• Top WWE Star Was Ready To Face Jeff Hardy In 2022
During a recent interview on Wrestling Inside the Ropes with James Stewart a few months ago, former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy revealed that he wants to accomplish 2 things in WWE before retiring: wrestle Roman Reigns and capture the Universal Championship.
Here’s what Hardy said:
“My number one goal is definitely to be the Universal Champion one time before my career is over because I don’t put a number on how much longer I have. I’m very much living life day to day. I just want to entertain people.
It’s so exciting to be back in front of the live audiences after almost a year of the silence, and the ThunderDome, and the sound effects. It was a wild time to be a pro wrestler in WWE.
I got all these ideas still, and I’m so blessed that I still have the passion in here and up here for pro-wrestling that I had when I was 16 years old. Anything’s possible in pro-wrestling, and that’s why it’s so cool. So, I’m shooting for the stars.
It’s just so powerful every time I watch SmackDown, and I love The Usos and the the whole ‘Head of the Table’ thing. The ‘Tribal Chief’ is so strong. That’s definitely a dream match I have before my career is over because I’ve never been in the ring and went head to head with Roman Reigns ever.
That’s on my bucket list, for sure, and I think it could be a very beautiful encounter.”
It looks like Jeff was on his way to accomplish one of his above stated goals – facing “The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns.
According Steve Carrier, a WWE source is reporting that Roman Reigns was ready to face Hardy at either Royal Rumble 2022 or WWE Super ShowDown 2022 (Saudi Arabia PPV before WrestleMania 38):
“Jeff was not an issue. In fact, there was talk amongst the writers that Roman and Heyman were on board with working a match with Jeff at either the Rumble or Saudi.”
Sadly, Jeff won’t be able to accomplish these goals, as the 44-year-old Legend has been released from WWE because he refused to go to rehab after his recent incident at a Live Event.
This was most likely his final run in the WWE.
Hardy has a 90-day non-compete clause, which will last till March 9, 2022.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 10, 2001) – WWF Monday Night RAW
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.
It was broadcasted from the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California and featured matches, interviews & segments, on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2002’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. The Undertaker vs. Spike Dudley
2. Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle
3. William Regal vs. Kane
4. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Rock & Trish Stratus
5. Handicap Match: Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy & Lita
6. The Big Show vs. Lance Storm
7. Steel Cage Match: Chris Jericho vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin