Twist Of Fate: The Matt/Jeff Story

In 1998, Jeff and Matt Hardy caught the eyes of then WWF and was quickly signed to the company. Prior to their official endorsement, Jeff and Matt worked as jobbers (unnamed wrestler who consistently loses to make opponent look strong) and wrestle names such as Razor Ramon, 123 Kid etc

After their contract have been inked, they formed the dynamic acrobatic tag team called the Hardy Boyz. They started out feuding with The Brood (Gangrel, Edge and Christian) before hitching Michael Hayes as their manager. On July 5, 1999 they won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating the Acolytes. The Hardyz continued their feud with Edge and Christian throughout the next two years and later, added the Dudley Boyz into the mix to form the renowned stipulation of Tables, Ladders & Chairs. By 2000, Lita (Amy Dumas) was paired with the brothers which gave birth to Team Xtreme.

In 2002, The Hardy Boyz was split due to the WWE’s brand separation; Jeff was sent to RAW while Matt to Smackdown. In the clear line of WWE’s history, tag team never last and each will always been given opportunity to compete in the singles division. As irony as it may sounds, The Hardy Boyz’s “Twist Of Fate” has literally in many sense, panned the high and lows for each Hardy. One went on to achieve great heights while the other is still struggling to make an impression.

On one side, Matt Hardy can’t seems to catch a break in his life. He has faced strong adversity, coming up from being betrayed by his beloved girlfriend, Lita, and his long time good friend, Edge, as well as a series of short term injuries that hiccup most of his career momentum. But no matter how the chips fall, Matt still troops on and holds his head up high.

Jeff, on the other hand, has caught every break in the wind. He has blown opportunity after opportunity, (drug abuse, court hearing, time off, pursuit of other interest), but still, he has never failed to get recognition from writers and management from time to time.

That got me thinking — how it is that one brother gets all the luck, while the other one always seems to get the shaft? I suppose it could just that ‘twist of fate” playing itself out. I believe I’m not the only one who feels that Matt is harder and better ring worker than Jeff. He is well equipped with ring ethnics and would sacrifice for what’s best for the business.

When the whole Lita and Edge scandal broke out years ago, Matt soldiered on and kept going. He didn’t have to play the distasteful angle out on TV, but he did anyways because it was good for business at that time. He was jobbed when he was told to do so and he did it like a man. Matt has put on so many stellar matches for Vince over the years. And how was he rewarded for his hard work? He has been fired, injured, betrayed, and brushed aside by the man he has fought for. To say the least, i believe it had bothered anyone who has a conscience.

Jeff has always been exciting to watch—there is no denying there. I’ve idolized him since the beginning. I believe he gets all the girls across the country to take a second look at him. He soars like a bird and gave wrestling a new meaning of being that daredevil. I don’t wish Jeff ill but I think he got a lot of catching up to do in his life. His free spirited persona may be cool at times, but he got to settle down. He needs to ground himself and stay focus. Jeff Hardy – these two words can have a bigger draw than John Cena, CM Punk, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle or any present main eventers. But Jeff got to commit. Why settle for second or third best, when Jeff has so much of potential to harness?

Over the years, I have seen so many tag teams come and go. Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best teams I saw emerged and flying past the rainbow of success was the Hardy Boyz. Although both men are much older than I’m but I seen their growth over the years. From the times they were puppies in the ring to the time they are now called men. I wish them both the best – to Jeff, stay clean and harness that wild potential of yours, to Matt, I hope someday your effort will pay off. And when it does, I’m be at ringside or in front of my TV screen applauding for the man I’ve grown to respect.

Like most things in life, here are the two paths of Jeff and Matt Hardy. Their journey traveled is nothing more than a Twist of Fate.

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~ by wrestlingdynasty on September 12, 2010.

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