Jeff Hardy seemed to be on his way back and then an arrest for driving while impaired seemed to throw everything out of whack.
We previously reported that Jeff Hardy had filmed a cameo for the Ultimate Deletion match and Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio that was planned to be his return. However, with Jeff’s recent arrest they might need to edit him out of the segment.
Because at this point in his career, Jeff Hardy might need to take care of himself first.
“Obviously with Jeff, it’s a pretty bad deal because of his track record,” Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio. He went on to say how Jey Uso’s recent DUI arrest didn’t result in losing any kind of push but that might not be the case for Jeff Hardy. Then again Uso’s incident was a first-time offense and there wasn’t a crash involved. “It’s Jeff Hardy and he blew a 0.25 on his breathalyzer which is pretty bad. It’s an interesting thing sometimes there are a lot of double standards if you like a guy and you don’t like a guy. Jeff Hardy’s one of these guys that pretty much everybody likes.”
“He’s been around for a long time, he started as a kid and he beats to a different drum and all that but he doesn’t seem like he’s a harmful guy. I think that’s the reputation that he kinda has. But the problem is you know, he’s had issues on and off for years and years and years and I mean, I think that in this case, I mean that .25 thing…and the crash and the fact that he is a guy who has a felony record on drug charges, several years ago but still he has it. He has two strikes on his WWE [Wellness Policy violations] I think that WWE pretty much — and I don’t know how they’re gonna handle it. But I think they pretty much have to send him to rehab.”
“I don’t think there’s any question about this,” Meltzer continued. “I think that’s the only thing they could do if they wanna use him. I mean they can do whatever they want obviously. But I think for the good of him and everyone in the company and everything first thing’s first they gotta get him healthy. I mean, him coming back and wrestling right now going back on the road if he didn’t drive that’s one thing — but he did. He did crash and I just think just to — if there was no track record and it was his first time that’s one thing. But he had a long, long track record.”
Melzer went on to further discuss the fact that it seems to be an unfortunate trend in pro wrestling that “when you hear someone’s clean more often than not, they’re not.” The road can be a heavy thing for someone’s body and possibly Jeff Hardy might need to take some more time for himself to find clarity because making a full WWE return.
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