Bray Wyatt Helps Matt Hardy Win Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2018

Matt Hardy arrives on the ring during WWE show at Zenith Arena on May 10, 2017 in Lille, northern France. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Just as he promised he would, Matt Hardy deleted the competition before procuring the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday.

Hardy last eliminated former Battle Royal winner Baron Corbin to win the match, and he received a helping hand from Bray Wyatt, whom he had defeated in the Ultimate Deletion at the Hardy compound last month.

Wyatt received the End of Days for his trouble, but the distraction meant Corbin took his eyes off Hardy momentarily. That allowed Hardy enough time to catch his breath and prepare for an attack by Corbin, which he countered and dumped The Lone Wolf over the top rope.

WWE showed Hardy and Wyatt celebrating in the ring:

Hardy's hopes of lifting the trophy appeared to be fading when Corbin and Mojo Rawley combined forces to focus their efforts on the "Woken" one. However, Wyatt arrived to even the odds and provide Hardy the necessary reinforcements to be the last man standing.

After months of feuding, Hardy and Wyatt look to be on the same side. Perhaps the Lake of Reincarnation left an impact on the former WWE champion, and that may spell trouble for the Raw tag team division.

Both Rawley and Dolph Ziggler were among the top performers in a losing effort to kick off the WrestleMania pre-show. Rawley impressed by virtue of nearly lasting until the end for the second year in a row, while Ziggler had a number of near-misses as he somehow stayed in the ring after nearly touching the floor with both feet.

Rawley in particular had a fun moment when he saved Ziggler from the Broski Boot. As Zack Ryder was running across the ring to deliver the move, Rawley shoulder-blocked his former tag team partner over the top rope:

Clearly, the bad blood between Rawley and Ryder has yet to subside, their rivalry may continue to be a storyline on SmackDown Live. 

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