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“AEW is more open minded. WWE is kind of set in their ways” – Jeff Hardy

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• “AEW is more open minded. WWE is kind of set in their ways” – Jeff Hardy

During a recent interview with Brian Rowitz of ESPN West Palm, former WWE Champion & current RAW Superstar Jeff Hardy talked about his lengthy career, AEW & more.

Below are the highlights:

On how lengthy his career has turned out to be:

“It’s extremely surreal. I don’t understand it and I don’t think I ever will. If I had been in WWE all those years I probably wouldn’t be here as I am. I’ve just been very lucky and blessed. I can’t put a number on how much longer I’ll do it, but man I’m just doing it one day at a time.”

On his brother, Matt Hardy, working for All Elite Wrestling:

“It’s really cool. Matt is in AEW and before the pandemic hit their crowds were just incredibly on fire. It was so exciting watching them. They’re very different than WWE. I don’t know how to explain it but they’re like, more open minded. WWE is kind of set in their ways.

It’s changed many times over the years, especially since the Attitude Era. It’s way different. Thank goodness we don’t hit each other in the head with chairs anymore, because I worry about that. It’s a lot safer now.

But for me to be where I am in WWE now and for Matt to be in the other wrestling world, it’s so cool. It’s cool we can go our separate ways and still be successful.”

On fans comparing AEW wrestler Darby Allin to him:

“I’m so honored for people to say that, especially a guy like Darby Allin. I’ve never met him, but when I watch him on AEW I go, ‘Wow. He is a lot like me.’

And he’s actually like a real life stuntman. I’ve always kind of said — jokingly — that I don’t even know how to wrestle. I think I’m just a stuntman when it comes to this stuff.

I’m more about the moment and the highlights. My career has been based around that.”

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• Old School WWF Legend Celebrates His Birthday

Old School WWF Legend The Iron Sheik (Real name: Khosrow Vaziri) celebrates his 79th birthday today.

The Iron Sheik wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1983 until 1987, then briefly in 1988 and again from 1991 till 1992.

In December 1983, Sheik defeated Bob Backlund for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, a title he lost a month later to “The Incredible” Hulk Hogan. The rest is history.

His last major match happened in 2001, when he won the famous ‘Gimmick Battle Royal’ at WWF WrestleMania X-Seven.

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by his old rival Sgt. Slaughter.


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