As part of their effort to push Jeff Hardy as one of the top stars of the brand, WWE has been airing video packages on Friday Night SmackDown.
On Friday, they aired a video that focused on Hardy’s drug issues and recovery. Hardy entered rehab in late 2019 to deal with his issues and he now says that the substance abuse problems are behind him. WWE doesn’t bring up substance issues often on their shows but they felt it was important since this will be mentioned during his upcoming feud with Sheamus.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer pointed out how WWE chose not to mention Hardy’s arrest for steroids in 2009. Meltzer said, “when they are talking about those arrests and they were showing those clips of those news stories on his arrest, they erased the steroids on the arrest and mentioned everything but the steroids. He had a large amount of steroids when he was arrested at that time.”
Meltzer is referring to a headline from a TMZ story about his September 2009 arrest that said, “Former WWE Champ busted for steroids, pills.” That was edited by WWE and the headline that was shown on SmackDown read, “Former WWE Champ busted for pills.”
Also, the body of the TMZ article said the following:
“The Moore County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Hardy’s home in Cameron, NC today — where they found 262 Vicodin pills, 180 Soma pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids and a residual amount of powder cocaine. Cops say the estimated street value of the drugs: $2,500.”
However, the edited version that was shown on SmackDown had the line about anabolic steroids removed:
“The Moore County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Hardy’s home in Cameron, NC today — where they found 262 Vicodin pills, 180 Soma pills, a residual amount of powder cocaine. Cops say the estimated street value of the drugs: $2,500.”
It is not surprising to see WWE attempting to sweep the steroid issue under the rug because this lines up with the other times they’ve done that when they’ve talked about substance abuse on their shows. For example, in 1996, on the night after Brian Pillman was found dead, WWE focused on Brian Pillman’s abuse of prescription pills and not his issues with other drugs like steroids that could have contributed to his heart issues.
You can see the original TMZ article below along with the edited version that was shown on SmackDown:
WWE erased the part from the TMZ article on Jeff Hardy having steroids on him when he was arrested in 2009. Here is the original TMZ article and the edited one shown on SmackDown. pic.twitter.com/mNgf9eRwm4