While he has been gone from WWE for several years, Jeff Hardy has remained one of the wrestling world’s most popular and enigmatic figures. Currently, he plies his trade for TNA Wrestling, and he was recently involved in the infamous “Final Deletion” angle with his brother Matt, a crazy wrestling angle which set the Internet on fire a few weeks ago, and pushed TNA’s Impact Wrestling program to its highest ratings in quite some time.
Jeff Hardy has been wrestling for roughly two decades at this point, and his high-risk, breakneck style of wrestling (along with his previous history of substance abuse) would suggest that he’s not going to be a wrestler for very much longer. Hardy’s contract with TNA expires in February of 2017, and there are already rumors that he’d like to end his career where he started it, in WWE. In fact, in a recent interview with LA Weekly, Hardy had a very specific way that he wanted his career to come to an end.
“Man, I want to Swanton [a forward flip that’s Hardy’s finishing move] of the top of the cell, onto the commentary,” says Hardy, who says he wants to end his career in a match with the Undertaker, at WrestleMania, in a “Hell in a Cell” match. “Then, I want to climb the cell, cut the f***ing cage, when Taker’s back in the ring, and Swanton through the cage, miss, and then Tombstone 1-2-3.”
It would certainly be a memorable way to end his career, and the timeline, with Hardy’s contract ending just before the build to WrestleMania begins is a nice coincidence, but there are a few factors working against Hardy. Most notably, only weeks after Hardy left WWE in 2009, he was arrested for possessing a large number of drugs inside his home, and has had several other drug-related incidents since leaving the company (to be fair, Hardy claims he has been clean for over a year at this point). Furthermore, Hardy has already amassed two strikes under WWE’s Wellness Policy, which would make him both a sizable risk and a PR nightmare if he were to come back. While WWE is reportedly looking for older talent to come back to the company in the wake of the Brand Extension, they would likely prefer someone capable of working a full-time schedule, something which Hardy seems unwilling to do at this point in his career.