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Jeff Hardy mentioned the incident that occured at a WWE dwell occasion that lead to him being launched by WWE on The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast.
On Dec. 4 throughout a match at a WWE Live occasion, Hardy was teaming with Drey McIntyre & King Xavier Woods when he left the ring and exited the world by way of the gang. He was despatched residence by WWE the following day after which subsequently recleased on Dec. 9.
After the incident, Matt Hardy stated that Jeff was alright, however not many particulars about why Jeff left the ring had come to gentle till now. Hardy talked concerning the incident and framed it by saying he was pissed off by how he was getting used in WWE.
“Certain things happen for a reason,” stated Hardy. “Subconsciously, that was maybe the smartest thing I’ve ever done, guided by something higher than me, I’ll say,” Jeff stated about his exit on the dwell occasion. “WWE was so strange, I had been there for almost two years. After I came back from knee surgery, another strange thing about our careers, when Matt debuted in AEW, the pandemic had hit, in front of nobody, he teleported down from the nosebleeds. I was supposed to return in Detroit in front of 20,000 people, I came back from knee surgery in front of nobody. I came back from surgery, Matt debuted in front of nothing because of the pandemic. It was weird. The best way I can describe my journey the last few months in WWE was like glimmers of hope, maybe I still do have something.’”
Hardy went on to say that he felt hopeful after being booked strongly solely to fall quick to Seth Rollins in a conventional Survivor Series match at Survivor Series final 12 months, however that modified rapidly in the weeks that adopted the present.
“The last glimmer of hope was Survivor Series, which was really good,” stated Hardy. “It got here down to me and Seth Rollins, I used to be killing it, virtually received and the gang was so behind me. I felt like some of the widespread babyfaces in WWE as a result of the gang was so with me. Then there have been different instances the place I felt like a ghost, roaming the halls like, ‘why am I even here? I don’t really feel essential.’ I saved doing my deal and would present up and do no matter they wished me to do. I’ve by no means been a politicker so I don’t exit of my method to attempt to get a sure spot or obtain a sure standing. That evening in Edinburg, Texas, I completed my warmth, I took the warmth, and I stated, ‘I’m prepared to go.’ Went over the rail, disappeared into the gang. Naturally, they suppose I took one thing like medicine or no matter, however I didn’t. If I used to be that unhealthy, I ought to have by no means went on the market, that’s the best way I see it. I assumed, ‘Just another unpredictable thing I can do and I’ll get away with it.’ It was extra severe than that.
“Again, it was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done because everything worked out so perfectly, mainly because my first day in AEW, I felt valuable for the first time. The care and love I was shown, I got chills thinking about it. In WWE, it felt like they just wanted to keep me there to sell action figures. I put so much love and joy in painting my face, when I see it come out and immortalized in an action figure, I’m like, ‘that’s why it do this, it’s so cool.’ That’s one thing I’m super excited about in AEW, my first action figure with the face paint.”
Hardy was requested if he was making an attempt to get WWE to release him by leaving by way of the gang and he stated, “It felt right in the moment. I wasn’t trying to get released. Just thinking about Survivor Series and how fun that was, the connection with the crowd and they wanted me to win so bad, it made me think back to SummerSlam, it was a big crowd, and I was just there all day for nothing like, ‘Why am I even here?’ I was so excited to be a part of it, some little spot or something, but I wasn’t even involved. ‘Why am I even here?’ Not just SummerSlam, but, ‘Why am I still here in WWE? What’s my purpose?’ because it didn’t feel like I had much of one.”
During the podcast, Jeff Hardy additionally revealed that WWE had offered him a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2022. Hardy stated he was virtually offended by the provide. “It felt completely wrong, said Hardy. “It didn’t feel like the time at all. I almost felt offended. I was very emotional and almost felt offended. Like, ‘What? Wait. After my 90 days is up and the Hall of Fame is in April and I do go to AEW, how is that going to work? What are y’all trying to hit me with if I do sign with AEW when I’m free and me going to the Hall of Fame, how would that work?’ My mind and emotion went crazy and I was in tears. This is my career. I know I’ve been a very influential person to a lot of young and misunderstood individuals, but it felt so wrong. It almost felt like, ‘How dare you’ in a sense. I know that sounds crazy. You get offered Hall of Fame and it’s like, ‘Oh, of course, I’m a Hall of Famer.’ It’s never really meant that much to me, the Hall of Fame, whatever it is, but it’s just not time for that. That’s why I was like, ‘It’s a hard no.’ Especially because it feels like something Matt and I should go in together, as the Hardy Boyz, when the time is right. It’s just weird. I still don’t know how I feel about that, overall, it just felt so wrong. Maybe I should have said, ‘What if I’m in AEW at the time of the Hall of Fame?’”
Matt Hardy commented on the scenario saying, “I imagine they would have had you under a nice little contract where you couldn’t have come to AEW” to which Jeff replied, “Probably so, like a legends deal.”
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h/t to Fightful for the transcription of Jeff’s feedback used in this text.