There’s a lot of credit to go around for the success of the main event of WrestleMania 36 Night One.
Undertaker, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, of course. Jeremy Borash and Chris DeJoseph, two WWE producers who have experience working on similar concepts with TNA and Lucha Underground, respectively.
And one person a lot of people shouted out online as an influence is Matt Hardy. Borash and Hardy worked together on much of the Broken/Woken material that some fans see as inspiring Taker & AJ’s Boneyard Match.
The Broken One reacted to the praise:
My twitter feed exploded.— #BROKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) April 5, 2020
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.
As mentioned above, there’s plenty of credit to go around - both for hands on work and inspiration. But Matt’s work definitely helped pave the way for widespread acceptance of something like what WWE produced tonight. And considering they didn’t get behind his vision for more of it, I think he’s allowed of a bit of an “I told you so tonight”.
Check out all our coverage of the Boneyard Match and all things WrestleMania 36 Night One in the stream below.