWE couldn't obtain the rights to the name "Broken". WWE isn't keen on doing ideas that aren't theirs and "Broken" is a Hardy/Anthem Sports creation that Anthem Sports is not releasing the rights to. If Matt can't use "Broken", he needs a name that people will can fall in love with.
He's teased "Woken" and WWE teased "Broken Down" on Monday, but whatever Hardy and WWE choose can't be anything but a solid name.
One of the things that made "Broken" Hardy so different in TNA is that the segments were like nothing else the company was doing. They were so unique, WWE even tried to rip off the idea in a war between The New Day and The Wyatt Family.
The WWE will need to find a cool and different way to get Hardy's story in and that doesn't need to be in the middle of the ring. Take him outside, shoot footage on his property, have him wander and do other things besides promos inside the arena.
The "Broken" gimmick was mostly Matt Hardy. That said, there was extra value brought to the character by the people Matt chose to involve. From his wife Reby Sky to his brother "Nero" to other unique and wacky family members. It's obvious Reby wants a piece of this action and it would add something unique to Matt that could sell this transformation.
If the WWE is also looking for women to play a role in the first ever female Royal Rumble, then the WWE has another entrant with a built-in-ready character.
The WWE teased this transformation after Hardy lost a match to Bray Wyatt. While Wyatt versus "Broken" Matt would eventually be a big ticket idea, it's a poor way to kick off the "Broken" character.
Matt needs an opponent that looks credible but he can beat. "Broken" Matt needs momentum out of the gate. Someone Matt can toy with and mentally confuse is a better option than Wyatt at this point.
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This transition will never work if Matt Hardy can't be free to do what Matt Hardy does. It's one of the things that has made him more than just a mid-card guy over his wrestling career. There are few that think wrestling and stories better than Matt.
This will mean that he and the WWE will need to collaborate well and Vince McMahon will have to trust Hardy to have ideas that may seem odd but should work. If WWE oversteps and tries to control this too much, it will flop and badly.
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