TNA’s Final Deletion Is The Weirdest Wrestling Match Of The Year


Finally, wrestling has its own version of The Room, and it features two famous wrestling brothers jumping off of trees and shooting fireworks at each other.

Yesterday, an episode of TNA Impact aired. With so many of their top stars now lining the rosters of NXT, WWE, and Ring of Honor, their weekly programming has had to find new ways to draw in new viewers. While they’ve had modest gains by finding the bright spots in WWE castoffs like Drew Galloway, EC3, and Bobby Lashley, their true calling might be leaning into becoming wrestling’s biggest guilty pleasure. While Lucha Underground has its own level of mythology and bizarre storylines, no organization has reveled in cheesiness as much as TNA has with the recent on-screen feud between real-life wrestling brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy.

The duo made a name for themselves in the early 2000s innovating in ladder matches and main eventing a few shows. They briefly feuded at the end of their WWE run, but it didn’t really stand out from previous brother-versus-brother feuds like the Hart family or the (storyline-based) Brothers of Destruction, Kane and The Undertaker.

However, the latest chapter of the Hardys’ family feud is chock full of dramatic camera angles, poor music playing, and aerial shots of a North Carolina farm/daredevil compound. Before we get to the match, consider whetting your appetite with the contract signing, which I would have expected on the Sci-Fi channel in 1996 before TNA in 2016.

The end result (probably) of the feud is Final Deletion, a bout that will determine which brother owns the “Hardy Brand.” The result is shown below. Heck, skip to the second half because that’s where things go from a slightly-weird outdoor wrestling match to sublimely stupid action.

Par for the course for Independence Week, the fireworks fight manages to alternate between looking like something a group of suburban teenagers would do in a driveway and a pretty awesome action scene (including a boat). The switch-em-ups that pulls in Jeff Hardy’s oddball “Willow” character and Matt Hardy’s landscaper friend Senor Benjamin are the apex before Matt is inspired by his son during the fight’s conclusion. In some ways, this is the direction that TNA has desperately been seeking for years, but can anything live up to the spectacle that is this Hardy feud?

What do you think of Final Deletion? Are you digging TNA’s acceptance of weirdness or is wrestling above this kind of storytelling?

5 thoughts on “TNA’s Final Deletion Is The Weirdest Wrestling Match Of The Year

  1. Yes it was a glorious match. Matt Hardy truly is the greatest Hardy. With this version and Matt Hardy V1 he’s hilarious. Makes me want to watch his V1 run.

  2. Loved the build up to it but honestly? The actual match was the most amateurish windows backyard movie maker bullshit ive ever seen. Like they saw a Lucha Underground segment and thought ‘Hey i’ve got $100 and a garden lets have a crack.’ Let me stress that i’m not some Jim Cornette mark who thinks wrasslin should be serious, the drone shit and the matt hologram was fuckin great, loved the contract signing and i absolutely think theres a place in wrestling for stuff like that but man that match was underwhelming. I stayed up til 4am and watched an entire fuckin tna show with fucking billy corgan/dixie carter segments (UGHHHHHHHHHH) to see it. Buy maybe i’m being too harsh. I dont think it was ever gonna match up to the hype…

  3. Thank you Dave, im sitting at home with a really bad toothach feeling misserable and this was actually able too make me smile. Lol “its a dilapidated boat.”

  4. Great match? Promo? Segment? Mini movie?
    What ever it was, it was thoroughly entertaining.
    My favourite parts were:
    – The drone fleet complete with holo projector
    – Matt riding the lawnmower straight through Jeff’s garden art, acting like a Bond villain
    – The whole fireworks show (” Oh shit”; ” Damn right, oh shit”)
    – And of course the dilapidated boat

    How did they get Dixie to sign of on this??
    My guess is that one of the stipulations for the Hardys staying in TNA was complete artistic freedom.

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