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Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt set for show-stealing feud

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Something special happens every time Bray Wyatt walks out to the WWE ring. His entrance is among the finest in sports entertainment, and fans remain on his side no matter how bad his booking is or how crazy he comes across. There’s something about his character that makes you stop what you’re doing and listen whenever he’s on the screen.

He’s never been one of Vince McMahon’s guys, with his non-traditional look and insane promos, but that’s never mattered in the eyes of spectators.

The same can be said for Matt Hardy during his time with TNA. After he developed the “Broken” character, people who would have never tuned into the dying promotion otherwise felt the need to check out what the buzz was all about. From the time Hardy went all-in on this character development in 2016, fans have flocked to their screens to see what he’d do or say next.

Now, in what could eventually be viewed as a stroke of booking genius, the two men are poised for an explosive feud on Monday Night Raw. Two weeks ago, contact with Wyatt “woke” Hardy, and in the social media storm that followed, it became clear that Matt would be rolling out his “Broken” gimmick in all its glory.

Towards the end of the most recent edition of Raw, Wyatt tried to cut a promo on the Jumbotron, which was repeatedly interrupted — perhaps hacked? — by Hardy, who was full on “broken,” outfit and all.

It was arguably the highlight of a show the included a handful of intriguing story points and progressions.

Given what Wyatt and Hardy are capable of, this won’t be the last time that the two hijack a show and take part in the best segment of the evening.

By putting these two in a program together, the WWE has potentially struck gold. Both men are bonkers in their own right, and few men on Raw are more entertaining on the mic. At a time when we’re stuck with nearly an hour’s worth of Jordan to open shows, Bar vs Shield for the 1,205th(ish) time and a Kane/Strowman feud that is predictable, Wyatt and Hardy are in the position to steal the show each and every Monday night.

Sure, the in-ring work might not be of the show-stopping variety, but when’s the last time we saw two titans of character go at each other like this?

Perhaps the most intriguing part of this feud will be the lengths Wyatt and Hardy go to while trying to one-up each other. Both are remarkably creative and seem to have earned a lot of leeway with their respective characters. With just a tad bit of freedom and a mid-card in desperate need of saving, the Eater of Worlds and Woken Matt Hardy could very well be the most entertaining part of Monday nights for the foreseeable future.

Franklin Steele is the assistant editor and featured writer of FanRag Sports' NHL side. He also covers the WWE for FRSSLAM.com. Steele, who joined FanRag Sports in October 2013, has been watching and playing hockey since the age of 6. His work has also appeared on TheHockeyWriters.com, FanSided.com and Bleacher Report. All told, he has more than 3,000 bylines to his name and more than six million people have read his work since 2011. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @FranklinSteele (NHL) and @SteeleTheHeel (WWE).

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