Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy (August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician, currently signed to WWE on the Smackdown brand. He formerly worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Before gaining prominence in WWE, Hardy performed for the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), a promotion he ran with his brother Matt. After being signed by WWE, the brothers worked as jobbers, before gaining notoriety in the tag team division, partly due to their participation in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches. With the addition of Lita, the team became known as Team Xtreme and continued to rise in popularity. As a tag team wrestler, Hardy is an ten-time world tag team champion (six World Tag Team Championships, one WCW Tag Team Championship, two TNA World Tag Team Championships and one ROH World Tag Team Championship) – all with his brother Matt. On the independent circuit, Jeff is two-time OMEGA Tag Team Champions and one-time The Crash Tag Team Champions with Matt.
As a singles wrestler, Hardy is a six-time world champion, having held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship three times, the WWE Championship once, and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship twice. Within WWE, he also held the Intercontinental Championship four times, the Light Heavyweight and European Championships once each and the Hardcore Championship three times, and the WWE United States Championship once, making him the nineteenth Triple Crown Champion and the tenth Grand Slam Champion in company history. Between WWE, TNA and ROH, Hardy has won 26 total championships.
Hardy is involved in motocross, music, painting, and other artistic endeavors. He is currently a member of the band PeroxWhy?Gen, with whom he has released two studio albums and one extended play.
Hardy is the son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy, and the younger brother of Matt. Their mother died of brain cancer in 1986, when Hardy was nine. He developed an interest in motocross aged 12 and got his first bike, a Yamaha YZ-80, at age 13. He had his first race when he was in ninth grade. Hardy played baseball as a child, but had to stop after he crashed during a motocross race, injuring his arm. He also played football during high school as a fullback and linebacker. He briefly competed in amateur wrestling in high school. He had to stop playing sports in high school, after he was ordered to pick between professional wrestling and playing sports, and he chose wrestling. Hardy's favorite subjects in school were U.S. history and art, which he did for extra credit.
Professional wrestling career
Besides tag team notoriety with his brother Matt, Jeff has experienced success as a singles wrestler and is a four-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship once the TNA World Heavyweight Championship once and World Heavyweight Championship twice, a four-time Intercontinental Champion, and has held the Light Heavyweight, and European Championships once each. He is also a former Hardcore Champion, having held the championship on three occasions. He received his first major main event push towards the end of 2007, including challenging for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2008, and eventually won the WWE Championship at the Armageddon pay-per-view in December 2008. After his run with the WWE Championship, Hardy would go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship from CM Punk at Night of Champions 2009, before dropping it back to Punk at SummerSlam, then challenging Punk again in a Steel Cage match the following week on Friday Night SmackDown!, where his career with WWE was on the line. Hardy lost the match, and therefore left WWE. In January 2010, Hardy returned to TNA.
Hardy cites Sting, The Ultimate Warrior, and Shawn Michaels as his childhood inspirations to wrestle. Hardy had been on World Wrestling Federation (WWF) television as a jobber (a wrestler who consistently loses to make his opponents look stronger) as early as age sixteen. His first WWF match was against Razor Ramon on May 24, 1994. The next day he wrestled against The 1-2-3 Kid, and the match aired on the June 25 episode of Superstars. He occasionally wrestled as a jobber as late as 1997 before beginning his first major run in 1998. Hardy, along with his brother Matt and friends, started their own federation, the Trampoline/Teenage Wrestling Federation (TWF) and mimicked the moves they saw on television. Later on, the TWF went under several different names, eventually being integrated into a county fair in North Carolina. The brothers and their friends then began to work for other independent companies. They drove all over the East Coast of the United States, working for companies such as ACW and other small promotions.
Before arriving in the WWF, Matt formed his own wrestling promotion, the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA) with Thomas Simpson. The promotion was a more successful version of the original TWF and included talent such as both Hardy brothers, Shannon Moore, Gregory Helms, Joey Matthews, and Steve Corino, among others. In OMEGA, each of the brothers portrayed several different characters; Hardy portrayed such characters as Willow the Wisp, Iceman, Mean Jimmy Jack Tomkins, and The Masked Mountain. While there, Hardy held the New Frontier Championship as a singles competitor and the Tag Team Championship with Matt. The promotion folded in April 1998 when they signed contracts with the WWF.
World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (1998-2003)
After being signed by WWE, the brothers worked as jobbers, before gaining notoriety in the tag team division, partly due to their participation in Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches. With the addition of Lita, the team became known as Team Xtreme and continued to rise in popularity. As a tag team wrestler, Hardy is a six-time World Tag Team Champion and a one-time WCW Tag Team Champion.
The Hardy Boyz (1998–2002)
The Hardy brothers eventually caught the eyes of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). After being signed to a contract in 1998, they were trained by Dory Funk Jr. in his Funkin' Dojo with other notable wrestlers such as Kurt Angle, Christian, Test, and A-Train. When the team was finally brought up to WWF television, after months of 'jobbing' and live events, they formed the acrobatic tag team called the Hardy Boyz. While feuding with The Brood in mid-1999, they added Michael Hayes as their manager. On July 5, they won their first WWF Tag Team Championship by defeating the Acolytes, but lost it back to them a month later. After the dissolution of the Brood, the Hardys joined forces with Gangrel as The New Brood and feuded with Edge and Christian. This stable did not last long, however, and on October 17, 1999 at No Mercy, the Hardy Boyz won the managerial services of Terri Runnels in the finals of the Terri Invitational Tournament in the WWF's first ever tag team ladder match against Edge and Christian.
In 2000, the Hardy Boyz found a new manager in their real-life friend Lita. Together, the three became known as "Team Xtreme". They continued their feud with Edge and Christian throughout 2000, defeating them for the WWF Tag Team Championship on two occasions. At SummerSlam the Hardy Boyz competed in the first ever Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match (TLC match), for the Tag Team Championship against the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian, but were unsuccessful.
Hardy gained attention for his high risk stunts in the TLC matches in the year 2000, 2001, and 2002. He made a name for himself as one of the most seemingly reckless and unorthodox WWF performers of his time. In 2001, Hardy received a push as a singles competitor, and he held the WWF Intercontinental (defeating Triple H), Light Heavyweight (defeating Jerry Lynn) and Hardcore Championships (defeating Mike Awesome and Rob Van Dam on two separate occasions). At the end of 2001, the Hardys began a storyline in which they began to fight, which led to Matt demanding a match at Vengeance, with Lita as the special guest referee. After Hardy beat Matt at Vengeance, while Matt's foot was on the ropes, Hardy and Lita began feuding against Matt. In the middle of the feud, however, Hardy faced The Undertaker in a Hardcore Championship match and lost. After the match, the Undertaker was scripted to attack both Hardy and Lita, injuring them. On the next episode of SmackDown!, the Undertaker also attacked Matt, also injuring him, in storyline. The Hardys and Lita were not seen again until the Royal Rumble, because WWE did not have another storyline for their characters. The Hardys later came back as a team, and there was never any mention of their previous storyline split.
In early April 2002, the Hardy Boyz began a feud with Brock Lesnar after Lesnar gave Matt an F-5 on the steel entrance ramp, which led to an angered Hardy seeking revenge on Lesnar. At Backlash, Hardy faced-off against Lesnar in his first televised match. Lesnar dominated Hardy and won the match by knockout. Lesnar and the Hardys continued to feud over the next few weeks, with the Hardys coming out victorious only once by disqualification. At Judgement Day, Lesnar gained the upper hand on the Hardy Boyz before tagging his partner (and manager), Paul Heyman, in to claim the win for the team. In July 2002, Hardy won his third Hardcore Championship by defeating Bradshaw.
Singles competition (2002–2003)
After years in the tag team division, Hardy took on The Undertaker in a ladder match for the Undisputed Championship. Hardy came up short, but earned the Undertaker's respect. Hardy competed for singles titles on several occasions and defeated William Regal for the WWE European Championship. Hardy was defeated a few weeks later by Rob Van Dam in a match to unify the European Championship and the Intercontinental Championship, and the European Championship was dropped. Finally, the Hardy Boyz split apart, as Hardy continued to pursue his singles ambitions on Raw and his brother, Matt was drafted to the SmackDown! brand.
In January 2003, he briefly turned into a heel (villain) after he attacked Van Dam and Shawn Michaels. It ended a month later when he saved Stacy Keibler from an attack by then-villain, Christian. In February, he had a brief program with Michaels, which saw the two team up. Then, in storyline, Hardy began dating Trish Stratus after saving her from Steven Richards and Victoria in March. Hardy and Stratus had a brief on-screen relationship that saw the duo talking backstage, kissing, and teaming together in matches. Hardy, however, was released from WWE on April 22, 2003. The reasons given for the release were Hardy's erratic behavior, drug use, refusal to go to rehab, deteriorating ring performance, as well as constant tardiness and no-showing events. Hardy also cites "burn out" and the need for time off as reasons for leaving WWE.
Time off and independent circuit (2003)
Hardy made his first wrestling appearance after being released from WWE at an OMEGA show, on May 24. Using his old gimmick, "Willow the Wisp", Hardy challenged Krazy K for the OMEGA Cruiserweight Championship, but lost the match. Hardy performed with the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion on one occasion. Hardy appeared at ROH's 2003 show, Death before Dishonor under his "Willow the Wisp" gimmick, wearing a mask and trench coat. Hardy was quickly unmasked and lost his jacket, wearing attire similar to that he wore in WWE. Hardy was booed and heckled before, during, and after the match by the ROH audience, who chanted "We want Matt!" and "You were fired!" during his match with Joey Matthews and Krazy K, which Hardy won. Hardy then took a whole year off of wrestling to concentrate on motocross and finish his motocross track.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2004–2006)
Hardy debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on June 23, 2004, at the Second Anniversary Show, in a match against TNA X Division Champion A.J. Styles, for the title. He also debuted his new entrance theme "Modest", a song performed by Hardy himself, and a new nickname, "The Charismatic Enigma". The match ended in a no contest when Kid Kash and Dallas interfered. Hardy returned to TNA on July 21 and was awarded a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy challenged for the title on September 8, losing to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett. In October 2004, he won a tournament, earning a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on November 7 at Victory Road, TNA's first monthly pay-per-view. Hardy was defeated by Jarrett once again in a ladder match at Victory Road following interference from Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. One month later at Turning Point, Hardy, Styles and Randy Savage defeated Jarrett, Hall and Nash (collectively known as the Kings of Wrestling). Hardy went on to defeat Hall in a singles match, substituting for Héctor Garza at Final Resolution on January 16, 2005
At Against All Odds in February 2005, Hardy lost to Abyss in a "Full Metal Mayhem" match for the number one contendership to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy returned the favor by defeating Abyss in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Destination X in March. Hardy then went on to feud with Raven, with Hardy booked to defeat Raven in a steel cage match at Lockdown in April. Hardy was suspended from TNA after no-showing his "Clockwork Orange House of Fun" rematch with Raven at Hard Justice on May 15, allegedly due to travel difficulties. Hardy's suspension was lifted on August 5, and he returned at Sacrifice approximately a week later, attacking Jeff Jarrett. He wrestled his first TNA match in four months at Unbreakable on September 11, losing to Bobby Roode following interference from Jarrett. Throughout October 2005, Hardy became embroiled in a feud with Abyss, Rhino and Sabu. The four-way feud culminated in a Monster's Ball match at Bound for Glory on October 23, which Rhino won after delivering a second rope Rhino Driver to Hardy. In the course of the match, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Abyss from a height of approximately 17 ft 0 in (5.18 m). Later that night, Hardy competed in a ten-man battle royal for the number one contendership to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which Rhino also won. At Genesis in November, Hardy lost to Monty Brown in another number one contender match.
Hardy was scheduled to wrestle on the pre-show of Turning Point in December 2005, but once again no-showed the event, again citing traveling problems. Hardy was suspended as a result and did not appear on TNA television again. In March, April, and May 2006, Hardy appeared on several live events promoted by TNA in conjunction with Dave Hebner and the United Wrestling Federation.
Return to World Wrestling Entertainment (2006-2009)
On August 4, 2006, WWE announced that Hardy had re-signed with the company. In the following weeks, vignettes aired hyping his return on the August 21 episode of Raw. On the day of his return, Hardy received a push and defeated then-WWE Champion Edge by disqualification when Lita pulled Edge out of the ring. After failing to capture the Intercontinental Championship from Johnny Nitro over the next few weeks, including at Unforgiven, Hardy finally defeated Nitro to win his second Intercontinental Championship on the October 2 episode of Raw. On the November 6 episode of Raw, Hardy lost the Intercontinental Championship back to Nitro, after Nitro hit him with the Intercontinental Championship title belt. One week later, Hardy regained it on the November 13 episode of Raw, with a crucifix pin. This marked Hardy's third reign as Intercontinental Champion.
The Hardys reunion (2006–2007)
On the November 21 episode of ECW on Sci Fi Hardy teamed with his brother, Matt, for the first time in almost five years to defeat the Full Blooded Italians. At Survivor Series, they both were a part of Team D-Generation X, which gained the victory over Team Rated-RKO with a clean sweep. The brothers then received their first opportunity since Hardy's return to win a tag team championship at Armageddon. They competed in a four-team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but they came up short in their attempt. In the course of the match, however, they inadvertently legitimately injured Joey Mercury's face. With Hardy still feuding with Johnny Nitro and the other members of MNM into 2007, he was challenged once again by Nitro at New Year's Revolution in a steel cage match for the Intercontinental Championship. Hardy once again defeated Nitro. Hardy then teamed with Matt to defeat MNM at both the Royal Rumble and No Way Out pay-per-views. The next night on Raw, February 19, Hardy was defeated for the Intercontinental Championship by Umaga. In April 2007, Hardy competed in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23. During the match, Matt threw Edge onto a ladder and encouraged Hardy, who was close to the winning briefcase, to finish him off. Hardy then leaped off the 20-foot-high (6.1 m) ladder, drove Edge through the ladder with a leg drop, seemingly injuring both Edge and himself. The two were unable to continue the match and were removed from ringside on stretchers.
The next night on Raw, April 2, the Hardys competed in a 10-team battle royal for the World Tag Team Championship. They won the titles after eliminating Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. They then began a feud with Cade and Murdoch, with the Hardys retaining the Championship in their first title defense against them at Backlash and again at Judgment Day. The Hardys, however, dropped the titles to Cade and Murdoch on June 4 on Raw. The Hardys earned a rematch at Vengeance 2007 but were defeated.
Main event status (2007–2009)
In the midst of feuding with Umaga, who defeated Hardy at The Great American Bash to retain the Intercontinental Championship in late July, Hardy was abruptly taken off WWE programming. He posted on his own website and in the forums of TheHardyShow.com that it was time off to heal, stemming from a bad fall taken in a match against Mr. Kennedy on the July 23 episode of Raw. He made his return on the August 27 episode of Raw beating Kennedy by disqualification after Umaga interfered. The following week, on September 3, Hardy successfully captured his fourth Intercontinental Championship by defeating Umaga for the title.
This was the start of a push for Hardy, and at Survivor Series, Hardy and Triple H were the last two standing to win the traditional elimination match. Hardy began an on and off tag team with Triple H, which eventually led to a respectful feud between the two. The scripted rivalry continued at Armageddon, when Hardy defeated Triple H to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship. In the weeks leading up to the Royal Rumble, Hardy and Randy Orton engaged in a personal feud, which began when Orton kicked Hardy's brother, Matt, to the head (called a Punt) in the storyline. Hardy, in retaliation, performed a Swanton Bomb on Orton from the top of the Raw set and seemed to have all the momentum after coming out on top in their encounters. Hardy, however, lost the title match at the Royal Rumble, but was named as one of six men to compete in an Elimanation Chamber Match at No Way Out, where he survived to the final two before being eliminated by the eventual winner, Triple H.
During the March 3 episode of Raw, Hardy appeared on Chris Jericho's "Highlight Reel" segment as a special guest, but ended up attacking Jericho. This led to an Intercontinental title match on the following Raw where Hardy dropped the title to Jericho. Off-screen, Hardy dropped the title after he was suspended for sixty days, as of March 11, for his second violation of the company's Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. Hardy was also removed from the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV after the suspension was announced. Hardy returned on the May 12 episode of Raw, defeating Umaga. This reignited the rivalry between the two, and they met in a Falls Count Anywhere match at One Night Stand, which Hardy won.
On June 23, 2008, Hardy was drafted from the Raw brand to the SmackDown brand, as a part of the 2008 WWE Draft. Hardy made his SmackDown debut on the July 4 episode, defeating John Morrison. Hardy participated in the WWE Championship Scamble Match at Unforgiven and also challenged for the Championship at No Mercy and Cyber Sunday, but failed to win each time. He was originally scheduled to be in the WWE Championship match at Survivor Series, but, in storyline, was found unconscious in his hotel, allowing the returning Edge to replace him in the match and win the title. At Armageddon in December 2008, Hardy defeated the defending champion Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE Championship, his first world heavyweight championship.
In January 2009, Hardy's next storyline led to his involvement in scripted accidents, including a hit-and-run automobile accident and an accident involving his ring entrance pyrotechnics. At the 2009 Royal Rumble, Hardy lost his WWE Championship to Edge after Hardy's brother, Matt, interfered on Edge's behalf and hit Hardy with a steel chair. The buildup to this feud involved Matt implying that he was responsible for all of Hardy's accidents over the past few months, and at WrestleMania XXV, Hardy was defeated by Matt in an Extreme Rules Match. In a rematch at Backlash, however, Hardy defeated Matt in an "I Quit" match.
At Extreme Rules, Hardy defeated Edge to win the World Heavyweight Championship in a ladder match. Immediately after the match, however, CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, which gave him a guaranteed world championship match at any time he wanted, and defeated Hardy to win the championship. Hardy received his rematch at The Bash, and won the match via disqualification, with Punk still retaining the title. At Night of Champions, however, Hardy won the championship for the second time, by defeating Punk. At the SummerSlam pay-per-view in August, Hardy lost the title back to Punk in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match. On the August 28 episode of SmackDown, Punk defeated Hardy in a steel cage rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship, resulting in Hardy being forced to leave WWE, in storyline, per the pre-match stipulation. This storyline was put in place to allow Hardy to leave WWE to heal his injuries, including a neck injury. Hardy also had two herniated discs in his lower back and was suffering from restless legs syndrome.
Return to TNA Wrestling and Heel Turn (2010-2011)
On TNA's first live Monday edition of Impact! on January 4, 2010, Hardy made his return to TNA, along with Shannon Moore. He was attacked by Homicide after emerging from the crowd, but hit Homicide with a steel chair and performed the Twist of Fate on the Impact! Zone ramp. The following day, it was reported that Hardy had signed a new contract with TNA. Hardy would make his next appearance for the company on the March 8 episode of Impact!, saving D'Angelo Dinero, Abyss and Hulk Hogan from A.J. Styles, Ric Flair and Desmond Wolfe. The following week Hardy defeated the TNA World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles in a non-title match. On the April 5 episode of Impact! Hardy was introduced as a member of Team Hogan for the annual Lethal Lockdown match, where they would face Team Flair. At Lockdown Team Hogan (Hardy, Abyss, Jeff Jarrett and Rob Van Dam) defeated Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, Robert Roode and James Storm). At Sacrifice Hardy defeated Mr. Anderson. After the event, Anderson turned face and eventually managed to convince the skeptical Hardy that he really had changed, after which the two went on to form a tag team. At Slammiversary VIII Hardy and Anderson, now known as Enigmatic Assholes, defeated Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) in a tag team match.
On the August 19 episode of Impact! the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was vacated and Hardy was entered into an eight-man tournament for the championship, defeating Rob Terry in his first round match. At the semifinals at No Surrender Hardy first wrestled Kurt Angle to a twenty-minute time-limit draw, after which Eric Bischoff ordered a five-minute period of extra time. After that and a second five-minute extra time period also ended in draws, it was ruled that Angle was unable to continue and the match ended in a no contest. After wrestling a draw on the September 16 episode of Impact!, it was announced that both Hardy and Angle would advance to the finals at Bound for Glory, where they would compete with Mr. Anderson in a three-way match.
At Bound for Glory, Hardy turned heel with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and with their help defeated Angle and Anderson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. They were then joined by Jeff Jarrett and Abyss, revealing the group that Abyss had been referring to as "they" for several months. On the following edition of Impact! the stable was named Immortal, as it formed an alliance with Ric Flair's Fortune. Meanwhile, Hardy debuted a new dark character, using biblical words as he explained the reasons behind his turn.
On the following edition of Impact! Hogan presented Hardy with a new design of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, which he dubbed the TNA Immortal Championship. Hardy successfully defended the title at Final Resolution in a rematch against Matt Morgan after taking out the special guest referee Mr. Anderson and having a replacement referee count the pinfall.
On January 9 at Genesis, Matt Hardy made his TNA debut as a surprise member of Immortal and defeated Rob Van Dam to prevent him from getting a shot at Jeff's World Heavyweight Championship. Later in the event Hardy attempted to capitalize on the fact that Mr. Anderson and Matt Morgan had just competed in a number one contender's match by giving the winner, Anderson, the title match immediately following his win. However, after interference from Matt Morgan,Mick Foley, Matt Hardy, Rob Van Dam and Eric Bischoff, Anderson ended up defeating Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Despite the major set-back, Jeff was given a second chance at Against All Odds 2011, and beat Mr. Anderson to regain his prestigious title. Hardy held the title for less than two weeks, defending it once against Rob Van Dam, before losing it to Sting on February 24, at the tapings of the March 3 edition of iMPACT. At Victory Road 2011, Hardy received a rematch for the title, under No DQ rules, but was defeated in ninety seconds. TNA had made the decision to cut the match short after deeming that Hardy was in no condition to wrestle. The following day it was reported that TNA had sent Hardy home from the weeks iMPACT tapings. On the March 17 episode of iMPACT, Immortal severed their ties with Hardy.
On August 23, 2011, TNA announced that Hardy would be making his return to the promotion at the Impact Wrestling tapings on August 25 in Huntsville, Alabama. The return would take place only five days after Matt Hardy was released from his TNA contract. In his return, which was taped for the September 8 edition of Impact Wrestling, Hardy spoke to the audience as a face, acknowledging that he had hit rock bottom at Victory Road in March, before asking the fans for "one more shot". Hardy wrestled his first match in six months on September 15 at a live event in York, Pennsylvania, defeating Jeff Jarrett. Hardy was inserted into the Bound for Glory Series, whih he eventually won, defeating Bully Ray at No Surrender. At Bound for Glory, Hardy defeated Austin Aries to win his third TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He also became the first man to hold all three designs of the Championship. Hardy made his first defense on the Oct. 25th episode of Impact Wrestling defeating Kurt Angle to retain his title. At Turning Point, Hardy defeated Aries in a ladder match to retain the championship.
Hardy entered a feud with Roode again after Roode paid Aces & Eights to attack Hardy. Hardy defeated Roode at Final Resolution to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, both men were attacked by Aces & Eights. Aries had outpaid Roode to interfere in their match. Hardy challenged Aries to title match after that. The following week, Hardy would be successful against Aries after Roode interfered this time. The rivalry led to a triple threat elimination match for the championship at Genesis on January 13, 2013, which Hardy would win and retain his championship. On the January 24 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy successfully defended the TNA World heavyweight Championship against Christopher Daniels. Afterwards, Hardy was jumped by a member of Aces & Eights who then injured Hardy's left leg with a ball-peen hammer. Hardy returned on the February 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, teaming up with his new number one contender Bully Ray to defeat Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian). On March 10 at Lockdown, Hardy lost the World heavyweiight Championship to Ray in a steel cage match, following interference from Aces & Eights, ending his reighn at 147 days. On the March 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated Kurt Angle, Magnus & Samoa Joe in a four-way match to become number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy received his ttile opportunity on the April 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Bully Ray in a Full Metal Mayhem match.
Hardy returned to TNA on June 2 at Slammiversary XI, teaming with Magnus and Samoa Joe in a winning effort against Aces & Eights (Garret Bischoff, Mr. Anderson and Wes Brisco). As a result of previously winning the Bound for Glory Series, Hardy and Roode were entered into the 2013 Bound for Glory Series on the June 13 episode of Impact. The following week, Hardy defeated Roode in his first BFG series match via pinfall to earn seven points in the tournament. Hardy's participation in the Bounf for Glory series was ended when he lost a twenty-point battle royal to Kazarian. On the September 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy defeated X Division Champion Manik in a non-title match. On the October 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy teamed with Manik defeating Kenny King and Chris Sabin which led to the announcement of the Ultimate X match for the X Division Championship at Bound for Glory. On October 20 at Bound for Glory, Hardy debuted a new theme song and competed in his first Ultimate X match for the TNA X Division Championshp but was unsuccessful as Chris Sabin won the match after an interference by Velvet Sky. On November 7, did battle with Sabin to determine who would qualify to the quarter-finals of the TNA World Title tournament in a Full Metal Mayhem match. Hardy defeated Sabin after leaping over the top of the ladder. Hardy made it to the finals of the World Title Tournament and was close to winning his fourth TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated by Magnus due to the interference of Rockstar Spud. The following week on Impact, Jeff Hardy teamed up with Sting to face The BroMans, Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud. Hardy made a leave of absence due to dispute with management.
On the February 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, a vignette aired showing Hardy was making his return as Willow in TNA. He made his TNA return on March 9 at Lockdown, in the Lethal Lockdown match as part of Team MVP. He then appeared on the following episode of IMPACT Wrestling, facing Rockstar Spud. In the follwoing weeks, he would then continue to feud with Spud and Ethan Carter III, leading to a tag team match between them (with Kurt Angle as Willow's partner) at Sacrifice on April 27. Willow and Angle would go on to win that match. On May 1, Willow defeated James Storm by Disqualification when Storm shoved the referee and as Storm made his way up the ramp, Mr. Anderson appeared and hit Storm with the Mic Check. On May 8, Willow's match against Magnus ended in a DQ when Bram interfered and handcuffed Willow to the bottom rope and started to hit him with a metal turnbuckle. On May 15, Willow defeated both Magnus and Bram in a two on One handicap match. On the May 22 edition of Impact, Willow defeated Magnus in a Falls Count Anywhere match. On the June 5th edition of Impact, Willow won his match against Bram by DQ when Magnus came to the ring and attacked him with a Steel Pry Bar.
Return as Jeff Hardy (2014–2017)
On the July 10th edition of Impact Wrestling, Kurt Angle asked Willow to bring Jeff Hardy back for a 20 Man over the top rope battle royal later that night. Jeff competed in the match as himself and won, retiring Willow in the process as well as earning a match with Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship the following week, which Hardy lost. On the July 24 Impact Wrestling, Hardy told the audience that we had not seen the last of Willow and then brought out his brother Matt Hardy to reform The Hardys. The Wolves joined them in the ring and challenged them to a match for the TNA World Tag Team Championships at the Destination X edition of Impact Wrestling, which the Hardys agreed to. At Destination X, the Hardys lost against the Wolves, but shook hands after the match. The next week, Matt was one of many TNA wrestlers who stopped Dixie Carter from running away from Team 3D, which led to Carter being put through a table. On the August 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, Team 3D challenged The Hardys to a match, which Team 3D won. At the Hardcore Justice edition of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys and Team 3D talked about a match involving themselves and The Wolves. When The Wolves were asked by the two teams, they agreed. Later that night, Kurt Angle announced all three teams would compete in a best of three series for the TNA World Tag Team Championships with the winners of the first match choosing the stipulation of the next one. The Hardys did not win the series. The Hardys entered in a #1 contenders tournament for a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championships. On the October 22 edition of Impact Wrestling, The Hardys defeated The BroMans in the first round to advance in the tournament. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling The Hardys defeated Ethan Carter III and Tyrus to advance to the finals of the tournament. The following week The Hardys defeated Samoa Joe and Low Ki in the finals of the tournament and would challenge The Wolves for the TNA World Tag Team Championships. On the January 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy along with his brother Matt were at ringside during The Wolves vs James Storm and Abyss; during the match, The Great Sanada and Manik attempted to interfere in the match, but ended up receiving a side effect from Matt Hardy and a Twist of Fate from Jeff Hardy. Despite that, it distracted Eddie Edwards then Edwards received a last call super kick from Storm. At the Lockdown episode of Impact Wrestling, Hardy suffered a minor concussion which was set as a storyline injury when he fell on the door of the cage, James Storm hit Hardy off the door onto the steel steps below with a cowbell.
Hardy returned after the TNA United Kingdom tour. In March, The Hardys participated in a tournament for the vacant TNA World Tag Team Championship. On March 16, 2015, The Hardys won an Ultimate X match for the belts for the first time as a team and individually. On May 8, 2015, The Hardys vacated the TNA World Tag Team Championships due to Jeff Hardy's dirt bike accident.
Hardy returned from injury o the July 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, making an announcement that his brother, Matt would face TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III in a Full Metal Mayhem match, in which Matt was unsuccessful. After a brief hiatus, Hardy return on the August 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, where he and Matt made an agreement, if Matt loses his second match against Carter for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, then Jeff would become his personal assistant. Matt was unsuccessful, and Jeff became Cater's assistant. On the September 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, after refusing to his Spud, then hitting Carter with a Twist of Fate, Hardy quit as Carter's personal assistant, therefore also (storyline) quitting TNA, though immediately after Hardy's resignation, Carter stated that Jeff couldn't quit because he was fired. On the September 30 episode of Impact Wrestling, TNA President Dixie Carter announced that Hardy would be the special guest referee in the triple threat world title match between Cater, MattHardy and Drew Galloway at Bound for Glory XI, at the event Hardy turned on Carter hitting him with a steel chair and with Matt Hardy hitting the Twist of Fate thus winning his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
On December 16, 2015, it was reported that Hardy needed another knee surgery and he could be out of the ring until late 2016. The timetable for his return woun't be certain until after he has the surgery.
Second return to ROH (2016–2017)
On December 2, 2016, Hardy returned to ROH for the second time while still under contract with TNA, appearing at the promotions Final Battle pay–per–view show as Broken Matt, where a video message showed him addressing The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) and The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe).
On March 4, 2017, in the same week that both Matt and Jeff were released from TNA, The Hardys defeated The Young Bucks in an impromptu match at ROH's 2017 installment of the company's Manhattan Mayhem show series to become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions for the first time (which makes Matt the only professional wrestler in history to have held WWE's World Tag Team Championship, WWE Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, TNA World Tag Team Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship). Moments after winning the titles, Hardy announced in a post–match promo that both he and Brother Nero (Jeff) had signed "the biggest ROH contracts in (the company's) history". It was later confirmed that the contracts were short-term, only for the "immediate future". On March 10, The Hardys successfully defended the ROH World Tag Team Championship for the first time at ROH's 15th Anniversary pay–per–view show against The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) in a three–way Las Vegas tag team street fight match. Prior to the event, the Hardys had been sent a legal threat by Impact Wrestling regarding the use of the Broken Matt and Brother Nero gimmicks, resulting in the two using the names anyway. The following night on March 11, The Hardys (not billed but using the Broken gimmicks anyway) once again retained the title, this time against The Briscoes at a set of Ring of Honor Wrestling television tapings. The Hardys lost the title back to The Young Bucks in a ladder match on April 1 at Supercard of Honor XI.
Second return to WWE (2017–present)
Along with his brother, Matt, Jeff returned to WWE competed in a fatal 4-way tag team Ladder match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 33 where they won the championships. The next night on Raw, the Hardy's defended the Raw Tag Team championships against Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
Hardy appeared on the February 7, 1999 episode of That '70s Show entitled "That Wrestling Show", along with Matt, as an uncredited wrestler. Hardy and Matt also appeared on Tough Enough in early 2001, talking to and wrestling the contestants. He appeared on the February 25, 2002 episode of Fear Factor competing against five other World Wrestling Federation wrestlers. He was eliminated in the first round. Hardy also appears on The Hardy Show, an internet web show which features the Hardys, Shannon Moore and many of their friends. In September 2009, Hardy signed a deal with Fox 21 studios to appear in a reality television show.
In 2001, Hardy, Matt and Lita appeared in Rolling Stone magazine's 2001 Sports Hall of Fame issue. In 2003, Hardy and Matt, with the help of Michael Krugman, wrote and published their autobiography The Hardy Boyz: Exist 2 Inspire.
As part of WWE, Hardy has appeared in several of their DVDs, including The Hardy Boyz: Leap of Faith (2001) and The Ladder Match (2007). He is also featured in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling release Enigma: The Best of Jeff Hardy (2005) and Pro Wrestling's Ultimate Insiders: Hardy Boys – From the Backyard to the Big Time (2005). On April 29, 2008, WWE released "Twist of Fate: The Matt and Jeff Hardy Story". The DVD features footage of the brothers in OMEGA and WWE, and also briefly mentions Hardy's first run with TNA. In December 2009, WWE released a DVD about Hardy entitled Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules.
Hardy has an eclectic set of interests outside of wrestling. He calls his artistic side "The Imag-I-Nation". At one stage, Hardy constructed a 30 feet statue of an "aluminummy" named "Neroameee" out of tin foil outside of his recording studio (a spray painted trailer). On another occasion, he created an artificial volcano in his front yard, which he then jumped over on his motocross dirtbike. On another occasion Hardy created a large sculpture of his brother Matt's hand signal "V1", which was seen on "The Hardy Show", an Internet web show which features both the Hardys, Shannon Moore and many of their friends. Hardy is also an artist and poet.
Hardy taught himself how to play guitar and later bought a drum kit. In 2003, Hardy formed a band, Peroxwhy?gen, with members of the band Burnside 6, and Moore, who later left. He also converted a trailer into a recording studio. The band recorded two songs; One song was "September Day", a song Jeff wrote in reaction to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Rumors arose that Peroxwhy?gen split up in 2004 shortly after recording the second song, "Modest", which Hardy later used as his entrance music in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. On the official Peroxwhy?gen MySpace, however, the rumors were denounced. Currently, Peroxwhy?gen only has two members, Hardy and JR Merrill and is set to release their debut album in 2014. Jeff Hardy worked with TNA theme music composer Dale Oliver to and released his first ever studio album titled Similar Creatures in December 2012.
He has a tattoo of roots that starts on his head, behind his ear, and finishes at his hand. He also has a few other signature designed tattoos, one of which, a dragon, he hid from his father. It was also the first tattoo he got in 1998. He later got tattoos of the Chinese symbols for "Peace" and "Health", as well as tattoos of fire and a wave. Hardy regards his tattoos as his "artistic impulses". Hardy is very good friends with Shannon Moore, who he has known since around 1987. He is also good friends with Marty Garner and Jason Arhndt. He regards Vanilla Ice as a big influence on him, and he was even nicknamed "Ice" by Scott Hall.
Hardy met his girlfriend Beth Britt in 1999, shortly after the Hardy Boyz had won the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time. Hardy and his brother Matt went to a club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where Hardy met her. On March 15, 2008, it was reported that Hardy's house had burned to the ground in a fire. Hardy and his girlfriend were not home at the time, but his dog, Jack, was killed in the fire. It is believed that the fire was started by faulty electrical wiring. In October 2008, Hardy was building a new home in the same area, which was expected to be completed by early 2009.The couple had a baby named Ruby Claire who was born October 28, 2010.
On September 17, 2008, Hardy was involved in an incident at the Nashville International Airport's Southwest gate. A Southwest Airline employee reported that Hardy appeared to be intoxicated and therefore, he was not allowed to board the flight. He was not, however, arrested as he was said to be "calm" and "co-operative", and he made other arrangements to get home.
On September 11, 2009 Hardy was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, after a search of his house yielded 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. There was yet another false finish in the drug case against TNA star Jeff Hardy in 2011.
Yes, the case that began when Hardy was arrested a year and a half ago was continued again today in a Moore County (N.C.) courtroom. According to pwinsider.com, the assistant district attorney asked for the continuance while awaiting the results of lab tests on some of the evidence that had been seized from Hardy's home.
A plea deal reportedly is still being discussed. It had been reported a couple months ago that an agreement was in place, but at a hearing in January, both sides said they needed more time to negotiate the deal.
Hardy was arrested in September 2009 after Moore County deputies raided his home. He was charged with trafficking in opium, two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hardy is involved in motocross, music, painting, and other artistic endeavors. He is currently a member of the band Peroxwhy?gen.
On April 28, 2015 Hardy broke a tibia in a dirt bike accident. He had surgery the next day to repair the damage.
On March 10, 2018 Hardy was arrested for DWI in North Carolina. It is assumed he hasn't been taken off television, although is still inactive because of a rotator cuff injury in September 2017.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Baseball slide
- Diving clothesline from off a barricade
- Double leg drop to the opponent's groin or midsection
- Hardyac Arrest (Rope aided corner dropkick)
- Mule kick
- Positioned at the top rope or on another ladder, Hardy performs a diving leg drop after leapfrogging over a ladder
- Sitout inverted suplex slam
- Sitout jawbreaker
- Whisper in the Wind (Turnbuckle climb into a rebounded corkscrew senton to a standing opponent)
- "The Charismatic Enigma" (TNA / WWE)
- "The Extreme Enigma" (WWE)
- "The Legend Thriller" (WWE)
- "The Rainbow–Haired Warrior" (WWE)
- "The Anti-Christ of Pro Wrestling" (TNA)
- Entrance themes
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- "Modest" by Peroxwhy?gen (TNA; 2004–2006, 2010)
- "Modest (Remix)" by Peroxwhy?gen and Dale Oliver (TNA; 2010, 2011)
- "Another Me" by Peroxwhy?gen and Dale Oliver (TNA; October 10, 2010 – March 13, 2011)
- "Immortal Theme" by Dale Oliver (2010 – 2011; Used while a part of Immortal)
- "Resurrected" by Jeff Hardy and Dale Oliver (TNA; October 16, 2011 – September 13, 2012)
- "Similar Creatures" by Jeff Hardy and Dale Oliver (TNA; October 13, 2012 – October 3, 2013)
- "Time and Fate" by Jeff Hardy and Dale Oliver (TNA; October 20, 2013 – November 21, 2013; July 10, 2014–present)
- "Willow's Way" by Jeff Hardy and Dale Oliver (TNA; March 9, 2014 – July 10, 2014)
- "Reptilian" by Jeff Hardy and Dale Oliver (TNA; used while teaming with Matt Hardy July 31, 2014 – present)
- Ring of Honor
- Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts
Championships and accomplishments
- National Championship Wrestling
- NCW Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- New Dimension Wrestling
- NDW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NDW Tag Team Championship (1 time)1 – with Matt Hardy
- New Frontier Wrestling Association
- NFWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- North East Wrestling
- NEW Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA 2000
- NWA 2000 Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Matt Hardy
- Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Comeback of the Year (2007)
- PWI Match of the Year (2000) with Matt Hardy vs. The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian in a Triangle Ladder match at WrestleMania 2000
- PWI Match of the Year (2001) with Matt Hardy vs. The Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at WrestleMania X-Seven
- PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (2008, 2009)
- PWI Tag Team of the Year (2000) with Matt Hardy
- PWI ranked him #13 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2009
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- NWA World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender's Tournament (2004)
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
- TNA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Matt Hardy
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (2010)
- TNA World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Tournament (2014) - with Matt Hardy
- TNA World Cup of Wrestling (2015) - with Gunner, Davey Richards, Rockstar Spud, Crazzy Steve, & Gail Kim
- Bound for Glory Series (2012)
- Wrestler of the Year (2012)
- World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
- WCW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Matt Hardy
- World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- WWE Championship (1 time)
- WWE European Championship (1 time)
- WWF Hardcore Championship (3 times)
- WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (4 times)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (6 times) – with Matt Hardy
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Matt Hardy
- WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Matt Hardy
- Terri Invitational Tournament – with Matt Hardy
- tenth Grand Slam Champion
- Eighteenth Triple Crown Champion
- Slammy Award for Extreme Moment of the Year (2008) Swanton Bomb to Randy Orton from the top of the Raw set (Raw, January 14)
- Slammy Award for Extreme Moment of the Year (2009) Jumping from ladder onto CM Punk at SummerSlam
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
1The titles have been vacant since 1999 due to the Hardy Boys signing contracts with the WWF and have been declared inactive until they defend the titles again.
- WWE.com Profile
- TNA.com Profile (Jeff)
- TNA.com Profile (Willow)
- Online World of Wrestling profile
- Professional wrestling record for Jeff Hardy from The Internet Wrestling Database
- The Hardy Show
- Slam! Sports bio and story archive
- Article On Jeff Hardy's Character at The Wrestling Cafe