Having each appeared in three Money in the Bank matches, including their first encounter at this year’s WrestleMania, Matt Hardy and Christian will once again have a chance to grab the briefcase in the SmackDown Money in the Bank Ladder match in two weeks on pay-per-view.
Both men started out as tag team specialists revolutionizing ladder and TLC matches. And while each one has held numerous tag team and singles titles throughout their respective careers, the one thing that has always eluded Matt Hardy and Christian has been the World Title.
Most recently, The Miz and John Morrison entered a heated feud to determine who the Shawn Michaels and the Marty Jannetty of their tag team were. It is common knowledge that when Michaels split from Jannetty, he went on to become a legend in the WWE, while Jannetty slipped through the cracks of time. Not many have actually placed the Michaels-Jannetty template to The Hardy Boys and Edge and Christian.
While Matt Hardy may have gotten them to the WWE and was the brains behind Team Xtreme, it was Jeff Hardy that went on to collect three WWE World Championships, and is currently contesting for the World Title in TNA. The same can be said for Christian, who became jealous of Edge for winning King of the Ring. Edge was given the push and eventually became a 9-time World Champion. The only accolade that both Matt Hardy and Christian can attest to is being given the ECW Title. A title that was no longer considered a World title under the ownership of the WWE.
Matt Hardy and Christian have suffered some major set backs in their careers, even losing their jobs in 2005. But for over a decade, these two men have struggled to make a name for themselves in the WWE, while less-deserving individuals have gotten a free ride. Matt Hardy and Christian have never been deemed “The Chosen Ones,” but they have coped with losses and have scratched and tackled their way as mid-carders.
There have been six Money in the Bank Ladder matches in the last six years at WrestleMania. And at WrestleMania XXVI, Christian and Matt Hardy both found themselves, for the first time, starring at each other and at the briefcase. But they failed. Six-times that briefcase has been cashed in, and each one has crowned a new World Champion. It is the equivalent of winning the World Title, and if either Matt Hardy or Christian can unhook the briefcase, they can change their lives forever. So the question remains… who will be forgotten?