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Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy
Hardy in 2007
Born Jeffrey Nero Hardy
(1977-08-31) August 31, 1977 [1]
Cameron, North Carolina, U.S.[2]
Spouse(s) Beth Britt (m. 2011)
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Galaxion[3]
Gladiator[3]
The Iceman[3]
Jeff Hardy[4]
Keith Davis[5]
Mean Jimmy Jack[3]
Wildo Jinx[5]
Willow[6]
Willow the Wisp[7]
Wolverine[3]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in[2]
Billed weight 215 lb (98 kg)[2]
Billed from Cameron, North Carolina[4]
Trained by Dory Funk Jr.[4]
Michael Hayes[4]
Debut 1992
Musical career
Genres Alternative rock, alternative metal, acoustic
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1999–present
Labels TNA Knockout Music
Associated acts PeroxWhy?Gen

Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy[1] (born August 31, 1977)[7] is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician, and is currently signed to TNA . He is best known for his work in WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

Before gaining prominence in WWE, Hardy performed for the Matt.[7] After being signed by WWE, the brothers worked as jobbers,[8] before gaining notoriety in the tag team division, partly due to their participation in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches.[9] With the addition of Lita, the team became known as Team Xtreme and continued to rise in popularity.[4] As a tag team wrestler, Hardy is an eight-time Tag Team Champion (six World Tag Team Championships, one WCW Tag Team Championship, and one TNA World Tag Team Championship) – all with his brother Matt.[4][10]

Hardy has also experienced success as a singles wrestler, as he is a six-time world champion, having held the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship once, the World Heavyweight Championship twice and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship three times. He also held WWE's Intercontinental Championship four times (also the youngest to win the title), and the Light Heavyweight and European Championships once each. He is also a former WWE Hardcore Champion, having held the championship on three occasions. Between WWE and TNA, Hardy has won 23 total championships.[10]

He received his first major main event push in WWE towards the end of 2007, including challenging for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2008, and eventually won the WWE Championship at the Armageddon pay-per-view in December 2008.[11][12] Hardy went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship twice, before he left WWE in mid-2009. He returned to TNA in January 2010, and in October of that year, he won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. Moreover, Hardy is involved in motocross, music, painting, and other artistic endeavors.[13] He is currently a member of the band Peroxwhy?gen, with whom he has released two studio albums.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Professional wrestling career 2
    • Early career (1993–1998) 2.1
    • World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment 2.2
      • The Hardy Boyz (1998–2002) 2.2.1
      • Singles competition and departure (2002–2003) 2.2.2
    • Independent circuit (2003) 2.3
    • Ring of Honor (2003) 2.4
    • Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004–2006) 2.5
    • Return to WWE 2.6
      • Intercontinental Champion and the Hardys reunion (2006–2007) 2.6.1
      • WWE & World Heavyweight Champion & Departure (2007–2009) 2.6.2
    • Return to TNA 2.7
      • Early storylines (2010) 2.7.1
      • Immortal (2010–2011) 2.7.2
      • Road to Redemption (2011–2013) 2.7.3
      • Willow (2014–2015) 2.7.4
      • The Hardys (2014–2015) 2.7.5
      • EC3's personal assistant (2015) 2.7.6
    • Return to the independent circuit (2013–present) 2.8
  • Other media 3
  • Artistic pursuits 4
  • Discography 5
    • Albums 5.1
  • Personal life 6
  • In wrestling 7
  • Championships and accomplishments 8
  • References 9
    • Notes 9.1
    • Citations 9.2
  • External links 10

Early life

Jeff Hardy is the son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy, and the younger brother of Matt Hardy.[4][8][14] Their mother died of brain cancer in 1986, when Hardy was nine.[8][15][16] He developed an interest in motocross aged 12 and got his first bike, a Yamaha YZ-80, at age 13.[17] He had his first race when he was in ninth grade.[18] Hardy played baseball as a child, but had to stop after he crashed during a motocross race, injuring his arm.[18] He also played football during high school as a fullback and linebacker.[17] He briefly competed in amateur wrestling in high school.[19] He had to stop playing football in high school, after he was ordered to pick between professional wrestling and football, and he chose wrestling.[20] Hardy's favorite subjects in school were U.S. history and art, which he did for extra credit.[21]

Professional wrestling career

Early career (1993–1998)

Hardy cites Sting, The Ultimate Warrior, and Shawn Michaels as his childhood inspirations to wrestle.[22] He started on World Wrestling Federation (WWF) television as a jobber — a wrestler who consistently loses to make his opponents look stronger. His first WWF match was against Razor Ramon on May 23, 1994 in Youngstown, Ohio,[23] with Randy Savage mentioning on commentary, "Welcome to the big leagues". His ringname that night, Keith Davis, was the name of Razor's scheduled jobber, who backed out on short notice. Gary Sabaugh, who had brought Hardy in a group along with Davis, suggested him to agent Tony Garea, who agreed after Hardy claimed he was 18.[24] The next day, he wrestled under his real name against The 1-2-3 Kid, and the match aired on the June 25 episode of Superstars.[25] He occasionally wrestled as a jobber as late as 1997 (including a match against Rob Van Dam during the ECW "invasion" storyline that had Hardy billed as being from Virginia instead of Cameron, North Carolina)[26] before beginning his first major run in 1998.[8] Hardy, along with his brother Matt and friends, started their own federation, the Trampoline Wrestling Federation (TWF) and mimicked the moves they saw on television.[8] Later on, the TWF went under several different names, eventually being integrated into a county fair in North Carolina. The brothers and their friends then began to work for other independent companies. They drove all over the East Coast of the United States, working for companies such as ACW and other small promotions.[1]

Before arriving in the WWF, Matt formed his own

  • Jeff Hardy on Twitter
  • Jeff Hardy at the Internet Movie Database
  • Jeff Hardy's TNA Wrestling profile
  • Jeff Hardy's profile on WWE.com
  • The Hardy Show
  • Slam! Sports bio and story archive
  • Online World of Wrestling profile
  • Professional wrestling record for Jeff Hardy from The Internet Wrestling Database
  • Jeff Hardy Interview

External links

  • Hardy, Matt; Hardy, Jeff; Krugman, Michael (2003). The Hardy Boyz: Exist 2 Inspire. New York: HarperCollins. p. 288.  
  • Varsallone, Jim (December 2001). "Matt and Jeff Hardy – Interview". Wrestling Digest. Retrieved June 4, 2007. 

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Notes

References

Four reigns as Intercontinental Champion place Hardy in a tie for seventh all time.
Hardy captured his only reign as WWE Champion in 2008.

Championships and accomplishments

Hardy performing his 'Twist of Hate' on Mr. Anderson
Hardy performing the Whisper in the Wind on Edge
Hardy performing a Swanton Bomb on Chris Jericho in 2002

In wrestling

On September 11, 2009 Hardy was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, after a search of his house yielded 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.[269] Over a year later, the district attorney announced that Hardy would plead guilty to the charges.[270] On September 8, 2011, Hardy was sentenced to ten days in jail, 30 months of probation and a fine of $100,000.[271][272] Hardy served his jail sentence from October 3 to 13, 2011.[273]

On September 17, 2008, Hardy was involved in an incident at the Nashville International Airport's Southwest gate.[268] A Southwest Airline employee reported that Hardy appeared to be intoxicated and therefore, he was not allowed to board the flight.[268] He was not, however, arrested as he was said to be "calm" and "co-operative", and he made other arrangements to get home.[268]

Hardy met his girlfriend Beth Britt in 1999, shortly after the Hardy Boyz had won the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time.[262] Hardy and his brother Matt went to a club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where Hardy met her.[262] On March 15, 2008, it was reported that Hardy's house had burned to the ground in a fire.[118][119] Hardy and his girlfriend were not home at the time, but his dog, Jack, was killed in the fire.[118][119] It is believed that the fire was started by faulty electrical wiring.[263] In October 2008, Hardy was building a new home in the same area, which was expected to be completed by early 2009.[118][119] In August 2010, Hardy announced that Britt was pregnant with the couple's first child,[264] a daughter, who was born on October 19, 2010.[265][266] Hardy married Britt on March 9, 2011.[267]

He has a tattoo of roots that starts on his head, behind his ear, and finishes at his hand.[254] He also has a few other signature designed tattoos, one of which, a dragon, he hid from his father.[254] It was also the first tattoo he got in 1998.[255] He later got tattoos of the Chinese symbols for "Peace" and "Health", as well as tattoos of fire and a wave.[255] Hardy regards his tattoos as his "artistic impulses".[256] Hardy is very good friends with Shannon Moore, whom he has known since around 1987.[257] He is also good friends with Marty Garner, Jason Arhndt and John Morrison .[258][259] He regards Vanilla Ice as a big influence on him,[260] and he was even nicknamed "Ice" by Scott Hall.[261]

Hardy at an autograph signing, showing his roots tattoo on his arm

Personal life

PeroxWhy?Gen
Jeff Hardy

Albums

Hardy, with his band Peroxwhy?gen, They released their second album called Within the Cygnus Rift on July 27, 2015.

Discography

Hardy taught himself how to play guitar and later purchased a drum kit.[251] In 2003, Hardy formed a band, Peroxwhy?gen, with members of the band Burnside 6 and Moore, who later left.[251] He also converted a trailer into a recording studio. Their first album (marketed as a Jeff Hardy solo album) Plurality of Worlds was released through TNA Music on November 7, 2013.[252] Peroxwhy?Gen released their second album Within the Cygnus Rift on July 27, 2015.[253]

Hardy has an eclectic set of interests outside of wrestling. He calls his artistic side "The Imag-I-Nation".[249] At one stage, Hardy constructed a 30-foot (9.1 m) statue of an "aluminummy" named "Neroameee" out of tin foil outside of his recording studio (a spray painted trailer).[4] On another occasion, he created an artificial volcano in his front yard, which he then jumped over on his motocross dirtbike. On another occasion Hardy created a large sculpture of his brother Matt's hand signal "V1", which was seen on "The Hardy Show", an Internet web show which features both the Hardys, Shannon Moore and many of their friends.[250] Hardy is also an artist and poet.[4]

Artistic pursuits

As part of WWE, Hardy has appeared in several of their DVDs, including The Hardy Boyz: Leap of Faith (2001) and The Ladder Match (2007).[246][247] He is also featured in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling release Enigma: The Best of Jeff Hardy (2005) and Pro Wrestling's Ultimate Insiders: Hardy Boys – From the Backyard to the Big Time (2005). On April 29, 2008, WWE released "Twist of Fate: The Matt and Jeff Hardy Story".[246] The DVD features footage of the brothers in OMEGA and WWE, and also briefly mentions Hardy's first run with TNA.[246] In December 2009, WWE released a DVD about Hardy entitled Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules.[248]

In 2001, Hardy, Matt and Lita appeared in Rolling Stone magazine's 2001 Sports Hall of Fame issue.[244] In 2003, Hardy and Matt, with the help of Michael Krugman, wrote and published their autobiography The Hardy Boyz: Exist 2 Inspire.[245]

Hardy appeared on the February 7, 1999 episode of That '70s Show entitled "That Wrestling Show", along with Matt, as an uncredited wrestler.[239][240] Hardy and Matt also appeared on Tough Enough in early 2001, talking to and wrestling the contestants.[241] He appeared on the February 25, 2002 episode of Fear Factor competing against five other World Wrestling Federation wrestlers.[242] He was eliminated in the first round.[242] Hardy also appears on The Hardy Show, an internet web show which features the Hardys, Shannon Moore and many of their friends.[243] In September 2009, Hardy signed a deal with Fox 21 studios to appear in a reality television show.[142]

Other media

Beginning in April 2014, The Hardys reunited on the independent circuit, facing teams including The Briscoe Brothers and The Young Bucks for promotions including OMEGA Championship Wrestling, NEW Wrestling, and Big Time Wrestling.[235][236] On February 28, 2015, Hardy won the OMEGA Heavyweight Championship.[237] In April, Hardy relinquished the title after suffering an injury in a dirt bike accident.[238]

On January 15, 2013, Hardy announced the return of OMEGA in Durham, North Carolina the main event featured Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, James Storm and Shane "Hurricane" Helms defeating Lodi, Gunner, Steve Corino and C.W. Anderson.[233] On October 12, Hardy appeared as Willow the Wisp and cleared the attackers on Matt Hardy and The Hurricane.[234]

Return to the independent circuit (2013–present)

Hardy returned from injury on the July 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, making an announcement that his brother, Matt, would face TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III in a Full Metal Mayhem match, in which Matt was unsuccessful. After a brief hiatus, Hardy returned on the August 26th episode of Impact Wrestling, where he and Matt made an agreement if Matt loses his second match against Carter for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, then Jeff would become his personal assistant. Matt was unsuccessful, and Jeff was forced to be Carter's assistant. On the September 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, after refusing to hit Spud, then hitting Carter with a Twist of Fate, Hardy quit as Carter's personal assistant, therefore also (storyline) quitting TNA, though immediately after Hardy's resignation, Carter stated Jeff couldn't quit, because he was fired.[232] On the September 30th episode of Impact Wrestling, TNA President Dixie Carter announced that Hardy would be the special guest referee in the triple threat World title match between Carter, Matt Hardy and Drew Galloway at Bound for Glory.

EC3's personal assistant (2015)

Hardy returned after TNA United Kingdom tour. In March, The Hardys participated in a tournament for the vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship. On March 16, 2015, The Hardys won an Ultimate X match for the belts for the first time as a team and individually. On May 8, 2015, the Hardys were forced to vacate the TNA World Tag Team Championships due to Jeff suffering a broken leg in a legitimate dirt bike accident, since then Hardy has been inactive in TNA wrestling.[231]

On the July 24 Impact Wrestling, Hardy told the audience that we had not seen the last of Willow and then brought out his brother Matt Hardy to reform The Hardys. The Wolves joined them in the ring and challenged them to a match for the TNA World Tag Team Championships at Impact Wrestling: Destination X, which the Hardys agreed to. At Destination X, the Hardys lost against the Wolves, but shook hands after the match. On October 22, 2014, The Hardys entered a number one contenders tournament for the TNA World Tag Team Championships defeating The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and DJ Z) in the first round of the tournament.[230] On October 29, episode of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys defeated Team Dixie (EC3 and Tyrus) in the semifinals to advance to the finals of the tournament where they defeated Samoa Joe and Low Ki to become number one contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championships. On the January 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy along with his brother Matt Hardy were at ringside for The Wolves vs James Storm and Abyss; during the match, The Great Sanada and Manik attempted to interfere in the match, but then ended up receiving a Side Effect from Matt Hardy, and a Twist of Fate from Jeff Hardy. Despite that, it distracted Eddie Edwards then Edwards received a Last Call Super kick from Storm. At the Lockdown episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy suffered a minor concussion which was set as a storyline injury When he fell on the door of the cage, James Storm hit Hardy off the door onto the steel steps below with a cowbell.

On the July 10 episode of Impact Wrestling, Director of Wrestling Operations Kurt Angle asked Willow to bring Jeff Hardy back for a 20 Man Over the top rope battle royal later that night. Hardy competed in the match as himself and won, earning a match with Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship the following week, which Hardy lost.

The Hardys (2014–2015)

In mid-February 2014 strange vignettes began airing advertising Hardy's return to TNA under his OMEGA character, Willow.[228] He made his TNA return at Lockdown, in the Lethal Lockdown match as part of Team MVP. He then appeared on the following episode of Impact Wrestling, facing Rockstar Spud.[6] In the following weeks, he would continue to feud with Spud and Ethan Carter III, leading to a tag-team match between them (with Kurt Angle as Willow's partner) at Sacrifice on April 27. Willow and Angle would go on to win that match.[229] On May 1, Willow defeated James Storm by disqualification when Storm shoved the referee and as Storm made his way up the ramp, Mr. Anderson appeared and hit Storm with the Mic check. On May 8, Willow's match against Magnus ended in a DQ when Bram interfered and handcuffed Willow to the bottom rope and started to hit him with a metal turnbuckle. On May 15, Willow defeated both Magnus and Bram in a two on One handicap match. On the May 22 episode of Impact, Willow defeated Magnus in a Falls Count Anywhere match. On the June 5 episode of Impact, Willow won his match against Bram by DQ when Magnus came to the ring and attacked him with a Steel Pry Bar. In February 2015, Willow made his return during a match after Jeff Hardy was taken out of the ring due to injury, in which Willow attacked Kenny King.

Hardy as Willow

Willow (2014–2015)

On November 7, Hardy did battle with Sabin to determine who would qualify to the quarter-finals of the TNA World Title tournament in a Full Metal Mayhem Match. Hardy defeated Sabin after leaping over the top of a ladder.[226] Hardy made it to the finals of the World Title Tournament and was close to winning his fourth TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by Magnus due to the interference of Rockstar Spud. The following week on Impact, Jeff Hardy teamed up with Sting to face The BroMans, Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. Hardy made a leave of absence due to dispute with the management. On February 11, TNA investor MVP made a phone call to Jeff Hardy and announced that Hardy would return at the Lockdown pay-per-view.[227]

On the September 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated X Division Champion Manik in a non-title match.[224] On the October 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy teamed with Manik defeating Kenny King and Chris Sabin which led to the announcement of the Ultimate X match for the X Division Championship at Bound for Glory.[225] On October 20, 2013 at Bound for Glory, Hardy debuted a new theme song and competed in his first Ultimate X match for the TNA X Division Championship but was unsuccessful as Chris Sabin won the match after an interference from Velvet Sky.

Hardy returned to TNA on June 2 at Slammiversary XI, teaming with Magnus and Samoa Joe in a winning effort against Aces & Eights (Garett Bischoff, Mr. Anderson, and Wes Brisco).[220] As a result of previously winning the Bound for Glory Series, Hardy and Bobby Roode were entered into the 2013 Bound for Glory Series on the June 13 episode of Impact Wrestling.[221] The following week, Hardy defeated Roode in his first BFG series match via pinfall to earn seven points in the tournament.[222] Hardy's participation in the Bound for Glory series ended on the September 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, when he was eliminated from a twenty-point battle royal by Kazarian.[223]

On October 14 at Bound for Glory, Hardy defeated Austin Aries to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the third time,[205] and, according to TNA, completing his "road to redemption" following the events of March 2011.[206] Hardy made his first televised title defense on the October 25 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Kurt Angle to retain his title.[207] On November 11 at Turning Point, Hardy defeated Austin Aries in a ladder match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.[208] On the December 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy was attacked by the Aces & Eights who were revealed to be paid off by his number one contender Bobby Roode.[209] Three days later at Final Resolution, Hardy defeated Roode to retain the World Heavyweight Championship, after which, both men were attacked by the Aces & Eights.[210] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Aces & Eights member Devon revealed Austin Aries as the man who outpaid Roode for the Aces & Eights to interfere in their match, which led to Hardy issuing Aries a title challenge.[211] The following week, Hardy was successful in retaining his title against Aries, following interference from Bobby Roode.[212] The rivalry culminated in a three-way elimination match on January 13, 2013, at Genesis, where Hardy defeated both Aries and Roode to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.[213] On the January 24 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Christopher Daniels. Afterwards, Hardy was jumped by a masked member of Aces & Eights who then injured Hardy's left leg with a ball-peen hammer.[214] This was done to write Hardy out of the tapings in the United Kingdom, as the UK would not allow him to make appearances due to his criminal convictions.[215] Hardy made his in-ring return on the February 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, teaming with his new number one contender Bully Ray to defeat Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian).[216] On March 10 at Lockdown, Hardy lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Ray in a steel cage match, following interference from the Aces & Eights, ending his reign at 147 days.[217] On the March 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated Kurt Angle, Magnus, and Samoa Joe in a four-way match to become number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.[218] Hardy received his title opportunity on the April 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Bully Ray in a Full Metal Mayhem match.[219]

Hardy with his custom belt

On the June 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy entered the 2012 Bound for Glory Series, taking part in the opening gauntlet match, from which he was the first man eliminated by Bully Ray.[201] Hardy wrestled his final group stage match of the tournament on the September 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Samoa Joe via submission, thus finishing fourth and advancing to the semi-finals.[202] Three days later at No Surrender, Hardy defeated Joe in a rematch to advance to the finals of the tournament.[203] Before the finals took place, Hardy suffered a storyline injury after taking part in a brawl between the TNA locker room and the Aces & Eights stable.[203] Despite the injury, Hardy defeated Bully Ray in the finals to win the 2012 Bound for Glory Series and become the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[203] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated Ray in a rematch to reaffirm his status as the number one contender.[204]

On January 8, 2012, at Genesis, Hardy defeated TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode via disqualification; as a result, the title remained with Roode.[188] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, a rematch between Hardy and Roode ended in a no contest, following interference from Bully Ray.[189] The following week, Hardy was entered into a number one contender's match against James Storm, which ended in a no contest following interference from Ray and Roode.[190] On February 12 at Against All Odds, Hardy was unable to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Roode in a four-way match, which also included Bully Ray and James Storm.[191] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy lost his shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, following interference from the returning Kurt Angle.[192] On March 18 at Victory Road, Hardy was defeated by Angle in a singles match.[193] On April 15 at Lockdown, Hardy defeated Angle in a rematch, contested inside a steel cage.[194] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy and Mr. Anderson were defeated by Rob Van Dam in a three-way number one contender's match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[195] During the first "Open Fight Night" the following week, Hardy teamed up with Anderson to unsuccessfully challenge Magnus and Samoa Joe for the TNA World Tag Team Championship.[196] On May 13 at Sacrifice, Hardy was defeated by Anderson in a singles match.[197] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated Anderson in a rematch.[198] On the live May 31 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy won a fan voting to become the number one contender to the TNA Television Championship. However, his title match with Devon ended in a no contest, following interference from Robbie E and Robbie T.[199] On June 10 at Slammiversary, Hardy was defeated by Mr. Anderson in a three-way number one contender's match, also involving Rob Van Dam.[200]

Jeff Hardy in February 2012

On August 23, 2011, TNA announced that Hardy would be making his return to the promotion at the Impact Wrestling tapings on August 25 in Huntsville, Alabama.[177] The return would take place only five days after Matt Hardy was released from his TNA contract.[178] In his return, which was taped for the September 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy spoke to the audience, acknowledging that he had hit rock bottom at Victory Road in March, before asking the fans for "one more shot".[179][180] Hardy wrestled his first match in six months on September 15 at a live event in York, Pennsylvania, defeating Jeff Jarrett.[181] Hardy then began feuding with his former stable Immortal, attacking Eric Bischoff on the October 6 episode of Impact Wrestling and engaging in brawls with Jeff Jarrett at Bound for Glory and on the October 20 episode of Impact Wrestling.[182][183][184] Hardy wrestled his first televised match since his return on the October 27 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Immortal member Bully Ray.[185] On November 13 at Turning Point, Hardy defeated Jeff Jarrett three times, first in six seconds, the second in six minutes, and the third in ten seconds.[186] On December 11 at Final Resolution, Hardy defeated Jarrett in a steel cage match to become the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[187]

Road to Redemption (2011–2013)

On January 9 at Genesis, Hardy's brother, Matt, made his TNA debut as a surprise member of Immortal and defeated Rob Van Dam to prevent him from receiving a match at Hardy's championship. That same night Hardy gave Anderson a match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, immediately following Anderson's victory in a number one contender's match. Despite Matt, Flair, and Bischoff interfering in an attempt to help Hardy, Anderson defeated Hardy for the championship.[167] On the January 13 episode of Impact! the Hardy Boyz reunited and defeated Anderson and Van Dam in a tag team match, following interference from Beer Money, Inc.[168] On the February 3 episode of Impact!, Hardy received his rematch for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The rest of Immortal interfered in the match, but were stopped by Fortune, which led to Anderson retaining the championship.[169] On February 13 at Against All Odds Hardy defeated Anderson in a ladder match to regain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[170] Hardy held the championship for less than two weeks, defending it once against Rob Van Dam, before losing it to Sting on February 24, at the tapings of the March 3 episode of Impact!.[171][172][173] On March 13 at Victory Road, Hardy received a rematch for the title under No Disqualification rules, but was defeated in ninety seconds.[174] TNA had made the decision to cut the match short after deeming that Hardy was in no condition to wrestle.[175] The following day it was reported that TNA had sent Hardy home from the week's Impact! tapings.[175] On the March 17 episode of Impact!, Immortal severed their ties with Hardy.[176]

[166][165].Tetsuya Naito, where he successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome (NJPW) at New Japan Pro Wrestling On January 4, 2011, Hardy made his debut for [164] the stable was named Impact! On the following episode of [160] At Bound for Glory, Hardy turned heel (for the first time since 2003 in WWE) with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and with their help defeated Angle and Anderson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. They were then joined by Jeff Jarrett and Abyss, revealing the group that Abyss had been referring to as "they" for several months.

Hardy as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion in November 2010

On the August 19 episode of Impact! the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was vacated and Hardy was entered into an eight-man tournament for the championship, defeating Rob Terry in his first round match.[157] At the semi-finals at No Surrender Hardy first wrestled Kurt Angle to a twenty-minute time-limit draw, after which Eric Bischoff ordered a five-minute period of extra time. After that and a second five-minute extra time period also ended in draws, it was ruled that Angle was unable to continue and the match ended in a no contest.[158] After wrestling a draw on the September 16 episode of Impact!, it was announced that both Hardy and Angle would advance to the finals at Bound for Glory, where they would compete with Mr. Anderson in a three–way match.[159]

Immortal (2010–2011)

On TNA's first live Monday episode of Impact! on January 4, 2010, Hardy made his return to TNA, along with Shannon Moore.[144] He was attacked by Homicide after emerging from the crowd, but hit Homicide with a steel chair and performed the Twist of Fate on the Impact! Zone ramp.[144] He later appeared in backstage segments throughout the evening.[145] The following day, it was reported that Hardy had signed a new contract with TNA.[146] Hardy would make his next appearance for the company on the March 8 episode of Impact!, saving D'Angelo Dinero, Abyss and Hulk Hogan from A.J. Styles, Ric Flair and Desmond Wolfe.[147] The following week Hardy defeated the TNA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles in a non-title match.[148] On the April 5 episode of Impact! Hardy was introduced as a member of Team Hogan for the annual Lethal Lockdown match, where they would face Team Flair.[149] One week later, however, Hardy was injured when James Storm spewed a volatile liquid against a flame from his lighter, forming a fireball that singed most of Hardy's face.[150][151] At Lockdown Team Hogan (Hardy, Abyss, Jeff Jarrett and Rob Van Dam) defeated Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, Robert Roode and James Storm).[152] At Sacrifice Hardy defeated Mr. Anderson.[153] After the event, Anderson turned face and eventually managed to convince the skeptical Hardy that he really had changed, after which the two went on to form a tag team.[154][155] At Slammiversary VIII Hardy and Anderson, now known as Enigmatic Assholes, defeated Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) in a tag team match.[156]

Hardy during his return to TNA at the live Impact! on January 4

Early storylines (2010)

Return to TNA

At Extreme Rules, Hardy defeated Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match. Immediately after the match, however, CM Punk cashed in his second Money in the Bank briefcase, which gave him a guaranteed world championship match at any time he wanted, and defeated Hardy to win the championship.[136] Hardy received his rematch at The Bash, and won the match via disqualification after Punk's assault on the referee, with Punk still retaining the title.[137] At Night of Champions, however, Hardy won the championship for the second time, by defeating Punk.[138][139] At the SummerSlam pay-per-view in August, Hardy lost the title back to Punk in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.[140] On the August 28 episode of SmackDown, Punk defeated Hardy in a steel cage rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, resulting in Hardy being forced to leave WWE, in storyline, per the pre-match stipulation.[141] This storyline was put in place to allow Hardy to leave WWE to heal his injuries, including a neck injury.[142][143] Hardy also had two herniated discs in his lower back and was suffering from Restless legs syndrome.[142][143]

In January 2009, Hardy's next storyline led to his involvement in scripted accidents, including a hit-and-run automobile accident and an accident involving his ring entrance pyrotechnics.[130][131] At the 2009 Royal Rumble, Hardy lost his WWE Championship to Edge after Hardy's brother, Matt, interfered on Edge's behalf and hit Hardy with a steel chair.[132] The buildup to this feud involved Matt implying that he was responsible for all of Hardy's accidents over the past few months, and at WrestleMania XXV, Hardy was defeated by Matt in an Extreme Rules match.[133][134] In a rematch at Backlash, however, Hardy defeated Matt in an "I Quit" match.[135]

On June 23, 2008, Hardy was drafted from the Raw brand to the SmackDown brand, as a part of the No Mercy and Cyber Sunday, but failed to win each time.[124][125][126] He was originally scheduled to be in the WWE Championship match at Survivor Series, but, in storyline, was found unconscious in his hotel, allowing the returning Edge to replace him in the match and win the title.[127][128] At Armageddon in December 2008, Hardy defeated the defending champion Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE Championship, his first world heavyweight championship.[11][129]

During the March 3 episode of Raw, Hardy appeared on Chris Jericho's "Highlight Reel" segment as a special guest, but ended up attacking Jericho.[116] This led to an Intercontinental title match on the following Raw where Hardy dropped the title to Jericho.[117] Off-screen, Hardy dropped the title after he was suspended for sixty days, as of March 11, for his second violation of the company's Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy.[118] Hardy was also removed from the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV after the suspension was announced.[118][119] Hardy returned on the May 12 episode of Raw, defeating Umaga.[120] This reignited the rivalry between the two, and they met in a Falls Count Anywhere match at One Night Stand, which Hardy won.[121]

This was the start of a push for Hardy, and at Survivor Series, Hardy and Triple H were the last two standing to win the traditional elimination match.[108] Hardy began an on and off tag team with Triple H,[109][110] which eventually led to a respectful feud between the two.[110] The rivalry continued at Armageddon, when Hardy defeated Triple H to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship.[111] In the weeks leading up to the Royal Rumble, Hardy and Randy Orton engaged in a personal feud, which began when Orton kicked Hardy's brother, Matt, in the head in the storyline.[112] Hardy, in retaliation, performed a Swanton Bomb on Orton from the top of the Raw set and seemed to have all the momentum after coming out on top in their encounters.[12][113][114] Hardy, however, lost the title match at the Royal Rumble,[12] but was named as one of six men to compete in an Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out, where he survived to the final two before being eliminated by the eventual winner, Triple H.[115]

In the midst of feuding with Umaga, who defeated Hardy at The Great American Bash to retain the Intercontinental Championship in late July,[105] Hardy was abruptly taken off WWE programming.[7] He posted on his own website and in the forums of TheHardyShow.com that it was time off to heal, stemming from a bad fall taken in a match against Mr. Kennedy on the July 23 episode of Raw.[7] He made his return on the August 27 episode of Raw beating Kennedy by disqualification after Umaga interfered.[106] The following week, on September 3, Hardy successfully captured his fourth Intercontinental Championship by defeating Umaga for the title.[107]

Jeff Hardy worked closely with Triple H during late 2007, and again in late 2008

WWE & World Heavyweight Champion & Departure (2007–2009)

The next night on Raw, April 2, the Hardys competed in a 10-team battle royal for the World Tag Team Championship.[100] They won the titles from then WWE Champion John Cena and Shawn Michaels by last eliminating Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch.[100] They then began a feud with Cade and Murdoch, with the Hardys retaining the Championship in their first title defense against them at Backlash and again at Judgment Day.[101][102] The Hardys, however, dropped the titles to Cade and Murdoch on June 4 on Raw.[103] The Hardys earned a rematch at Vengeance: Night of Champions but were defeated.[104]

With Hardy still feuding with Johnny Nitro and the other members of MNM into 2007, he was challenged once again by Nitro at New Year's Revolution in a steel cage match for the Intercontinental Championship.[95] Hardy once again defeated Nitro.[95] Hardy then teamed with Matt to defeat MNM at both the Royal Rumble and No Way Out pay-per-views.[96][97] The next night on Raw, February 19, Hardy was defeated for the Intercontinental Championship by Umaga.[98] In April 2007, Hardy competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23.[99] During the match, Matt threw Edge onto a ladder and encouraged Hardy, who was close to the winning briefcase, to finish him off.[99] Hardy then leaped off the 20-foot-high (6.1 m) ladder, drove Edge through the ladder with a leg drop, seemingly injuring both Edge and himself.[99] The two were unable to continue the match and were removed from ringside on stretchers.[99]

On the November 21 episode of ECW on Sci Fi Hardy teamed with his brother, Matt, for the first time in almost five years to defeat The Full Blooded Italians.[91] At Survivor Series, they both were a part of Team D-Generation X, which gained the victory over Team Rated-RKO with a clean sweep.[92] The brothers then received their first opportunity since Hardy's return to win a tag team championship at Armageddon.[93] They competed in a four-team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but they came up short in their attempt.[93] In the course of the match, however, they inadvertently legitimately injured Joey Mercury's face.[94]

The Hardy Boyz, Jeff (far left) and Matt (far right)

[40] This marked Hardy's third reign as Intercontinental Champion.[90].crucifix pin, with a Raw One week later, Hardy regained it on the November 13 episode of [89], Hardy lost the Intercontinental Championship back to Nitro, after Nitro hit him with the Intercontinental Championship title belt.Raw On the November 6 episode of [88].Raw Hardy finally defeated Nitro to win his second Intercontinental Championship on the October 2 episode of [87] In the following weeks, [62] On August 4, 2006, WWE announced that Hardy had re-signed with the company.

Intercontinental Champion and the Hardys reunion (2006–2007)

Return to WWE

Hardy was scheduled to wrestle on the pre-show of Turning Point in December 2005, but once again no-showed the event, again citing traveling problems.[1][7] Hardy was suspended as a result and did not appear on TNA television again.[7] In March, April, and May 2006, Hardy appeared on several live events promoted by TNA in conjunction with Dave Hebner and the United Wrestling Federation. Hardy was later released from his TNA Contract in June 2006.[1][7]

He wrestled his first TNA match in four months at Unbreakable on September 11, losing to Bobby Roode following interference from Jarrett.[80] Throughout October 2005, Hardy became embroiled in a feud with Abyss, Rhino and Sabu.[81][82] The four way feud culminated in a Monster's Ball match at Bound for Glory on October 23, which Rhino won after delivering a second rope Rhino Driver to Hardy.[1][83] In the course of the match, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Abyss from a height of approximately 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m).[83] Later that night, Hardy competed in a ten-man battle royal for the number one contendership to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which Rhino also won.[83] At Genesis in November, Hardy lost to Monty Brown in another number one contender match.[84]

At Against All Odds in February 2005, Hardy lost to Abyss in a "Full Metal Mayhem" match for the number one contendership to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[71] Hardy returned the favor by defeating Abyss in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Destination X in March.[72] On March 15, 2005, Hardy teamed with Shocker defeating David Young and Lex Lovett.[73] Hardy then went on to feud with Raven,[74][75] Hardy defeated Raven in a 6 sides of steel match at Lockdown in April.[76] Hardy was suspended from TNA after no-showing his "Clockwork Orange House of Fun" rematch with Raven at Hard Justice on May 15, allegedly due to travel difficulties.[7][77][78] Hardy's suspension was lifted on August 5, and he returned at Sacrifice approximately a week later, attacking Jeff Jarrett.[79]

One month later at Turning Point, Hardy, Styles and Randy Savage defeated Jarrett, Hall and Nash (collectively known as the Kings of Wrestling).[69] Hardy went on to defeat Hall in a singles match, substituting for Héctor Garza at Final Resolution on January 16, 2005.[70]

Hardy debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on June 23, 2004, at the Second Anniversary Show, in a match against A.J. Styles, for the TNA X Division Championship.[64] He also debuted his new entrance theme "Modest", a song performed by Hardy himself, and a new nickname, "The Charismatic Enigma".[7] The match ended in a no contest when Kid Kash and Dallas interfered.[64] Hardy returned to TNA on July 21 and was awarded a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[65] Hardy challenged for the title on September 8, losing to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett.[66] In October 2004, he won a tournament,[67] earning a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on November 7 at Victory Road, TNA's first monthly pay-per-view.[68] Hardy was defeated by Jarrett once again in a ladder match at Victory Road following interference from Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.[68]

Hardy in TNA in 2005

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004–2006)

Hardy performed with the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion on one occasion.[63] Hardy appeared at ROH's 2003 show, Death Before Dishonor, under his "Willow the Wisp" gimmick, wearing a mask and trench coat.[63] Hardy was quickly unmasked and lost his jacket, wearing attire similar to that he wore in WWE.[63] Hardy was booed and heckled before, during, and after the match by the ROH audience, who chanted "We want Matt!" and "You were fired!" during his match with Joey Matthews and Krazy K, which Hardy won.[63] Hardy then took a whole year off of wrestling to concentrate on motocross and finish his motocross track.[13]

Ring of Honor (2003)

Hardy made his first wrestling appearance after being released from WWE at an OMEGA show, on May 24.[7] Using his old gimmick, "Willow the Wisp", Hardy challenged Krazy K for the OMEGA Cruiserweight Championship, but lost the match.[7]

Independent circuit (2003)

In January 2003, Hardy briefly turned into a heel (villain) after he attacked Van Dam and Shawn Michaels.[1][56][57] It ended a month later when he saved Stacy Keibler from an attack by then-villain, Christian.[58] In February, he had a brief program with Michaels, which saw the two team up.[53][59] Then, in storyline, Hardy began dating Trish Stratus after saving her from Steven Richards and Victoria in March.[60] Hardy and Stratus had a brief on-screen relationship that saw the duo talking backstage and teaming together in matches. Hardy competed in his final match (his first departure) against The Rock and lost.[1][61] Hardy, however, was released from WWE on April 22, 2003.[1][62] The reasons given for the release were Hardy's erratic behavior, drug use, refusal to go to rehab, deteriorating ring performance, as well as constant tardiness and no-showing events.[4][62] Hardy also cites "burn out" and the need for time off as reasons for leaving WWE.[22]

In late 2002, Hardy had been teaming with Rob Van Dam and Bubba Ray Dudley. He along with Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley defeated 3-Minute Warning at Survivor Series in a six-man tag team elimination tables match.

After years in the tag team division, Hardy took on The Undertaker in a ladder match for the Undisputed WWE Championship.[7][53] Hardy came up short in the intense match, but earned The Undertaker's respect when he displayed courage by attempting to rise to his feet after the bout and challenge The Undertaker to continue.[7] Hardy competed for singles titles on several occasions and defeated William Regal for the WWE European Championship.[54] Hardy was defeated a few weeks later by Rob Van Dam in a match to unify the European Championship and the Intercontinental Championship, and the European Championship was retired.[54] Finally, the Hardy Boyz split apart, as Hardy continued to pursue his singles ambitions on Raw and his brother, Matt left Raw for his own singles pursuits signing with Stephanie McMahon's SmackDown! brand. On Raw, Hardy would compete in WWE's Hardcore division until the title's unification with the WWE Intercontinental Championship.[55]

Singles competition and departure (2002–2003)

In early April 2002, the Hardy Boyz began a feud with Brock Lesnar after Lesnar gave Matt an F-5 on the steel entrance ramp, which led to an angered Hardy seeking revenge on Lesnar.[48] At Backlash, Hardy faced-off against Lesnar in Lesnar's first televised match.[49] Lesnar dominated Hardy and won the match by knockout.[50] Lesnar and the Hardys continued to feud over the next few weeks, with the Hardys coming out victorious only once by disqualification.[51] At Judgment Day, Lesnar gained the upper hand on the Hardy Boyz before tagging his partner, Paul Heyman, in to claim the win for the team.[52] In July 2002, Hardy won his third Hardcore Championship by defeating Bradshaw.[10][42]

Jeff Hardy during an autograph signing session

Hardy gained attention for his high risk stunts in the TLC matches,[9][37][38] making a name for himself as one of the most seemingly reckless and unorthodox WWF performers of his time.[39] In 2001, Hardy received a push as a singles competitor, and he held the WWF Intercontinental (defeating Triple H),[40] Light Heavyweight (defeating Jerry Lynn)[41] and Hardcore Championships (defeating Mike Awesome and Van Dam on two separate occasions).[42] At the end of 2001, the Hardys began a storyline in which they began to fight, which led to Matt demanding a match at Vengeance, with Lita as the special guest referee.[43] After Hardy beat Matt by pinfall at Vengeance, while Matt's foot was on the ropes, Hardy and Lita began feuding against Matt.[44] In the middle of the feud, however, Hardy faced The Undertaker in a Hardcore Championship match and lost.[45] After the match, the Undertaker was scripted to attack both Hardy and Lita, injuring them.[45] On the next episode of SmackDown!, the Undertaker also attacked Matt, also injuring him, in storyline.[46] The Hardys and Lita were not seen again until the Royal Rumble, because WWE did not have another storyline for their characters.[47] The Hardys later came back as a team, and there was never any mention of their previous storyline split.[47]

In 2000, the Hardy Boyz found a new manager in their real-life friend Lita.[4] Together, the three became known as "Team Xtreme".[4] They continued their feud with Edge and Christian throughout 2000, defeating them for the WWF Tag Team Championship on two occasions.[35][36] At SummerSlam the Hardy Boyz competed in the first ever Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match (TLC match), for the Tag Team Championship against the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian, but were unsuccessful.[9]

The Hardy brothers eventually caught the eyes of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). After being signed to a contract in 1998,[8][31] they were trained by Dory Funk Jr. in his Funkin' Dojo with other notable wrestlers such as Kurt Angle, Christian, Test, and A-Train.[1] When the team was finally brought up to WWF television, after months of 'jobbing' and live events, they formed the acrobatic tag team called the Hardy Boyz.[7] While feuding with The Brood in mid-1999, they added Michael Hayes as their manager.[7] On July 5, they won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating the Acolytes, but lost it back to them a month later.[32] After the dissolution of the Brood, the Hardys joined forces with Gangrel as The New Brood and feuded with Edge and Christian.[7][33] This stable did not last long, however, and on October 17, 1999 at No Mercy, the Hardy Boyz won the managerial services of Terri Runnels in the finals of the Terri Invitational Tournament in the WWF's first ever tag team ladder match against Edge and Christian.[8][34] they competed in the first two tlc (tables ladders and chairs) matches ever,both against Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boyz.

Team Xtreme at King of the Ring in 2000

The Hardy Boyz (1998–2002)

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

[30] The promotion folded in April 1998 when they signed contracts with the WWF.[29][28][7] While there, Hardy held the New Frontier Championship as a singles competitor and the Tag Team Championship with Matt.[7] In OMEGA, each of the brothers portrayed several different characters; Hardy portrayed such characters as Willow the Wisp, Iceman, Mean Jimmy Jack Tomkins, and The Masked Mountain.[27], among others.Steve Corino, and Joey Matthews, Gregory Helms, Shannon Moore The promotion was a more successful version of the original TWF and included talent such as both Hardy brothers, [7]

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