Hardy Boyz

The Hardy Boyz (also known as the The Hardys and Team Xtreme) are an on-and-off professional wrestling tag team in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that consists of real life brothers Matt and Jeff Hardy, who work on the ECW and SmackDown brands, respectively.

They first began teaming together in 1993 in independent promotions in North Carolina, winning the NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship in NWA 2000, and founded the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts, where they held the OMEGA Tag Team Championship. They signed contracts with WWE in 1998, and were given Michael Hayes as their Manager. After dumping Hayes, they had a quick stint with Gangrel, and then Terri, before gaining a permanent manager in their real-life friend Lita. The addition of Lita led to them being renamed "Team Xtreme". They split in 2002, but reunited in 2006 to feud with MNM, before focusing on their singles careers again in 2007, although they still occasionally team together.

The Hardy Boyz gained fame for their participation in ladder matches and Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches (TLC matches). Overall, in WWE they are 6-time World Tag Team Champions and former WCW World Tag Team Champions. Both brothers also won singles championships during their run as a tag team.


Independent circuit (1993–1998)

Matt and his real-life brother Jeff Hardy formed a tag team in 1993 after Jeff's debut in Trampoline Wrestling Federation (TWF). The promotion went by several names, and in 1997, it was more modernized as Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA). The duo worked in several North Carolinian independent promotions holding the OMEGA Tag Team Championship and NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment

Rise to popularity

Originally the brothers competed as teenagers in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as jobbers—wrestlers who consistently lose to make their opponents look stronger—both in singles and tag team competition. After being signed to a contract in 1998, they were trained by Dory Funk, Jr. in his Funkin' Dojo.

The Hardy Boyz started their run as a popular tag team with a win over Kaientai (Mens Teioh and Shoichi Funaki) on the September 27, 1998 episode of Sunday Night Heat. Soon after their Sunday Night Heat win, they built up a fan base following through their high-flying tag team tactics. They started to become serious contenders for the Tag Team Championship after they became managed by Michael Hayes, formerly a member of The Fabulous Freebirds. On the June 29, 1999 edition of Raw is War (aired July 5), they defeated The A.P.A. (Farooq and Bradshaw) to win their first WWF Tag Team Championship, but they lost the title back to The A.P.A. a little less than a month later at Fully Loaded.

They eventually dumped Hayes as their manager in August 1999, becoming villains and briefly associating themselves with Gangrel as part of The New Brood. After winning a series of matches against the team of Edge and Christian—dubbed the "Terri Invitational Tournament"—they won the services of Terri Runnels as their manager by winning the first ever tag team ladder match at No Mercy. The fans also gave both teams a standing ovation the next night on Raw is War. This began an over two year rivalry between the Hardyz and the team of Edge and Christian. During this time, they also gained notoriety as a stable with Lita.

Team Xtreme

With the addition of Lita, Matt and Jeff comprised the trio dubbed Team Xtreme, their name serving as a reflection of their "extreme" high-flying moves. In 2000, they were involved in feuds with Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) in many ladder matches and TLC matches.

They faced Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz at WrestleMania 2000 in a triple threat tag team ladder match. The Dudley Boyz started the match as the champions, and Edge and Christian won the title. The Hardyz faced Edge and Christian for the title at Insurrextion and defeated them by disqualification, which meant that Edge and Christian retained the title. At King of the Ring, the Hardy Boyz squared off in a Four Corners Elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship which included the champions Too Cool (Brian Christopher and Scotty 2 Hotty), T & A (Test and Albert) and Edge and Christian. The Hardyz were able to eliminate T & A before getting eliminated themselves by Edge and Christian.

At SummerSlam, the Hardy Boyz were defeated in the first ever TLC match for the WWF Tag Team Championship along with champions Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz. At Unforgiven, however, the Hardy Boyz defeated Edge and Christian in a steel cage match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship for a second time. They lost the title back to Edge and Christian (who were dressed as Los Conquistadores) at No Mercy, but they won the titles back the next night on Raw for a third time. During the match, the Hardy Boyz were dressed as Los Conquistadores, but tore off their masks after the match, revealing themselves. The team lost the title less than a month later to Right to Censor (Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather) on the November 6, 2000 edition of Raw is War, when Edge and Christian came out and assaulted the Hardyz, allowing Right to Censor to pick up the win and the tag team title.

The Hardyz became involved in a feud with both Edge and Christian and Right to Censor. At Survivor Series, the Hardyz along with the Dudleyz defeated Edge and Christian and Right to Censor in a Survivor Series elimination match. At Rebellion, the Hardy Boyz faced Right to Censor in a rematch for the titles but were unable to win the titles when Val Venis interfered. On the December 4 edition of Raw is War, Dean Malenko defeated the Hardy Boyz' valet Lita to retain the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship and earn himself a date with her three days later on SmackDown!. On the December 7 edition of SmackDown!, however, when Malenko took Lita on a date, he received a beating from the Hardyz. The Hardyz began feuding with Malenko and his friends, The Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn). The two teams faced each other in several tag team and singles matches on editions of Raw and SmackDown!. The two teams also squared off against each other at Armageddon with Guerrero, Malenko and Saturn taking on the Hardyz and Lita. The Radicalz won the match.

On March 5, 2001, on Raw the Hardy Boyz captured their fourth WWF Tag Team Championship when they defeated The Dudley Boyz, after interference from Christian, only to lose the titles to Edge and Christian two weeks later on Raw. The next month at WrestleMania X-Seven, the Hardy Boyz again competed in another TLC match against Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz. Just as in the first TLC match, Edge and Christian were victorious thanks to help from Rhyno.

On the October 8 edition of Raw, the Hardy Boyz won the WCW World Tag Team Championship from Booker T and Test. They lost the title to the Dudley Boyz two weeks later. On the November 12 edition of Raw, they beat Booker T and Test again, but this time for the WWF Tag Team Championship. At Survivor Series, they lost the title to the Dudleys in a Steel Cage title unification match.

At No Way Out, the Hardyz participated in a Tag Team Turmoil match which was won by the A.P.A. At WrestleMania X8, along with the A.P.A. and the Dudley Boyz, the Hardyz challenged Billy and Chuck for the WWF Tag Team Championship in a Four Corners elimination match. The A.P.A. were eliminated by the Dudleyz, whom the Hardyz managed to eliminate. In the end, however, they were pinned by the champions, thus losing the opportunity. They then began a feud with the newcomer Brock Lesnar and his manager Paul Heyman. At Judgment Day, the Hardyz lost to Lesnar and Heyman in a tag team match.


The duo split up afterward, as Jeff began a storyline with The Undertaker, while Matt was relegated to working on Heat. In the storyline, Matt then attacked Jeff, because Jeff had a match for the Intercontinental Championship. Matt was then moved to the SmackDown brand, where he dubbed himself the "Sensei of Mattitude" and picked up Shannon Moore as a follower. He won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in 2003. Jeff was released from WWE on April 22, 2003, for erratic behavior, drug use, refusal to go to rehab, and deteriorating ring performance, as well as constant tardiness and no-showing events.

Jeff spent some time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) but no-showed several events and was suspended. He did not appear on TNA television again, and on August 4, 2006, he rejoined WWE on its Raw brand. Meanwhile, in April 2005, Matt was released from WWE due to real-life issues with Lita. He was rehired, however, just a few months later and was eventually sent to the SmackDown brand.

The Hardys (2006–2008)

In November 2006, it was announced on that Matt and Jeff would team up for the first time together in over four years as members of Team DX at the Survivor Series. The Hardys, as they were now known, were first given a "warm up match" on ECW on Sci Fi, defeating the Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido Maritato and Tony Mamaluke). At Survivor Series, Team DX defeated Team Rated-RKO in a clean sweep.

On the November 27 edition of Raw, The Hardys had their first shot at Tag Team gold in five years. They took on World Tag Team Champions Rated-RKO (Edge and Randy Orton), but came up short when Edge hit Jeff in the back with a belt to get himself and Orton deliberately disqualified to retain the title. That same day, The Hardys posed an open challenge to any team for ECW December to Dismember which was immediately accepted by a reuniting MNM (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury). After a run in on the intervening ECW on Sci Fi, The Hardys defeated MNM at the pay-per-view, starting a feud between all four men that spanned both brands. The Hardys got their first chance to gain the WWE Tag Team Championship at Armageddon, where the original tag team match was changed to a four team ladder match involving The Hardys, MNM, Dave Taylor and William Regal, and Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Despite coming up short, The Hardys sparked another feud with MNM when Mercury was legitimately injured. Whilst Jeff and Nitro continued battling over the Intercontinental Championship on Raw, Matt and Mercury feuded on SmackDown!. Mercury and Nitro tried injuring both Hardys' faces as payback for what happened at Armageddon, claiming that The Hardys had ruined Mercury's 'Hollywood good looks'.fact The Hardys settled their feud with MNM at the Royal Rumble when they defeated them for the second time. Matt and Mercury continued feuding, however, which was finally settled at No Way Out.

On the April 2, 2007, episode of Raw, the Hardys won the World Tag Team Championship for the sixth time in their career after winning a ten team battle royal. After losing singles bouts to both Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, The Hardys retained their World Tag Team Championship at both Backlash and Judgment Day against the team of Cade and Murdoch. At One Night Stand, Hardyz retained the titles against World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) in a ladder match. The next night on Raw, however, Hardys lost their championship to Cade and Murdoch, when Jeff missed a Swanton Bomb and was pinned by Cade after Murdoch pushed his foot off of the bottom rope of the ring. Cade and Murdoch attacked the Hardys with the championship belts after the match. The Hardys got a rematch at Vengeance, but lost after Jeff was hit with a sit-out spinebuster from Cade.

The Hardys once again returned to WWE on the November 13 edition of ECW on Sci Fi to face Montel Vontavious Porter and Mr. Kennedy, a match that was originally scheduled for the November 16 edition of SmackDown. The Hardys were unsuccessful in their return as Porter pinned Jeff for the win. The Hardys, announced and referred to once again as the Hardy Boyz, reunited for the first time in 2008, on the June 2 episode of Raw in a losing effort to John Morrison and The Miz. The match occurred after Jeff was drafted to the SmackDown brand (the same brand as Matt). This loss, however, caused Matt to be drafted to ECW. On the July 15 edition of ECW The Hardys reunited in their home state of North Carolina, defeating Miz and Morrison.

Other media

The Hardys appeared on the February 7, 1999 episode of That '70s Show entitled "That Wrestling Show", as an uncredited wrestlers. Jeff and Matt also appeared on Tough Enough in early 2001, talking and wrestling with the contestants. They both appeared on the February 25, 2002 episode of Fear Factor competing against four other WWF wrestlers. Jeff was eliminated in the first round, but Matt became the eventual winner, winning $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.

In 2003, Hardy and Matt, with the help of Michael Krugman, wrote and published their autobiography The Hardy Boyz: Exist 2 Inspire. As part of WWE, Hardy appeared in the DVD, The Hardy Boyz: Leap of Faith in 2001. On April 29, 2008, WWE released Twist of Fate: The Matt and Jeff Hardy Story. The DVD features footage of the brothers in OMEGA and WWE, and it also briefly mentions Jeff's time in TNA.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves

*Event Omega / Falling Fate (Simultaneous diving guillotine leg drop by Matt / diving splash by Jeff)
*Omega Event (Simultaneous diving guillotine leg drop by Matt / leg drop to the groin by Jeff) - Innovated
*Twist of Fate by Matt followed by a Swanton Bomb by Jeff
*Double 180° flipping belly to back suplex
*Poetry in Motion - Innovated
*Side Effect by Matt followed by a Whisper in the Wind by Jeff
*Rapture (Superbomb by Jeff into a neckbreaker slam by Matt)
*Spin Cycle (Simultaneous fist drop (Matt) / Standing somersault senton (Jeff) combo)


*Michael Hayes
*Terri Runnels

*"Loaded" by Zack Tempest
*"Live for the Moment" by Monster Magnet (June 23, 2008 edition of Raw)
*"No More Words" by EndeverafteR (July 2008)

Championships and accomplishments

*NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship (1 time)

*OMEGA Tag Team Championship (1 time)

*PWI Match of the Year award in 2000 – vs. Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boyz
*PWI Tag Team of the Year award in 2000
*PWI Match of the Year award in 2001 – vs. Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boyz

*WWF Intercontinental Championship - Jeff Hardy (1 time)
** Jeff Hardy: (April 12, 2001–April 16, 2001)
*WWF Light Heavyweight Championship - Jeff Hardy (1 time)
** Jeff Hardy: (June 7, 2001–June 25, 2001)
*WWF/E Hardcore Championship - (4 times) Jeff Hardy (3 times), Matt Hardy (1 time)
** Matt Hardy: (April 24, 2000–April 25, 2000)
** Jeff Hardy: (July 10, 2001–July 22, 2001), (August 13, 2001–August 19, 2001),, (July 29, 2002)
*WWF/E European Championship - (2 times) Jeff Hardy (1 time), Matt Hardy (1 time)
** Matt Hardy: (April 26, 2001–August 27, 2001)
** Jeff Hardy: (July 8, 2002–July 21, 2002)
*WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (6 times)
** Matt and Jeff: (June 29, 1999–July 25, 1999), (September 24, 2000–October 22, 2000), (October 23, 2000–November 6, 2000), (March 5, 2001–March 19, 2001), (November 12, 2001–November 18, 2001), (April 2, 2007–June 4, 2007)
*WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
** Matt and Jeff: (October 8, 2001–October 23, 2001)
*WWF Women's Championship - Lita (1 time)
** Lita: (August 21, 2000–November 2, 2000)


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