Vanguard 1 Returns to ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy


“Woken” Matt Hardy is no longer alone in his quest to rid the WWE Universe of Bray Wyatt and his cosmic entity Sister Abigail.

Hardy recently posted a video on his Youtube channel featuring the return of one of the Broken Universe’s most beloved characters – Vanguard 1.

From the video’s description:
As The Lake of REINCARNATION thaws from its recent FROZEN SLUMBER, the MAGIC of The Hardy Compound becomes more POTENT, more MYSTICAL.. As my Platoon prepares for The Great War with The Consumer of Terrestrial Entities & the GROTESQUE Sister Abigail.

Introduced during The Final Deletion, Vanguard 1 was established as one of the core characters of the Broken Universe. Since then, the drone has appeared in various segments during Broken Matt Hardy’s run in TNA It was also involved in promos for the Hardys’ opponents outside of the promotion, including Ring of Honor where it received a super kick from The Young Bucks.

For fans who followed Broken Matt Hardy from TNA, it was a glorious sight to see Vanguard 1 return, but not too surprising given recent events.

Earlier this week, Hardy announced he successfully acquired the rights to the core characters of the Broken Universe from Anthem. He even tweeted a photo of him and Ed Nordholm, calling him and Anthem “Majestic beings who stand on the side of light.” It is the latest in Anthem’s effort to rework their contracts to allow talent to have ownership over their characters.

Since Hardy now has ownership of the Broken Universe, there is a good chance fans could see other characters make their presence known – Rebecca, King Maxel and Senior Benjamin. Whether Jeff Hardy returns as Brother Nero remains to be seen. Jeff Hardy is still injured and there’s speculation he will move up the singles card when he makes his return to Raw.

Still, having the Hardy family and Vanguard 1 may alleviate some criticism labeled at the current angle between the Woken One and Wyatt. Most complaints stem from “Woken” Matt Hardy’s program with Wyatt as not being the same as “Broken” Matt Hardy and the Final Deletion fans fell in love with in the first place.

Part of the issue could be WWE’s creative department doesn’t know what they could and couldn’t do with the Broken Universe characters and concepts because of potential legal issues.

It’s harder to bring in Matt Hardy’s family into the WWE ring, but Vanguard 1 could be a player as this program continues.

One benefit of having Vanguard 1 on WWE TV, is fans could see some interesting vignettes and segments being filmed from the drone’s perspective. One idea for a segment would be to have Vanguard 1 led the rest of Hardy’s aerial assault robots attack the Wyatt Compound.

In one instance, Wyatt could end up stealing Vanguard 1 and turning it into his own servant. Having Wyatt kidnap Vanguard 1 is a way to give him an upper hand over Hardy. Part of Matt Hardy’s struggle would be to get Vanguard 1 back from Wyatt’s clutches. 

Some fans have already made up their minds on “Woken” Matt Hardy in WWE, but the return of Vanguard 1 could breathe new life into this angle.


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