See exclusive slow-motion footage from intense Monday Night Raw battle between the teams of Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt & Samoa Joe.05/23/2017 - 17:30
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's Monday Night Raw to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/23/2017 - 14:15
Time slows down as Finn Bálor goes to battle against his former "good brother."05/23/2017 - 12:45
Though the Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules will be every man for himself, Raw's turbulent main event features a tag team showdown between a pair of shaky partnerships.05/23/2017 - 00:00
Following his loss to Kalisto, Titus O'Neil claims Apollo Crews' let down the Titus Brand.05/22/2017 - 23:45
The Wicked Witch of WWE looks to send a painful message to Bayley ahead of their Raw Women's Title Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Matt Hardy battles The Celtic Warrior for the right to choose the stipulation for their upcoming Raw Tag Team Championship Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 23:45
Ahead of his Submission Match at Extreme Rules against WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, Austin Aries goes head-to-head against Tony Nese.05/22/2017 - 23:30
Vic Joseph gives a special shout-out to his fellow WWE announcers for all their help, as he becomes the newest voice of WWE.05/22/2017 - 22:45
Apollo Crews takes on a high-flying masked adversary with Titus O'Neil keeping close watch.05/22/2017 - 22:45
The Boss will look to take charge of Alicia Fox in an explosive Raw showdown.05/22/2017 - 22:45
In anticipation of the imminent Street Fight on WWE 205 Live, The Brian Kendrick attacks Akira Tozawa and ignites an absolute melee.05/22/2017 - 22:45
It's lights, camera, action as Goldust talks about the flickering light that is his former cohort R-Truth.05/22/2017 - 22:30
The Advocate to Universal Champion Brock Lesnar comes forth to give Bálor the edge in Extreme Rules Fatal 5-Way No. 1 Contender's Match at Extreme Rules.05/22/2017 - 22:15
Finn Bálor goes to war against his former friend Karl Anderson.05/22/2017 - 22:00
Elias Samson makes his in-ring Raw debut against the reigning Intercontinental Champion.05/22/2017 - 22:00
The Realest Guy in the Room gets his lights knocked out by an unknown assailant.05/22/2017 - 21:15
From 'Rainbow-haired' to red with rage
Jeff Hardy's match with Randy Orton at Royal Rumble is no longer about just winning his first WWE Championship. Thanks to the self-proclaimed "one-man dynasty's" brutal attack on Jeff's brother Matt, this showdown is now also about his family's honor and spilling the WWE Champion's blood.
Orton made his rivalry with Jeff personal last week when he kicked a visiting Matt Hardy, who has been out of action since his emergency appendectomy in November. The Legend Killer first attacked Matt by booting him in the stomach, and then punted him in the skull for all the world -- and especially Jeff -- to see. Jeff, who was in a match with Santino Marella at the time, frantically raced to the locker room as our fans in the Greensboro Coliseum gasped. By the time he got to the locker room, he could only look on helplessly as officials tended to an unconscious, facedown Matt. Orton, meanwhile, had already slithered away. (Watch the attack)
Jeff paced back and forth, his hands cupped behind his head as he gritted his teeth. The hollow echo of slamming metal reverberated in the halls of the arena as the usually laid-back Intercontinental Champion kicked and slammed a string of lockers. He refused to give comment to WWE.com as he accompanied Matt when he received further medical treatment. Jeff has remained silent on his state of mind since the attack, as sources close to him say he has spent a lot of time in the past week holed up in his studio, devoting himself to his art -- his passion outside the squared circle. Some suspect he is merely seeking an outlet for his rage in his paintings; others told WWE.com that Jeff is stewing.
And who could really blame him? What must have been going through Jeff's head as he saw Orton hold up an unconscious Matt by his hair and then see -- and hear -- the sickening smack of Orton's boot against his skull? Matt is not only Jeff's brother, but his best friend. They have shared a passion for the squared circle since they were boys, honing their awe-inspiring daredevil maneuvers. The Hardys bonded as they watched their heroes on TV, made their own ring attire and championship titles, dreaming of one day competing and being champions in WWE.
All these images flood Jeff's mind when he thinks of his brother. He and Matt have realized their dream, first as a team, winning the World Tag Team Championships together, and then rooting each other on as they pursued their individual title inspirations. Jeff knows his older brother will always be there for him -- that's why Matt was in the coliseum last Monday to show him support, as always.
But Orton, ever the cold-blooded sadist, ruined Jeff's night -- in his own hometown -- and turned it into a family affair, perhaps by design. The Legend Killer has made attacking his opponents' family his favorite pastime -- just ask Dusty and Cody Rhodes and John Cena. (Relive Orton's personal attacks)
After watching Orton brutalize his father, Cody wanted a piece of him -- but then Interim Raw GM Jonathan Coachman intervened. Maybe Cody should thank Coach because Orton may have ended his young career before it really started. And some critics suspect Orton's attack on Cena's dad left the former champ so blind with rage that it left him vulnerable -- and led to his WWE Title reign-ending injury.
So, Randy Orton may believe that he has taken out an insurance policy for his WWE Championship by attacking Matt Hardy. He may love seeing the "Rainbow-haired Warrior" whipped into a red-hot frenzy, no longer hyper-focused on the WWE Title. But perhaps Orton better beware. Orton may have unearthed a side of Jeff Hardy that he doesn't really want to see -- and signed his championship reign's death warrant at Royal Rumble.