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    Sunday, December 27, 2015

    Jeff Hardy Wants In On Hell In A Cell

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    Former multiple-time world champion and wrestling's OG extreme daredevil Jeff Hardy appeared recently on Ric Flair's WOOOOO! Nation podcast, and dropped some intriguing insights on his future for fans of Team Extreme.

    What's keeping him out of action?

    I broke my leg April 28th on my dirt bike. At first I thought I broke both legs because it felt so intense, but luckily it was just my right leg. Now the problem is after four to five months of dealing with that, my knee was swollen for so long. They totally misread my MRI, and my PCL is destroyed. That’s why I have no stability in my knee. It's amazing I can walk as good as I can. I actually got a good brace to stabilize it, and I'm going to try to wrestle with it and see how it goes, but I'm definitely looking at surgery to repair it. There are so many things I couldn’t do now, as far as landing on my knee. I would have to totally modify my style, which I’m going to anyway, but long story short: they have to take out the rod they put in my tibia and drill another hole through the tibia to fix the PCL. In six to nine months, I’ll hopefully be 100% again. Other than that, I'm doing okay. 
    I’m going to try to wrestle with this brace on in January and see how it feels. I’m scared, honestly, because I don’t want to hurt it worse. I tried physical therapy for a month and there were things I couldn’t even do with my right leg; it was so weak. I’m going to give it a shot. Maybe just try a few easy matches and see how the weight feels landing on my knee and maybe not doing as many moves as I normally do. Ultimately, I’m going to end up having surgery sometime next year and I’ll probably be missing most of 2016. I want to get back in full effect as soon as possible, so I’m going to do everything that I can to be better than I’ve ever been before. I cannot wait to get back in the ring, because being hurt makes me realize how much I love pro wrestling.

    We say: It's no joke having your PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) blown out, but neither is this a death sentence for a pro wrestler. Multiple sporting luminaries like NFL legends John Elway and Joe Namath or current NBA center DeJuan Blair have famously been able to complete rock-solid careers despite severely deteriorated (or, in the case of Blair, completely missing) ACLs, which are arguably more critical for anyone performing in an athletic field.

    It's probably not wise for Hardy to say he's going to try to wrestle, even with a brace to stabilize his knee, but modifying his style certainly mitigates the recklessness of it. If there's anyone he could pattern himself after, it may be Owen Hart, who transitioned from flamboyant high-flyer into a more mat-based technical wrestler after completely severing a ligament in his knee. Of course, Hart had the legendary Dungeon training to fall back on, whereas Hardy is all about no limits. But he can be a competent storyteller in the ring when he chooses, and doesn't need any more 30-foot Swanton Bombs to get people emotionally invested in his matches.

    What's up between him and TNA?

    Whenever I’m able to wrestle, I'll be in my last year with TNA and then I can decide what I want to do. We’re going to do some tapings the first week of January and depending on how that goes, that’s when I’m going to decide whether I go through with the surgery or try to work for a while and avoid surgery with the brace. So it’s kind of up in the air, but, yeah, I'll be in my last year with TNA after February 28th.

    We say: The clock is clearly ticking on Jeff Hardy's time in TNA, and even if he does manage to recover in full from surgery—should he even elect to go for it—he'll be just a few months away from the end of his contract in February 2017. If there's one thing we do know, it's that an idle Jeff Hardy is a destructive Jeff Hardy, and we hope he spends his downtime becoming a student of the game. With the rich history of wrestlers he can use as inspiration to retool and rebuild his in-ring style (or at least learn to land a solid punch), he stands a legitimate chance of pleasantly surprising us all when he eventually does make his return.

    (And no, we don't count the return of his "Willow" persona as a "pleasant surprise.")

    What's left on the Jeff Hardy wrestling bucket list?

    I think there’s a huge possibility down the road [of returning to the WWE]. I’m not sure when, but I think Matt and myself would love to end our careers in the WWE, and it would be super great to be able to have a few more good ones with the Dudley Boyz. As far as us returning and having more matches with them, it all depends on how long they’re going to be there and how long it takes us to get there. Everything depends on my knee, as far as my future. 
    There are two big things. I've never got to do a Hell in the Cell, and I’ve never been in the main event at WrestleMania. Ultimately, it could all work out one day before it’s all over and if I’m able and healthy enough down the road, those are two things I would love to do. Other than that, I’ve done most of everything I've wanted to do. I just hope I can get over this knee injury and get back to normal and be better than ever. I’m a little bummed out and afraid right now, because I’ve never been threatened by a serious injury before and this feels pretty serious.​
    We say: We've seen that Vince McMahon has always kept the door open for old-timey talents to come back for one last curtain call in the WWE, with the recent Dudley run as a sample case for that.

    Take note though: It sounds like Hardy still sees himself returning to the same main event slot he had when he left the WWE, which isn't necessarily how returning veterans have been treated. Sounds like he wants the John Cena treatment when he should really be looking to be another Chris Jericho, who's glad to stay off TV and act as a mentor for younger talents on the house show circuit. More than anything, some humility would be a great approach for the Charismatic Enigma if he really does want to wind down his career on the big stage.

    And in all seriousness, there really isn't anything else he needs to add to his personal highlight reel to cement his legend. A Hell in a Cell moment would be nice, but doesn't exactly address any gaping holes in his resume.


    What do you think of Jeff Hardy's future in pro wrestling? Do you think it's time for him to hang the boots up, or do you think he needs one last blaze of glory in the WWE before signing off? Leave us your thoughts below, Henrinites.
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