A few weeks ago, we noted that Jeff Hardy has been working hurt and he has made some changes to his work style at the non-televised events.
During an interview with CantonRep.com, Hardy confirmed that his lower back has been bothering him and that is why he is no longer doing the swanton bomb at live events.
“The toll has been rough at times. Lately, my lower back has really been bothering me to the point where I haven’t been doing the swanton as much in the live events just to protect it. I think looking forward I’m gonna have to be more like that, because nothing lasts forever,” Hardy said.
Hardy, who will be defending the United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura at Sunday’s Extreme Rules, said that he has been real lucky to be able to work his daredevil style for so many years without a career-ending injury. He said, “I’ve been real lucky, and naturally on TV I always want to go all out, but in the live events, I might have to hold back a little. I’m glad my face paint has come back. That’s always fun for people to see, because it’s original and unique each and every night, and I love doing that. Growing up I was a huge fan of Ultimate Warrior and Sting, and I wanted to be a little bit of both of them.”
There has been some talk within WWE about having Hardy drop the title to Nakamura on Sunday. Aside from his back issues, Hardy has also been dealing with numbness in his fingers. That was what Jason Jordan was dealing with in January before the decision was made that he needed to get neck surgery.