For those who’re a pro-wrestling fan with an affinity for high-flying motion and Superstars who carry out death-defying, high rope stunts in all of their matches, then likelihood is you by no means missed a single match that featured Jeff and Matt Hardy. The Hardy Boyz have been one of many WWE’s hottest tag workforce attracts, and each Jeff and Matt skyrocketed into stardom with the corporate, resonating with audiences all around the world.
So why, in 2009, did Jeff up and depart the WWE?
When did the Hardy Boyz debut?
Though they formally grew to become a tag workforce in 1993 the place they reduce their tooth on unbiased circuits, which included yard trampoline wrestling, the Hardy Boyz grinded and slowly however certainly constructed a reputation for themselves till they lastly caught the eye of the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1998.
Their “Xtreme” persona was punctuated by a raver aesthetic, dyed hair, and gravity-defying strikes.
In 2000, Lita joined their tag workforce to show it right into a trio, turning into “Crew Xtreme” and ushering in an entire new power to be reckoned with in skilled wrestling. They shortly grew to become among the hottest Superstars the world of Sports activities Leisure has ever seen and have been a mainstay in fan-favorite storylines, iconic matches, and merchandising offers from t-shirts, to highschool folders, video video games, and something you’ll be able to consider.
It is also to necessary to think about that they debuted throughout the vaunted “Angle Period” that noticed the breakthrough of Superstars that had broad, cross-platform enchantment. We’re speaking The Rock and Stone Chilly Steve Austin. The Undertaker was arguably at his greatest throughout this time, as was Kane. Because the years progressed and a brand new slew of Superstars started to achieve fandom, like Brock Lesnar and John Cena, Matt and Jeff Hardy have been nonetheless very huge stars.
So why did Jeff Hardy depart the WWE in 2009?
From 2006 – 2009, Jeff Hardy actually was a foremost occasion fighter, taking over the likes of Triple H and John Cena, and even The Undertaker in contests that might’ve simply been featured on a pay-per-view and can be thought-about properly definitely worth the cash.
In mid-2002, the Hardy Boyz had break up (it occurs loads with in style tag groups to maintain issues contemporary within the group) and this was after they ran amok on different WWE duos.
The Dudley Boyz, and Edge and Christian have been all the time battling with Jeff and Matt Hardy, with the latter workforce being the clear fan favourite in most locations they carried out.
And though Jeff was getting loads of love from the WWE’s writing room, in direction of the top of April 2003, he took a break from wrestling for Vince McMahon’s firm.
“Erratic habits” was cited as being the first trigger. His in-ring efficiency suffered. There have been rumors of drug use, and he would typically simply flake on occasions.
Jeff has gone on document to say that his 2003 departure was attributable to being burnt out — life on the street is tough, in any case. He in the end cleaned up his act sufficient to hitch TNA Wrestling for a number of years.
However he returned to the WWE in 2006 and was instantly welcomed by followers, incomes a ton of belts within the course of, together with two WWE World Heavyweight Titles. Not dangerous for somebody who was simply on a break.
Jeff had sunken low, however battled again and managed to climb to the highest of the world’s greatest wrestling platform but once more. However his comeback was mired in some controversy as properly. In 2008, he was present in violation of the WWE’s wellness coverage, incomes himself a 30 day suspension within the course of. It was rumored that he was set to be the winner of an enormous “Cash within the Financial institution” ladder match at Wrestlemania XXIV earlier than that suspension.
His final match was a Metal Cage bout towards then-champion CM Punk. Jeff initiated the problem and CM agreed to the match with one situation: Jeff needed to agree to depart the WWE if he misplaced, which is strictly what occurred. Jeff Hardy truly left the WWE, so the author’s should’ve put within the wrestler’s departure as a part of the present’s official storyline.
Nonetheless, it is necessary to notice that Jeff did not depart due to substance abuse or attributable to a suspension.
His gritty, harmful type of pro-wrestling (is there even actually a “secure” strategy to do it, anyway?) brought about him a large number of accidents that he wished to take time to heal up. A lingering neck downside and two herniated disks meant Jeff had loads of work to do to get again to combating form, or simply not be in perpetual ache.
As an alternative of returning to the WWE, instantly, Jeff fastened his accidents and wrestled with TNA for an additional 7 years or so, incomes a bunch of title belts within the course of.
He returned to the WWE in 2017, and once more, needed to take day off to go to rehab. He made one other resounding return on March 13, 2020 on SmackDown! in entrance of an empty enviornment (coronavirus, yo!). And though the roar of the group wasn’t there, it was clear that the person hadn’t misplaced a step and his ardour for wrasslin’ stays.
He is nonetheless a mainstay of the WWE once more and followers are overjoyed to see him on the mat once more.