The Hardy Boyz
Is it really cheating to have two wrestlers together in my list? Yes, yes it is. Hideous cheating. But I make no concessions, because Jeff and Matt Hardy on their own are only okay, whilst The Hardy Boyz are flipping fantastic. High-flyers, that’s the term for then, because they are both well-known for getting up onto the turnbuckles and performing elaborate, complex, and downright stupid manoeuvres. As with Shane, the Hardy Boyz are mentalists who are perfectly willing to completely destroy their bodies in exchange for the love of a crowd. My time had them teamed up with Lita, the only female wrestler who could actually wrestle in any way, shape, or form, and the trio together are responsible for some of the best matches the WWF ever had. The TLC match (tables, ladders, chairs, that is) came about partly because of them. While Edge & Christian contributed the chairs, and the Dudley Boyz the tables, it was the Hardy Boyz who really made the matches stand out. Just take a look at some of the falls they took (they’re the ones with red/black hair):
Unlike Shane, though, the Hardy Boyz were also fulltime wrestlers. They fought as a team, and individually, creating many famous moves and adding new spins on established ones. Jeff Hardy put in ‘The Swanton Bomb’, where he flips in the air and lands on the opponent with his head first, and Matt Hardy created ‘The Twist Of Fate’, which flips someone round before smashing their face to the mat. Both became much loved, and as a team they made a great trifecta with E&C/The Dudleyz. They’re still going now, and Jeff and Matt have individually won great matches against people like Triple H, Kane, Rob Van Dam – they’re two of the most popular wrestlers around, and by God, they’ve had to earn it.