One of the most iconic moments and greatest pops, in wrestling in recent memory for many would definitely be the return of Matt and Jeff Hardy to WWE at WrestleMania 33. While the brothers are now carving out their own paths in WWE and AEW respectively, the moment is still remembered by fans to this day as one of the most exciting ‘Mania moments in recent memory.
Two men who had a front-row seat to the reaction were Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson, who held the RAW Tag Team Championships going into the match and who were stood in the ring as that return happened in front of over 70,000 members of the WWE Universe.
Ahead of Talk ‘N Shop A Mania 2, I caught up with The Good Brothers and Rocky Romero to get the low-down on the sequel to the event they pitched as the “worst pay-per-view ever” – but I had to ask about that iconic moment, and their thoughts on what the Hardy Boyz are doing right now.
You guys had the best seat in the house for the Hardy Boyz’ return at WrestleMania 33. How much did you guys know about that, and how close to their return did you find out?
KA: “You know, to be in that ring, though, when their music hit was one of the coolest things that anybody could ever experience! For us to be in the middle of the ring when that music hit, to hear that and feel it, man, it was it was cool, man.
“We found out the day before and then history was made.
LG: “Yeah, you got to remember, like, we were buddies with the Hardy Boyz, so they were more open to tell us than the office probably was – which made it a little bit more fun. But I can still feel the chills from that pop when they made their return at WrestleMania 33. If there was a roof on that dome, it would have blown off – so it was very cool to be part of it.”
Regarding what Matt and Jeff are doing respectively now, though, the Good Brothers would remain coy, with Karl Anderson saying he’s deleted the WWE Network from his phone – but did say one major return would make him buy the pay-per-view!
I know they’re in different companies – to each other and yourselves – what are your thoughts on what they’re doing now respectively, now that they’re not a tag team?
KA: “I haven’t paid attention to either. I know. I’m happy that Jeff has been… Jeff, I’m sure, is doing something great. And Matt’s always doing something creative. I just haven’t had the chance to sit down and watch anything. We’ve actually been busy.”
RR: “Do you know if there’s any truth to the Willow in the Wisp coming back?”
KA: “If Willow in the motherf***ing Wisp comes back, I’ll buy the pay-per-view! Because I deleted the Network from my goddamn phone.”
LG: “You know, Matt and Jeff Hardy have always been good about that over their careers. They’ll go and have a big run together and then they’ll separate for a little bit. I think it’s always inevitable that you get them back together because that’s what we, as fans, like to see, is always a Hardy Boyz reunion. So there’s always going to be room in the pro wrestling landscape for that to happen. Like he said, we’ve been too f***ing busy to watch anything but I’m glad that both of those guys are doing great.”
You can read the entire interview here.
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