WRESTLING: How I would book a BROKEN Hardy Boyz VS Wyatt Family feud. (If The Hardy Boyz win their court case with Anthem.)
Like everyone, I was shocked and excited when The Hardy Boyz made their return at Wrestlemania 33. Coming out in their old Team X-Treme gimmick, while still dabbling slightly into the BROKEN Hardys shtick. A combination of the old and new I love it.
Everyone who's ever seen their more recent TNA/Impact Wrestling and ROH storylines and matches as the BROKEN Hardys wants them to continue those wacky yet ominous antics praying to their 7 Deities and teleporting via their trusty drone Vanguard1 etc, but there's a major roadblock halting The Hardy Boyz from ever showcasing their TNA born BROKEN Brilliance to the WWE Universe. Anthem. The owners of TNA. Even if Reby and Matt Hardy created the BROKEN Hardys gimmick and lore and hold trademarks in the cash cow TNA tipped off the cliff.
Due to these legal battles, it's a mystery whether or not we'll ever see their BROKEN Brilliance again, but if The Hardys win full rights to the BROKEN gimmick, (which I hope they do and they should win the court case,) I have some exciting ideas for a BROKEN Hardys VS Wyatt Family feud. I hope I don't get too convoluted.
First, let's split up the sides of the build up.
Smackdown Live: Bo Dallas joins The Wyatt Family.
Come WWE Draft, draft Bo Dallas to Smackdown Live. Eventually build up a mid card feud between Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas. Have Bo explain in a pre taped backstage interview that they're real life brothers and both third generation superstars from the Rotundo family. Have him reveal that when Bray was once Husky Harris of The Nexus, and when Randy Orton punted him in the head, he went into a coma for a week and got amnesia. He didn't know who he was, he was released from his WWE contract, and he became a drifter roaming the backwoods of Lafayette Louisiana until a strange woman took him into a creepy strange cult much like the one he runs. She treated him like a little brother. That woman was Abigail Wyatt. She brainwashed him, made him believe he was this new man Bray Wyatt with a dark past of murdering his abusive father in a fire, and taught him everything he knows about the dark arts and spreading the word of hatred and fear. And when she passed away, she never went to the afterlife, but just haunted his lantern he carries to the ring providing all the dark powers he needs to control and brainwash the masses. Which would explain that whole hologram bullshit from Hell In A Cell 2014 and his ability to possess children.
Have the two feud for a few PPVs and Network specials with Bo playing the frightened but determined babyface that just wants his brother back, and Bray just being spooky old Bray. Have Bray beat Bo in every match they have be it singles or tag, and eventually kidnap him with the help of his followers at Summer Slam brainwashing Bo into becoming a Wyatt himself fighting on his brother's side and actually winning matches as a more spooky Wyatt version of his current angry rhyming "Bolieve In Bo" gimmick. No longer carrying around that now several months out of date Trump campaign parody sign. Even Te-Boing to the lantern as Eric Rowan tilts his head in the creepy sheep mask and Bray still does his "follow the buzzards" shtick with his arms reached out. It would be a great eerie visual.
Once they're united as both blood and kayfabe brothers, have the team of Bo and Bray capture the Smackdown Live Tag Team Titles.
While all of this is going on, here's the Raw build up.
Monday Night Raw: The Hardy Boyz become BROKEN
Let them introduce the BROKEN gimmick if (and hopefully when) they win the court case with Anthem. That's basically it really. There's nobody better to plan the BROKEN WWE debut than Matt, Jeff and Rebecca Hardy. Just as long as the change is gradual and coincides with Bo and Bray's feud and eventual brotherly union, and we see as much of the BROKEN gimmicks as possible like Vanguard1 and King Maxel and Senior Benjamin and as long as a majority of their segments are filmed at the Hardy Compound just like it was on Impact, then you can't go wrong with it. Pure genius Hardy creative magic.
Once they have shown their BROKEN Brilliance in an official fashion, have them still be Raw Tag Team Champions by Survivor Series season in some capacity. Whether they lose and regain them or hold onto the belts for the rest of the year, they gotta be champions for this an I'll explain why.
Build up to their first clash at Survivor Series.
Come Survivor Series season, announce on Raw that the World Heavyweight and Universal titles, and both sets of Tag and Women's belts will be unified at Survivor Series if they aren't already. While still keeping Raw and Smackdown Live split of course as it's exceeded my low expectations and has already blown the past brand split eras out of the water. With two rosters sharing belts, this leads to better and more buzzworthy cross-promotional feuds, more invasions, and it adds even more honor to either roster whenever a title switches rosters. This already would be a great catalyst to the BROKEN Hardy VS Wyatt Family feud, if the teams still belong to separate rosters after the Superstar Shakeup.
On Smackdown Live, open the show with The Wyatt Family already in the ring lit by nothing but spotlights and fireflies like any Bray Wyatt promo. Have Bray Wyatt cut his usual shtick about being the eater of worlds and that he is a god yadda yadda. And right as he says "Follow! The Buz-" have Matt and Jeff Hardy interrupt him with pre-taped footage from the Hardy Compound on the titan tron. Questioning if Bray's powers are indeed that strong, touting their BROKEN Brilliance and claiming "You may be the eater of world aaaah yeeees, but The Hardy Boyz are the greatest tag team of all space and time! Our broken brilliance cannot be eaten, we will eat you! And then, DELETE you!" Have them go back and forth trading catch phrases and gimmicks and claims of eating worlds and DELETING people, just pull out all the stops with the promo. Both teams acting like gods among men. Both teams claiming they are the ture WWE World Tag Team Champions. End the promo with Bray claiming "The powers Sister Abigail has blessed us with are a virus that can never be deleted!" and The BROKEN Hardys singing "The soul of Sister Abigail will fade away and classify itself as OBSOLETE!" It will be absolutely perfect.
In the following weeks, have both teams use their powers on each other interfering in their matches, pranking each other in the corridors backstage, winning some matches and losing others at a perfectly even record, cutting epic goofy yet eerie awesome promos on each other every chance they get, until it all accumulates in an average singles encounter at Survivor Series.
Survivor Series: Have their first encounter be an Extreme Rules Match.
Don't make it a retread of DELETE Or DECAY. but make this a title unification tornado tag street fight of some kind making sure nobody gets severely injured. It will get the crowd really excited, and it will give us a taste of what's to come later. Have The Wyatt Family score the victory for Smackdown Live with help from Eric Rowan.
The Royal Rumble: Continue the Hardy VS Wyatt shenanigans.
Post-Survivor Series, you can build this up with The BROKEN Hardys pissed as hell that they lost on a fluke, but determined to procure the gold once again. But shake things up by entering Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas and Eric Rowan all in the Royal Rumble match. The next several weeks really write themselves. Both teams claiming either one of them will win the Royal Rumble, complete solidarity between The BROKEN Hardy Boyz, complete solidarity among The Wyatt Family, both teams appearing on both shows to brawl after matches, good stuff.
Then at the Royal Rumble, have none of them win the Rumble itself. Instead, have them brawl in and outside of the ring all Rumble long constantly exiting and entering through the middle rope, have all members of both teams eliminate each other one by one, have them brawl all the way up the titan tron and through the crowd with nobody being able to catch up once they exit as the Rumble continues, and then after the Rumble winner's celebratory pyro and pomp and circumstance, have the cameras finally catch up to them battling in the parking lot as Vanguard1 swoops in to save The BROKEN Hardy Boyz from certain doom. Have Bray say "You can run Hardys, but you can never hide!" laughing as he and Bo just disappear in a crowd of Wyatt followers donned in sheep masks. Flash that "DEHHH!" Wyatt Family transition, cut back to the Rumble winner still celebrating, end show.
Build up to Wrestlemania.
For the next several PPVs, continue the feud not only with the usual in ring or titan tron promos and interferences, but also some minor cross promotional singles matches on the minor PPVs like Elimination Chamber and Fastlane. Who wouldn't want to see a singles bout between Bray Wyatt and BROKEN Matt Hardy? Or Jeff Hardy and a creepy Wyatt Bo Dallas? These matches should all be regular matches with no extra gimmicks or stipulations. And air more Impact style pre-taped promos from The Hardy Compound and The Wyatt Family abode with their respective production styles and gimmicks. Really make it just as eerie, yet silly, yet awesome as the Hardys VS Decay feud. Just replace the child abduction with follower brain washing. As Vanguard1 sneaks into The Wyatt's swamp to teleport a follower or two to the arena or The Hardy Compound to have Bray's effects on them DELETED. And The Wyatts can return the favor by kidnapping a Jeff Hardy fangirl decked out in full Jeff Hardy gear to brain wash her, then later she appears wearing a black rope and sheep's mask distracting Jeff in a match. It would be silly, but it would work.
In the weeks before Wrestlemania, have The BROKEN Hardys challenge The Wyatt Family to a TLC match for the WWE World Tag Team Titles. Have The Wyatt Family accept, and officially promote their final encounter as DELETE THE BUZZARDS.
Wrestlemania: DELETE THE BUZZARDS.
This is the match where you pull out all the stops. Tables, ladders, chairs, some other miscellaneous objects, Wyatt Family spooky effects, indie people and under carders dressed like Wyatt followers and Hardy fans brawling in the arena after the entrances, the works. And book a spot in the middle where they all brawl all over the arena all the way backstage, where they cut to pre-taped footage of them brawling in the parking lot and get teleported by Vanguard1 to The Wyatt Family's swamp where they brawl all over the grass, some broken down cars, the burnt down barn where Sister Abigail was buried, get some indie wrestlers to portray the ghost of Sister Abigail, some demons and the 7 Deities brawling in the sky, some Creatures Of The Night and Wyatt Followers brawling in the backround, make it as lovably silly and eerie as possible. Then they touch Vanguard1. And they get teleported to The Hardy Compound where they brawl all the way to a lone ring in Matt Hardy's backyard just like the last several BROKEN Hardys battles on Impact complete with a few gags in The Lake Of Reincarnation and assists from Senior Benjamin, Skarsgård, Itchweeed, Reby Hardy, Vanguard1 and King Maxel. Then they get teleported back to the arena where they brawl all the way down the ramp covered in dirt and grass. As silly as this would be, it would give these guys a chance to take a breather so they can do even more cool spots in the actual arena. this will be the most talked about storyline match in history. It's tacky sure, but just the right kind of tacky.
End the match with Bo Dallas getting zapped with a taser by a ringside Senior Benjamin, coming to his senses, turning on Bray Wyatt by pushing him off a ladder through some tables and a commentary booth, and The BROKEN Hardy Boyz winning the WWE World Tag Team Champions. The Wyatt Family being (in the Hardys' minds) DELETED, everyone goes home happy, and it would be the greatest Wyatt Family feud and BROKEN Hardy Boyz chapter, of all time.
So what do you think? Give me your thoughts in the description. I bet this read like a mad lib fan fiction but I think it can make millions of dollars.