Sometimes WWE just gets it right.
As much as fans want to criticize the world's largest pro wrestling company, and as much as that criticism is often well deserved, there are moments when everything goes perfectly. That's precisely what happened when the Hardy Boyz returned to WWE at WrestleMania 33.
Matt and Jeff have been the talk of the wrestling world for the better part of a year, and with good reason. The brothers completely reinvented themselves after years of running basically the same gimmicks.
The funny part is, it all could have failed miserably.
"Broken" Matt Hardy was perhaps the riskiest gimmick that's ever been attempted since Goldust. Matt put everything he had into the character, he poured his heart and soul into it, and kept working hard to get it over.
He believed, and he wanted the fans to believe as well.
That was not the case in the beginning though.Many fans laughed at the concept, and verbally assaulted Matt on social media. He sat back, in character, and took every piece of negativity that was thrown in his direction.
He took it all and he kept going. He never let it phase him, and he never let it change his mind. He knew that with enough work and enough time, that he would eventually connect to the audience.
Much like Dustin Rhodes, Matt Hardy did just that.
Fans accepted him because it was foolish not to. Matt was having a blast in his new role and the best part about it? He created it himself. He didn't need a creative team to write the idea on paper and hand it to him. It wasn't decided by committee. This was all Matt, and he made it work.
Now he's one of the most over talents in the industry, and Jeff has followed right along with him. For a change, Matt has been the top guy of the team and that will surely continue now. Fans love the gimmick, they love Matt, and they love that the brothers are once again back in WWE.
Of course the company did not have to bring them back. More often than not, WWE chooses to go in the complete opposite direction from what fans want. If the the crowd loves it, then WWE closes its eyes and looks away.
Fans are not only used to that reaction, they expect it.
But The Hardy Boyz are the exception to the rule. Matt and Jeff tore the house down at WrestleMania, and they will do so every time the step into the ring for WWE. The crowd wants them. The duo is firing on all cylinders. This is the kind of comeback that fans love, and it has become the feelgood story in the industry.
Matt and Jeff are home, and they did it on their terms. Fans are ecstatic, and they should be. WWE made the right move and with any luck, those kinds of moves will continue well past WrestleMania.