When the Hardy Boyz (let’s be honest; Hardy Men) shocked the world with their WWE return at WrestleMania 33, even the fans who were convinced that it was going to happen leapt out of their seats in surprise. You know; metaphorically, at least. But it turns out we weren’t the only ones who didn’t know about it.
We already got confirmation from Corey Graves that the announcers (as tends to be the case) weren’t clued in on the big return.
But how about the three men in what was supposed to be a Triple Threat ladder match for the tag titles? Surely they would have been given advance notice so they had time to plan and be mentally prepared, right? Well, yes and no. As Karl Anderson explained in an interview with USA Today, the Hardys’ opponents were clued in, but it was only a matter of hours beforehand.
We found out a couple of hours before we had to work. We had some kind of expectation because the rumors were flying for a couple of weeks. The day of is when we got word they were coming. We were all very happy with it.
At the end of the day, Jeff and Matt Hardy helped make the WWE tag team division what it is. The ladder tag team matches they had at WrestleMania in the past made those matches famous. Being in there at WrestleMania with Matt and Jeff Hardy was an honor in itself. It was a great moment to be part of and I’m glad we got that.
It’s nice to know that even despite “sports entertainment” and all that jazz (not to mention stunts granny), WWE still tries to take pains to create genuine surprises in the year 2017, not just for the fans, but for the roster as well. Anderson makes it sound like even though it was the first WrestleMania for the Club and for Enzo Amore and Big Cass, everyone was just happy to be in the ring with one of the most popular tag teams of all time as they made their grand return. That’s a pretty decent WrestleMania moment in itself.