The Hardys-Young Bucks Impact-ROH angle that never happenedHardy would reference a potential crossover angle between The Hardys, who were contracted to Impact, and The Young Bucks, who was at ROH. “Right before my brother and I left Impact to return to WWE, we were actually going to do a Ring of Honor-Impact crossover angle…for three or four months,” Hardy said. Unfortunately, changes in management for both ROH and Impact would happen, and it became a distant thought as Matt and Jeff Hardy went back to WWE following the expiration of their contract with Impact. While it is difficult to gauge whether the promotions would attempt a deal in 2021, Hardy states that it would be a good idea for anyone who wants to help elevate brands without fear of a potential takeover. “So, I’m all for it. I’ve always been down with it from the beginning,” Hardy adds. “And I think especially considering WWE is such a massive global promotion, I think any other promotion that is up-and-coming when they work with other promotions, has it helps to the element of unpredictability.” “Unpredictability is what makes wrestling successful in 2021,” concludes Hardy. Hardy has been part of many pro-wrestling companies over his illustrious career and has seen a lot of backstage politics unfold, including potential inter-promotional ordeals. However, in the COVID Era of wrestling, history continues to unfold in 2021 as cross-promotion is becoming more commonplace. For instance, FinJuice (David Finlay and Juice Robinson) from NJPW won the Impact World Tag Team Championship off The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) at the promotion’s Sacrifice PPV on March 13. This week on AEW Dynamite, the IWGP U.S. Championship is on the line as reigning champion Jon Moxley defends against NJPW legend Yuji Nagata. Credit to ET Canada and Ringside News for the quotes.
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