The Hardys act fast. News broke early last week that the family behind the hottest act in wrestling was done with TNA, starting rampant speculation that they’d be signing with WWE. By the end of the week, though, they had already found a new home, at least for a little while: Broken Matt Hardy and Jeff “Brother Nero” Hardy made a shocking appearance at Ring of Honor’s Manhattan Mayhem VI live event last Saturday night, defeating the Young Bucks to win the ROH World Tag Team Titles in their first match with the company.
Their ROH stay might be short-lived—they don’t have any appearances announced beyond April 1, a WrestleMania weekend match they had already booked while they were still under contract to TNA, and rumors persist that they will eventually wind up in WWE again—but it’s already an eventful one. Ring of Honor just announced that the brothers will be defending their newly won tag titles in a triple threat match at this Friday’s 15th Anniversary pay-per-view. The previously-announced tag title match between the Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice will now be a three-way, with the Hardys putting their belts on the line.
The Hardys aren’t the only former WWE stars who reinvented themselves in TNA to pop up in Ring of Honor last weekend. Bully Ray, the former Bubba Ray Dudley who turned himself into a credible top heel during a good TNA run, also made a surprise appearance in Manhattan. And like the Hardys, he too will now be wrestling at the 15th Anniversary pay-per-view on March 10. Bully Ray will be teaming with the Briscoes to take on War Machine and Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Paste will have more on Ring of Honor’s latest big show later this week.