Hardy Boys' Most Memorable Matches, Moments in WrestleMania History

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

Hardy Boys' Most Memorable Matches, Moments in WrestleMania History

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    There are few tag teams in WWE history that can claim to have had the sustained popularity and success of the Hardy Boys. 

    Since making their WWE debut in 1998, Matt and Jeff Hardy have been among the biggest wrestling stars in the world for the past 20 years as a team and in singles competition. Jeff even reached a point when he was given the WWE championship by beating Triple H and Edge in a Triple Threat match at Armageddon in 2008. 

    WrestleMania has also played an integral role in the Hardys' ability to stay at a main-event level for two decades.

    Following a seven-year stint in TNA from 2010-17, the Hardys made a triumphant return to WWE at WrestleMania 33 last April.

    In addition to that incredible moment in Orlando, there are so many WrestleMania moments the Hardys have provided the WWE universe that it's time to look back at the best of the best. 

The Start of a Historic Rivalry

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    WrestleMania 2000 was the first-ever meeting between the Hardy Boys, Dudley Boys and Edge and Christian in a triangle ladder match for the WWE tag team titles. 

    The match was an incredible display of athleticism and high spots, as was often the case when these three teams hooked up. Jeff did what would become a signature spot in their matches, diving off a ladder through Bubba Ray Dudley and a table. 

    Edge and Christian would eventually win the match by grabbing the titles, but that's immaterial because of what this match meant in the annals of WWE history. This ladder match was built more around spots than telling a story, yet these teams never lost the audience because of how incredible the action was for more than 20 minutes. 

    WWE capitalized on the popularity of this match by creating a new match that built around gimmicks that utilized the specialty of all three teams.

Hardys vs. Dudleys vs. Edge and Christian, Part III

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    Coming off the success of the WrestleMania ladder match, WWE created the TLC match featuring the Hardys, Dudleys and Edge and Christian at SummerSlam 2000.

    It was a logical gimmick match for this feud since the Hardys specialize in high spots off ladders, the Dudleys made a living off putting anyone they could get their hands on through a table, and Edge and Christian had a knack for attacking their opponents with chairs. 

    The trilogy between the two teams concluded at WrestleMania X-Seven in 2001. There are spots from this match that have been featured prominently in WWE highlight reels for the past 17 years, including Edge jumping off a ladder to spear Jeff as he was hanging in the air clutching the tag title belts. 

    Edge and Christian would again win the match, but by the time this bout came to an end, the crowd of 67,925 in attendance at the Astrodome gave all six stars an ovation for putting on one of the best displays of hardcore wrestling in WWE history. 

Jeff Hardy Leg-Drops Edge Through a Table

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    If the first two matches discussed are classic WrestleMania staples, the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 23 doesn't stack up to either of those in overall quality or historic relevance. 

    It does, however, feature a vintage ladder match moment from Jeff. It's also not a surprise that Edge is involved, since those two had a knack for finding each other at WrestleMania through the early- and mid-2000s.  

    Matt placed Edge on top of a ladder that was set up in a horizontal position between the edge of the ring and the barricade in front of the crowd. Jeff climbed a ladder he set up in the ring and dropped his legs across Edge's body, resulting in the ladder breaking in half. 

    Mr. Kennedy would go on to capture the briefcase as part of a planned push that never materialized, but Jeff throwing caution to the wind on the grandest stage in wrestling was the most memorable moment of the match. 

Brother vs. Brother

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    WWE tried on multiple occasions to separate the Hardys, turning them into singles superstars. Matt never got a strong push on his own, as evidenced by the way Edge buried him after he returned to the company in 2005. 

    Jeff reached a level of popularity with the audience that WWE put him in multiple main events, including defending the WWE championship against Edge at the 2009 Royal Rumble. 

    WWE decided to build a singles match between the Hardys at WrestleMania 25 by having Matt turn on Jeff at that Rumble show, allowing Edge to regain the title.

    Their WrestleMania showdown was, fittingly, an Extreme Rules match that featured some of their signature spots, including Jeff taking a bump through tables after jumping off the top rope. Matt earned the win by hitting his brother with a twist of fate after placing his head in a steel chair. 

    The match itself wasn't nearly as good as it could have been, due in part because it felt like their time was cut and spots were rushed, but it was no worse than the third-best match on the show after Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker and the Money in the Bank bout. 

The Return

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    Jeff left WWE in the summer of 2009, with Matt following him one year later. They would spend most of their time until 2017 wrestling in TNA, with Matt leaving on a high note after creating the "Broken Matt Hardy" gimmick. 

    Prior to the Raw tag team title ladder match at WrestleMania 33, the New Day announced the match was being changed from a Triple Threat to a fatal four way. The crowd in Orlando began buzzing with anticipation before exploding when the familiar sound of the Hardy Boys music hit. 

    If the only thing Matt and Jeff had done was come out onto the entrance ramp, it would've been the best thing on the show. They proceeded to give the other teamsCesaro and Sheamus, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson—a lesson in working a ladder match. 

    Jeff pulled out one of his signature spots when he jumped off the top of a ladder, falling onto Sheamus and Cesaro after they had been set up on separate ladder bridges on the outside of the ring. Matt proceeded to grab the title belts, giving the Hardys their first WWE tag title reign since 2007.