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Why ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy Will Be a Game Changer In 2018

The hottest pro wrestling character in 2016 may soon come back as Monday Night Raw alluded to the return of the “Broken” gimmick with ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy.

But how can World Wrestling Entertainment utilize a gimmick that Impact Wrestling, along with parent company Anthem Sports & Entertainment, claims ownership of? This will be less difficult than one would expect, apparently.

Impact Wrestling recently announced that they would be reworking their talent contracts. Anthem President Ed Nordholm recently spoke with Sports Illustrated and explained this in detail. Anthem/Impact will allow talent departing from the company to keep using their gimmick. This also includes gimmicks created by Impact. Whether this is a good will gesture, or the company trying to save face after how the entire debacle surrounding how discussion over the ownership of the Broken gimmick was handled, we’ll never know. But the news couldn’t come soon enough.

Matt Hardy was floundering in WWE. Ever since Jeff Hardy went out with an injury, creative has not known what to do with Matt. His loss last week to Bray Wyatt seemed to hint at Matt hitting rock bottom…or did it? As Wyatt made his way back to the locker room, a despondent Matt seemingly snapped, then started his trademark “DELETE” chant and hand gestures. My reaction to this was as intense as the thousands in attendance. Matt Hardy’s Twitter handle also recently changed to ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy. This is an intriguing turn of events.

WWE is in desperate need of big name CHARACTERS on the roster. The Broken Matt gimmick helped Impact Wrestling’s ratings increase, in some cases by nearly four times. We can only imagine what he will do for WWE ratings wise. Also, Hardy seems to be prepping for a prolonged feud with Bray Wyatt. Bray has been in a slump for at least two years now due to bad booking and writing. Hopefully, this will be the spark that ignites a memorable feud and a storyline that can help out several superstars on the roster.

Are you as stoked for the return of Broken Matt Hardy as we are? Let us know your thoughts.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Vicrormordoh

    December 3, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love the idea of the women gimmick..just hope they don’t ruin it like they have.bray wyatt

  2. Chris

    December 5, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    ANYTHING else out there we can cover besides WWE? So much other Wrestling out there.

  3. Jarod

    December 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Really like the articles here, but I do wonder why WWE is the only wrestling coverage? Japan and the “Indy’s” are flourishing, and with several federations working with Twitch have greatly expanded the audiences they can reach.

  4. Tron DeLapp

    December 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I really love your articles and it’s pretty clear to me that you know a lot about professional wrestling but why is it you don’t cover anything but WWE? With Chris Jericho set to face Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom as well as hosting his own wrestling cruise and Independent wrestling being more popular today than it ever has been I think it would behoove you guys to cover more than just the mainstream product. Plenty of sites cover WWE ad nauseam and you can get news on them 24/7 but hardly anyone is covering Dragon Gate, NOAH, NJPW, Defy, Wrestle Circus, Beyond Wrestling, Glory Pro, MLW, ROH, etc. A guy with your talent and a platform like TheScrumSports should be able to carve a comfortable niche for yourselves covering the entire business of wrestling instead of just focusing on the mainstream. This is just a friendly suggestion. Otherwise, you do outstanding work and I’ll be reading your articles regardless of what you cover. I just think you’re letting an opportunity slip by.

  5. Mark Bertolini

    December 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Just curious as to why you only seem to cover WWE wrestling? There’s so much more out there.

  6. j greene

    December 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Great article! Looking forward to Matts return for sure!
    Glad to see mention of Impact wrestling in there. How come you guys dont cover more of pro wrestling besides just WWE?

  7. Yoginnbo

    December 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Why do you guys only cover the fed? There are so many other shows.

  8. ThrenGrey

    December 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I’m all for “Woken” Matt Hardy if it’ll help breathe some new life into Bray Wyatt, who desperately needs it. And it makes sense that it’d be Bray to awaken Matt considering their little Twitter challenge around the Final Deletion.

    Which brings me to a question spurred by WWE utilizing a character rooted in TNA/Impact. Why do you only seem to cover WWW? There’s a wealth of great wrestling going on right now in NJPW, ROH, Progress and Lucha Underground. It’d be nice to see some coverage of Final Battle since it’s nearly here.

  9. Jamal Igle

    December 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Can we get some reporting on other promotions, like Impact, Smash Wrestling, House of hardcore or NJPW? Are you guys so bereft of ideas you can only cover the WWE?

  10. Txangel

    December 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Why do y’all only seem to cover WWE?

  11. Steve Ekstrom

    December 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I’m excited about this feud as well.

    Question:

    Why isn’t there more coverage for ROH, NJPW, TNA and other smaller wrestling operations?

  12. Jill S

    December 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I’m hoping that bringing Matt’s Woken-ness in will work as well as it did in IW, and like the above comment, won’t get ruined. On a different note, while I do enjoy these articles on WWE events and news, I’d love to see more outside of WWE, like NJPW, or anything else, as I’m not really seeing much (or any) content outside of the big dogs. What gives?

  13. Howard Beale

    December 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    I like this article, good info.

    My only complaint is that it’s WWE. It’s always WWE. I get they are the elephant — and good for them. BUT THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN!!!

    You gotta follow the WWE but how about some variety? I don’t see nearly enough of the others.

    WWE may be the biggest in the industry but they aren’t the WHOLE industry.

    Diversify the coverage. C’mon.

  14. Richard Johnson

    December 6, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Why does this site seem to only cover WWE products?

  15. Blake Beverly

    December 6, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Why are there only WWE articles here? There’s a wrestling revolution going on and it aint that!!

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