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History and Biography of Jeff Hardy
Date of Birth
31 August 1977, Cameron, North Carolina, USA
Jeffrey Nero Hardy
The Charismatic Enigma
Rainbow Haired Warrior
6′ 2″ (1.88 m)
Dory Funk, Jr.
October 15, 1993
Raleigh, North Carolina
Born on August 31, 1977, Jeffrey Nero “Jeff” Hardy began wrestling at a young age. Hardy along with his brother Matt began their own federation named Trampoline Wrestling Federation. In 1998, the Hardy brothers were signed to WWF, where they were trained by Dory Funk, Jr. and managed by Michael Hayes. The two later won the WWE Tag Team Championship on six occasions and made sure that they became one of the most successful tag teams in WWE history. In 2000, the tandem included another individual, Lita, and the three became known as Team XTreme. The Hardys worked all over the East Coast as well as continuing to do jobs for WWF. Matt had formed his own wrestling promotion, OMEGA (Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts) with Thomas Simpson. The promotion was successful and included such talent as Matt, Jeff, Shannon Moore, The Hurricane, Lita, Joey Matthews, Caprice Coleman, and many others.
In June 2004, Hardy debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he lost to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett for the title. He then spent 2004 teaming up with A.J. Styles and Ron Killings, and later won in a singles match with Scott Hall.
At Armageddon in December 2008, Hardy defeated the defending champion Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE Championship.
Jeff Hardy is an artist and a daredevil. His world revolves around writing, recording music, and employing tinfoil and paint to craft intimate, personal, and sometimes bizarre works of art.
The youngest brother of folk singer/songwriter Jack Hardy, Jeff Hardy played bass and sang background vocals in his brother’s band for 11 years. He was a part of the close-knit community of folk musicians in New York’s Greenwich Village in the ’70s and ’80s, a member of the Musician’s Co-Op that ran the Speakeasy nightclub and published The Fast Folk Musical Magazine. He performed with dozens of musicians in New York clubs and toured with his brother around the U.S. and in Europe.
‘Jeffrey Nero Hardy’ is a wrestling professional from the USA, who was born on 31st August, 1977, in Cameron, North Carolina. He is famous in the world of wrestling for his hi-flying aerial stunts and maneuvers. He is believed to be the most flexible and fit in the entire wrestling industry. Most of his flying moves come from the ring’s top rope. He also sports a funky look, and covers his face with fluorescent paint that shines in the dark. He also switches hairstyles frequently and changes hair color from time to time. He is known by many nicknames such as ‘The Charismatic Enigma’, ‘Enigmatic Soul’, ‘Rainbow Haired Warrior’, and ‘Jeffro’. He has worked with almost every wrestler in his field.
Jeff Hardy is the youngest son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy. He and Matt Hardy, his elder brother, had childhood ambitions of becoming professional wrestlers. They both used to watch wrestling on television, and by the time Jeff was 16 years old, he was associated with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), as a wholesaler of wrestling equipment. Dory Funk Jr., who was a former wrestling professional, trained both the brothers in his Funkin’ Dojo, a wrestling academy. The brothers continued their practice and Jeff carried on with his job with the WWF. Jeff also became a part of the Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (OMEGA), a wrestling establishment started by brother Matt and Thomas Simpson. Many other wrestlers were also involved with the OMEGA such as The Hurricane, Lita, Joey Matthews, and Caprice Coleman.
Jeff and Wrestling
In 1998, Jeff and Matt signed a contract with the WWF, and were initially a part of ‘Raw’, a section of the WWF. When they started out, they formed a tag team, and called themselves ‘The Hardy Boyz’. Soon the WWF viewers started regarding Jeff as the most foolhardy performers of his time. He won many tag team championships with Matt. Jeff also accepted a challenge with ‘The Undertaker‘ for the ‘Undisputed Championship’ title in a ladder match. He, however, lost that match, but certainly gained The Undertaker’s respect. Jeff also vied to achieve many singles titles on various occasions, but was unsuccessful. Later, the brothers decided to part ways, after which Jeff continued with ‘Raw’, and Matt joined ‘Smackdown’, another section of the WWF. Jeff worked with Shawn Michaels, and also with Trish Stratus. He participated in a match with ‘The Rock’, which was to be his swan song. It was rumored that he either failed a drug test or refused one, for which the WWE management fired him.
Jeff entered into contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), in 2004. Here. he fought with A.J. Styles for the X-Division title. Since then, Jeff has scaled new heights in the world of wrestling. He also fought against Jeff Jarrett in a ladder match, but ended on the losing side. In TNA’s Lockdown April PPV event, he won a steel cage match against ‘Raven’. While with the TNA, he won many matches and defeated many renowned wrestlers.
On 4th August, 2006, Jeff rejoined WWE, and on the first day he defeated ‘Edge‘, the then WWE champion, by disqualification. He also competed with Johnny Nitro for the Intercontinental title at ‘Unforgiven’, but lost. On 2nd October, he defeated Nitro and gained the Intercontinental title. The title kept bouncing back and forth between Jeff and Nitro. Jeff eventually regained the title on 13th November.
On 21st November, 2006, Jeff teamed up with his brother and defeated the ‘Full Blood Italians’. Later, they got the opportunity to win the tag team title at Armageddon, in a ladder match, but were unsuccessful. On 2nd April, 2007, they participated in a 10-team match for the ‘World Tag Team Championship’, which they won. On 4th June, they eventually yielded their titles to Cade and Murdoch. Jeff also participated in the ‘WWE championship scramble’ match at ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘No Mercy’, but lost. In December 2008, he defeated ‘Edge’ and ‘Triple H‘ in a triple threat match to win the WWE Champion title. In the Royal Rumble of 2009, Jeff lost his title to Edge due to an interference by his brother, Matt Hardy.
The Hardys reunion (2006–2007)
On the November 21 episode of ECW 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 DX, 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 4-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 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. The next night on Raw, February 19, Hardy was defeated for the Intercontinental title 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 ladder nearly twenty feet, 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: Night of Champions but were defeated.
World Championship (2007–present)
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 edition of Raw. He made his return on the August 27 edition 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 feud 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, in the head in the storyline. Hardy, in retaliation, Swanton Bombed 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 Elimination 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 edition of Raw, Hardy appeared on Chris Jericho’s “Highlight Reel” segment as a special guest, but ended up delivering a Twist of Fate to 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 edition of Raw, defeating Umaga via pinfall. 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 of the show, defeating John Morrison. Hardy participated in the WWE Championship Scramble match at Unforgiven and also challenged for the Championship at No Mercy and Cyber Sunday, but failed to win each time. At Armageddon in December 2008, Hardy defeated the defending champion Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE 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.
Jeff Hardy has many other interests apart from wrestling, like riding his dirt bike. He is also an artist and a poet. Hardy learned to play the guitar and drums and later, in 2003, formed a band ‘Peroxwhy?gen’ that included members of the ‘Burnside 6’ band and Shannon Moore. The band recorded a few songs, out of which one was used for Jeff’s entrance music in TNA wrestling. Rumors developed that the band has split up in 2004. At present, the band has only two members, Jeff and JR Merrill.
Jeff Hardy has made an impressive mark in the history of the wrestling world. With his colorful wrestling style, he promises to stay in people’s hearts for a long time to come.
Son to Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy, he is the younger brother of Matt Hardy. 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.
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. Hardy is building a new home in the same area.
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.