In an update posted on WWE.com, it was explained why Jeff Hardy was able to appear at the end of Friday Night SmackDown after being “arrested” in the opening segment of the show.
It was explained by WWE that Orlando police released him from custody after he successfully passed the required field sobriety tests and therefore absolving Hardy of public intoxication charges, driving under the influence and the hit-and-run on Elias. WWE did not explain how Hardy being sober would absolve him of a hit-and-run.
Hardy appeared at the end of the show and cost Sheamus his match against Daniel Bryan, thus allowing Bryan to advance to the finals in the Intercontinental Championship tournament. As noted earlier, it looks like the story is that Sheamus framed Hardy to continue their feud.
There was a lot of negativity directed at WWE for using Jeff Hardy’s history with substance abuse in a storyline. Click here to read Matt Hardy’s comments posted shortly after the “arrest” angle and click here for CM Punk’s reaction.