« on: September 12, 2016, 09:38:33 PM »
Yes, he quite obviously is! Now let's work backwards from the answer. The point of a match is tell a compelling and entertaining story of conflict and triumph. "But what's your motivation?" That's the standard refrain of anyone watching your standard WWE
shitshow match. Why are these two people fighting? What are the stakes, and why should I care? Occasionally you'll have a Ric Flair retirement match which provides a sufficiently effective hook, but the vast majority of matches are literally time-fillers.
Now when you're dealing with worked fights, the story is everything; therefore, if you can't construct some semblance of a narrative requiring this fight to take place it runs the risk of falling flat. The Cruiserweight Classic had compelling stakes which is why the emotional investment was so real, and the payoff when Hunter comes out is so significant.
Pro wrestling promotions are required to either create the perception of these stakes or entertain you with some unique attraction. Unfortunately WWE lacks the creativity or the vision to give you anything that really builds up a match and develops the ongoing saga taken place between the combatants. Bayley/Sasha Banks in Brooklyn isn't walking through that door!
Fortunately for all of us I knew Matt Hardy would come. Matt Hardy is single-handedly masterminding the most creative and involved productions in the history of the business, PERIOD!!! Now I knew he was an evil genius when he literally forced Vince to feature him when he committed to attacking Edge at every opportunity, but now he's literally constructed, not a kayfabe persona, but in fact a whole kayfabe parallel universe in which he can bring other workers and craft compelling storylines. Broken Matt is almost out of place in the arena, because his Broken brilliance can't flourish in the confines of the ring.
This reminds me of when Undertaker fought Mankind in a dungeon. Mankind was able to get his character over so well that the ridiculous idea actually turned out to be the more plausible alternative. That was a more compelling match than their steel cage match wherein Mick tried to commit suicide on PPV just to get the match over. The match wasn't as compelling as it was when the kayfabe was used to manifest an alternate reality in which the persona became real and kayfabe no longer existed. THAT'S the sweet spot!
That brings me to Broken Matt's recent production: DELETE or DECAY. I basically ignore TNA (and pro wrestling in general for that matter), but when I watched the epic that was DoD the direction was so good that it sold the menace and threat of Rosemary's intentions, and got her motivations over extremely well.
Furthermore, Matt Hardy is the single funniest pro wrestler going right now. He's doing training camps with a Kangaroo and getting advice from Giraffes. Brilliant! He's so committed to getting his storyline over and never shortchanges on the selling and embodying the Broken brilliance.
The result is a production that created a legit conflict with well-earned tension and credibility. Prior in-ring promos were irrelevant, because the "keep it simple stupid" plot is clearly spelled out in ominous terms from the outset via Señor Benjamin. So many different cool horror elements combined with the callbacks from Final Deletion made this the best thing in pro wrestling in the last few years. I challenge you to provide evidence to the contrary.