With so many comparisons being made between the WrestleMania 36 “Boneyard Match” and Matt Hardy’s “Final Deletion,” it was only a matter of time before the Broken One responded. Hardy took to Twitter on Saturday night to give his opinion on the matter.
“My twitter feed exploded,” Hardy said. “Thanks for all the love folks. I’m truly honored. Cinematic matches 100% work with the right characters, scenario & fanbase – I envisioned them as a new branch of pro wrestling years ago. Much like TLC did, The #BROKEN Universe will leave its mark.”
Some fans would argue that Hardy, now in AEW, put the cinematic match on the map back in 2016 with the release of “The Final Deletion.” The bout featured Matt taking on his brother Jeff at the Hardy Compound in Cameron, North Carolina. The two of them were battling for the right to use the Hardy name. They were in IMPACT Wrestling at the time.
WWE‘s Boneyard Match saw “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles take on The Undertaker in a cemetery somewhere, possibly outside the Performance Center in Orlando. Many of the production elements and shots that WWE used were similar to the stuff seen in Final Deletion but on a much larger scale.
Hardy said Sunday that he definitely saw the similarities between the two matches. The 45-year-old offered a hat tip to WWE producers, including senior director of content and development Jeremy Borash, who worked with Hardy in IMPACT and helped produce the Final Deletion.
“Have to acknowledge the brilliance of @JeremyBorash & @paredysexoxo, who I worked with to create the original Cinematic DELETION matches in 2016,” Hardy tweeted. “They are both visionaries. After watching the #BoneyardMatch, which was excellent, I can clearly see their influence on it.”
The Show of Shows moved to a two-day schedule this year in wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s being filmed at the WWE Performance Center without a live audience.
former WWE star Matt Hardy gave his opinion on the comparisons being made between “The Final Deletion” and WWE's “Boneyard Match.”