Matt Hardy def. Jeff Hardy (Extreme Rules Match)

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November 23, 2008

HOUSTON — Matt Hardy's mission to conquer his brother Jeff was completed at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, in a dream match for the WWE Universe that was unquestionably a nightmare scenario for the Hardy family.

Poised to make another extraordinary WrestleMania moment at the expense of his older brother, Jeff's attempted 16-foot ladder leap resulted in his crash, burn and Extreme Rules Match defeat.

In's weeklong "Dueling Diaries" feature (Check out Dueling Diaries) that followed both rival siblings, Matt claimed that Jeff's risk-taking would be his undoing. And, tonight at WrestleMania, these words resonated truth.

Resembling a brothers' quarrel on their trampoline years back in Cameron, N.C., but with lethal and hazardous objects strewn about, the Hardys fought vehemently without any restrictions or disqualifications.

The Charismatic Enigma returned the steel chair crack across his brother's skull from the Royal Rumble, the fateful night in which Matt cost Jeff the WWE Championship. Jeff also drove Matt's sandwiched body through two tables -- after the purple-faced warrior propelled his body from the top rope onto the structure to the Reliant Stadium floor.

But, this day would be Matt Hardy's personal evolution and time to unlock his true destiny, as signified by the key emblazoned on his tights.

The enigmatic Superstar found momentum after a torrent of innovative attacks on his brethren. Then, in front of more than 70,000 in attendance, Jeff ascended the rungs of a ladder -- a familiar item -- then leapfrogged over an even taller ladder to the mat, just short of Matt's face. This was just enough for the malicious Hardy sibling to lock Jeff's neck within a steel chair for a Twist of Fate that collapsed the weapon around his painted throat.

A count of three later, Matt's arm was raised as the better Hardy for at least this night -- an event for the ages: The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania.

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