Why, Matt, why?
Here is Part 2 of the story line to elevate Matt Hardy:
The next week on Raw, Matt wrestles a low-level babyface and destroys him. Backstage after the match, Maria tries to interview Matt. When she asks him why he attacked his brother, Matt becomes incensed and bullies her. Before anything can happen, John Cena shows up and tells Matt to back off. While Cena turns to tend to the shaken Maria, Hardy blindsides him with a chair shot.
In a promo the following week, Matt explains his actions toward Jeff. He points out that, as the older brother, he had always taken care of Jeff. And that when Jeff left WWE and battled “personal demons,” he was there for him and also tried to set a good example for him. While Jeff died his hair, listened to punk music and was a free spirit, Matt was a responsible adult and giving his all in WWE. And now Jeff had the audacity to question his passion and act like it was Matt who needed to get his life together.
Matt also says that he was never rewarded by the “office” for being a model citizen, while Jeff was welcomed back into the fold and almost immediately given a shot at the Intercontinental title. Ultimately, he says he is doing just what his brother told him to do, and that’s to live up to his potential by setting a goal and making it happen. Matt concludes with a warning to Cena: “If I would do this to my own brother to get a shot at the title, imagine what I would do to you to win it.”
In the go-home show before Matt’s title match against Cena on pay-per-view, Matt sits at ringside during Cena’s match on Raw. Matt interferes in the bout and lays out Cena with two Twist of Fates on a chair, busting open Cena’s head. He then places Cena on the announcers’ table and delivers a leg drop onto Cena from the top rope.
At the pay-per-view match, Cena wins in a disputed finish (Matt had his foot on the rope while being pinned but the referee didn’t see it). This sets up a rematch on the next month’s pay-per-view – and this time it’s a ladder match, Matt’s specialty.
Cena goes on to win the ladder match and moves on to the next challenger. At that time, Jeff returns from his “broken ankle,” seeking revenge on Matt. The brothers have a series of heated matches that culminates in a tables, ladders and chairs match.
And that is how to elevate Matt Hardy.