“It’s your body, use it…amuse it…’cos one day, you’re gonna lose it!” Jeff Hardy
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Date of Birth:||August 31, 1977|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Jeff Hardy
When it comes to his solo endeavors, Hardy has been quite successful. He won the WWE Championship in 2008, and has since held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship twice and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship three times. Outside of the WWF/WWE, he has won the Intercontinental Championship five times, the Hardcore Championship three times, and the European, Light Heavyweight, and United States Championships once apiece. Among the 10 most humble wrestlers, he tied for ninth place with Matt Hardy.
He is the younger sibling of Matt Hardy and the son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy.
Jeff Hardy was nine years old when their mother passed away from brain cancer. He was a fullback and linebacker for the high school football team. After Hardy broke his arm in a motorcycle accident, he had to give up his other childhood passion: baseball. In high school, he was forced to choose between playing football professionally or wrestling, and he made the obvious choice.
Hardy says that he was initially motivated to become a wrestler because of Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Sting, and Shawn Michaels. He first appeared on WWF television as a jobber, a wrestler who deliberately loses matches to highlight the superiority of his opponents. On May 23, 1994, in Youngstown, Ohio, he competed in his first WWF bout against Razor Ramon, with Randy Savage saying, “Welcome to the big time”.
After seeing professional wrestling on television, Hardy and his friends formed the Trampoline Wrestling Federation (TWF) and began performing maneuvers they saw on the show.
The TWF eventually merged with a county fair in North Carolina and went by a few different names along the way. Various minor campaigns and firms like ACW kept them on the road all across the East Coast. One day, the World Wrestling Federation saw the Hardy brothers (WWF). They were signed in 1998, and they trained at Dory Funk Jr.’s Funkin’ Dojo alongside other famous wrestlers like Kurt Angle, Christian, Test, and A-Train.
At No Mercy in 1999, in the finals of the Terri Invitational Tournament, the Hardy Boyz defeated Edge and Christian in the first ever tag team ladder match in WWF history to win the services of Terri Runnels, the company’s first ever manager.
At WrestleMania 2000, they faced off against The Dudley Boyz and Edge & Christian in the first-ever tag team triple threat ladder match, which Edge & Christian ultimately won. At one point, Hardy dropped 20 feet on Bubba Ray Dudley with a Swanton Bomb.
In the year 2000, the Hardy Boyz hired their real-life pal Lita as their new manager. The trio quickly earned the moniker “Team Xtreme” after they began working together.
Hardy became well-known as one of the most obviously dangerous and unorthodox WWF performers of his time due to his high-risk acrobatics in the TLC matches, such as doing Swanton Bomb frontflips from the top steps of 10 and 20 foot high ladders. When the Hardys started fighting at the end of 2001, Matt demanded a bout at Vengeance with Lita as the guest referee.
When Brock Lesnar handed Matt an F-5 on the steel entrance ramp in early April 2002, it sparked a feud between the Hardy Boyz and Lesnar. Angered by the move, Hardy set out to exact his vengeance on the WWE star.
During Hardy’s first televised match, Lesnar faced off against Hardy at Backlash. Lesnar knocked out Hardy after a dominating performance. Hardy challenged The Undertaker to a ladder match for the WWE Undisputed Championship after spending years in the tag team division. In spite of his best efforts, Hardy lost the close match. Hardy’s tag team partners in the latter half of 2002 were Rob Van Dam and Bubba Ray Dudley.
At Survivor Series, he and Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley won a six-man tag team elimination tables match against 3-Minute Warning. Hardy lost against The Rock in his final match, which was also his last before retiring. A release from WWE came for Hardy on April 22, 2003.
Hardy made his first wrestling appearance after being let go from WWE on May 24, 2003, during a show for the promotion OMEGA. The match between Hardy and A.J. Styles for the TNA X Division Championship took place at the Second Anniversary Show on June 23, 2004. This was Hardy’s first match in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Hardy lost to Abyss at Against All Odds in February 2005 in a “Full Metal Mayhem” match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy paid Abyss back in kind by winning their March Falls Count Anywhere match at Destination X. From the beginning of October 2005 until the end of the month, Hardy was at odds with Abyss, Rhino, and Sabu. On October 23 at Bound for Glory, a Monster’s Ball match between the four combatants finally settled the ongoing animosity.
Hardy’s re-signing with WWE was revealed on August 4, 2006. There were several weeks of vignettes leading up to his return on Raw on August 21. On the Raw broadcast from October 2, Hardy ultimately won his second Intercontinental Championship by defeating Nitro. After being slapped with the Intercontinental Championship belt by Nitro on the November 6 episode of Raw, Hardy immediately dropped the title and was then defeated by Nitro. At WrestleMania 23 in April 2007, Hardy took part in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Matt shoved Edge onto a ladder during the bout and urged Hardy to finish him off because he was so close to the winning briefcase.
Hardy was selected by the SmackDown brand in the 2008 WWE draft, which took place on June 23. Hardy makes his SmackDown debut against John Morrison on the July 4 program. In January 2009, as part of his next plot, Hardy was involved in two staged accidents: a hit-and-run car accident and an incident with the pyrotechnics at the entrance to the ring. Hardy returned to TNA on the January 4, 2010 episode of Impact!, which was TNA’s first live Monday broadcast.
In his first match for NJPW on January 4, 2011, Hardy defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome. At Genesis on January 8, 2012, Hardy defeated TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode via disqualification, but Roode was still awarded the championship. Hardy participated in the inaugural gauntlet match of the 2012 Bound for Glory Series on the June 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was eliminated first by Bully Ray. Hardy and Bobby Roode were automatically placed for the 2013 Bound for Glory Series on the June 13 episode of Impact Wrestling because they had previously won the series.
Hardy debuted a new theme music and wrestled in his first Ultimate X bout for the TNA X Division Championship at Bound for Glory on October 20, 2013. Unfortunately, the match was won by Chris Sabin thanks to intervention from Velvet Sky. Odd TV spots promoting Hardy’s return to TNA as his OMEGA character Willow first aired in February 2014.
At Lockdown, he returned to TNA as a member of Team MVP in the Lethal Lockdown match. A bout for the Ultimate X titles was won by The Hardys for the first time as a tag team and individually on March 16, 2015.
With his brother Matt competing in the semi-finals and finals of the TNA World Title Series on the January 5, 2016 broadcast of Impact Wrestling in its live Pop TV debut, Hardy made an appearance backstage and ringside. Matt ultimately lost the series. At Manhattan Mayhem VI on March 4, 2017, Hardy and his brother teamed up to defend their Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship against The Young Bucks. Hardy made a surprise appearance on Raw’s 25th anniversary show on January 22, 2018, playing poker with The APA, Ted DiBiase, and a number of other professional wrestlers. Hardy competed in the Royal Rumble match at the January 27, 2019, pay-per-view event, however he was eliminated in the first round.
Hardy made his return from injury on the March 13, 2020 episode of SmackDown, when he defeated King Corbin. Hardy was drafted to the Raw brand in October as part of the 2020 Draft, according to the 311st entry in the tally. In October as part of the 2021 Draft, Hardy was selected for the SmackDown brand. Despite starting at position 5 in the Royal Rumble match on January 26, 2021, Hardy was eliminated by Dolph Ziggler. On the SmackDown from November 12th, he wrestled and defeated Sami Zayn, earning a spot on Team SmackDown for Survivor Series.
After collecting the necessary titles, he became WWE’s 18th Triple Crown Champion and 9th Grand Slam Champion (one of five men to complete both WWE Grand Slam formats, and one of two to win all original Grand Slam titles). He has been the main attraction at a wide variety of WWE and TNA PPVs, including Bound for Glory twice. A two-time winner of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year” award, he is a fan favorite.
Hardy announced his intention to sign with All Elite Wrestling in a February 2022 interview with Jared Myers (AEW).