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?