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“The smartest thing I have ever done” – Jeff Hardy On Walking Out During A WWE Live Event Match

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• “The smartest thing I have ever done” – Jeff Hardy On Walking Out During A WWE Live Event Match

After Jeff Hardy left a Live Event match in the middle, WWE thought he was doing drugs again and told him to either go to rehab or he will be released from the company.

Jeff told them to release him because he doesn’t need rehab, as he wasn’t doing any drugs.

WWE then had Jeff take a drug test and they released him before the drug test result came back.

Matt Hardy later revealed that Jeff passed this drug test and also confirmed the report of WWE wanting to bring Jeff back with a Hall Of Fame induction in April 2022, which Jeff turned down.

During an appearance on The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Jeff talked about the above stated incident and said it was the smartest thing he has ever done.

Below is what the former WWE Champion:

“Certain things happen for a reason and subconsciously that was one of the smartest, maybe the smartest thing I have ever done guided by something higher than me.

WWE was so strange, I had been there for almost 2 years I guess after I came back from knee surgery. When Matt debuted in AEW, the pandemic hit in front of nobody, he teleported down in the nosebleeds and I was going to debut in Detroit Michigan, I came back from knee surgery in front of the Performance Center to nobody.

It was just weird, the best way I can describe my last few months in WWE was just glimmers of hope like maybe I still do have something and the last glimmer of hope was the Survivor Series which was really good. Came down to me and Seth Rollins and I almost won and the crowd was so behind me, I felt like one of the most popular babyfaces in WWE.

Then there’s other times where I just felt like a ghost roaming the halls, I don’t know, why am I even here? I don’t feel important at all. I kept doing my deal, showing up and doing whatever they wanted me to do and I’ve never been a politician so I don’t go out of my way to get a certain spot or to achieve a certain status.

But yeah that night in Texas, I finished my heat, took the heat, and just said I’m ready to go. Went over the railing, disappeared into the crowd and naturally, they think I took something like drugs or whatever but I didn’t. I mean if I was that bad I should’ve never went out there is the way I see it.

But yeah, it’s just another unpredictable thing that I can do and I’d get away with it but it was more serious than that. It was one of the smartest things I had ever done because it 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 felt like I was supposed to be there, I just got chills thinking about that.

With WWE it just felt like they were keeping me there to sell action figures and that’s one of the things, I get so much joy out of painting my face and when I see that come out and immortalized in an action figure I’m like man, that’s why I do this.

This is so cool and that’s one thing I’m super excited about here in AEW is my first action figure with the face paint. This is exactly where I’m supposed to be right now.

It felt right in the moment, I wasn’t trying to get released. Just thinking about Survivor Series and how fun that was, that connection with the crowd and how they wanted me to win so bad. It just made me think back to SummerSlam, I went to SummerSlam and it was a big crowd in this stadium in Vegas and I was there all day for nothing. I was like why am I even here?

I was so excited about being a part of it, some little spot or something but I just wasn’t involved. I was like why am I even here? And that’s not just at SummerSlam but like why am I still here in WWE? What’s my purpose because it felt like I didn’t have much of one.”

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (March 18, 2000) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal

On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).

It was pre-taped at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey and featured mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania 2000’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

Prince Albert vs. Inferno Kid

Viscera vs. J.R. Ryder

The Headbangers vs. Julio Fantastico & Ty Street

The Godfather vs. Gangrel

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