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Matt and Jeff Hardy Back To The WWE In 2013?

November 29, 2012 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE Attitude Era is in the midst of a bit of a resurgence thanks to the WWE 13 video game. Maybe that is why fans are clamoring for a return to the WWE of one of their favorite Attitude Era tag teams. According to one half of that team, that reunion may come sooner than you think.

Matt Hardy has been making the rounds of pro wrestling podcasts and radio shows lately. Matt is often asked about reuniting with his brother Jeff Hardy but the question is generally more wishful thinking than reality. Fortunately for fans of the Hardy Boys that reality is dictating a much different answer to this often asked question.

Matt was asked about reuniting with Jeff in the WWE in 2013 on the Passing The Torch radio show and his answer is making plenty of news this week.

“Very likely!”

The possibility is certainly a reality with Matt being a free agent and Jeff’s contract coming up in a couple of months. It can’t make TNA Wrestling officials happy that there world champion’s brother is publicly indicating that their champion is very likely to be WWE bound in 2013. Jeff has remained rather mum on his plans but this would be the first big indicator that the WWE is looking to get back into the Hardy business.

Now at the same time I don’t want to lose sight here in that Matt may be doing some fine negotiating work for his brother. Jeff has said all of the right things when asked about staying in TNA. Maybe Matt is dropping this bomb in hopes of getting TNA to increase their offer? I would not be surprised to see Jeff repudiate this publicly, yet be all on board behind the scenes.

Ironically when it comes to Jeff and Matt it is Matt that comes with more questions this time around. For years Matt was always regarded as the level-headed anchor of the two while Jeff marched to the beat of his own drum. Unfortunately Matt has had some serious struggles in recent years that while he looks fantastic in recent months on the independent circuit, the WWE would certainly have to proceed with caution.

The other thing with Matt is that he has publicly retired from full-time wrestling. Matt has said that his body couldn’t handle a full-time wrestling schedule at this stage of the game. So a reunion would have to be a one-night only deal as opposed to the Hardy brothers actually returning to full-time competition. The WWE aren’t keen on offering guys part time deals unless their names are The Rock and Brock Lesnar. While I could see the WWE going with a one-night return of the Hardys, I would be surprised to see them back as a full time duo.

Jeff has also proven himself as a major draw in the WWE as a singles star. I would have to think that if Jeff comes back, he’s immediately in the mix for a WWE championship. The reunion would be fun, but his money is as a top singles draw for the WWE. Jeff has had his own issues including past strikes on the Wellness Policy during his previous run in the WWE. However, the WWE will always give him chances and I would be surprised if they don’t make him a serious offer.

My prediction is that you will see both Hardy brothers back in the WWE in 2013. I think Jeff takes what will probably be either the last or second to last big money deal he’ll have the chance to sign as a pro wrestler and return to the WWE, while Matt makes sporadic appearances (maybe the Royal Rumble perhaps?)

2013 could be a very interesting year if the WWE can get back the Hardys.

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Eric Gargiulo

Eric Gargiulo is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia.

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