Jeff Hardy Discusses A Possible Retirement, The Ongoing SpikeTV/TNA Issues And More

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The following are highlights of a new Alternative Nation interview with Jeff
Hardy:

Moving onto wrestling, the first thing I’ve got to ask, is what’s
your reaction to the reports that SpikeTV won’t be renewing their contract with
TNA, and all of the crazy stories flying around?

I don’t know, I’m not a social network guy, I don’t even read timelines or
tweets. But I’m sure negotiations are – I still have hope. It’s not really my
problem, but I hope we remain on Spike, I hope they can work something out.
Gosh, I hope 1 or 2 years from now we’re still coming on every Thursday night on
Spike. I don’t know, I go to the shows, I do the best I can in the ring. That’s
my commitment to the company, is to do what I can do to make the show good. It’s
their job to use me in the right fashion. As far as re-signing with Spike, I
don’t know what’s going to happen. I hope we remain.

You’ve gone through a lot of character changes in the last year.
How did bringing your Willow character to TNA come about, and when and why did
you go back to being Jeff Hardy recently?


Years ago, I think my 2nd year in TNA on this 2nd run, my buddy Shannon Moore
and his wife, she’s a phenomenal seamstress, and she made me a Willow mask. We’d
thrown the idea around, but my hair was short, so I was like: ‘I need to grow my
hair back if I want this to really look right.’ She made the mask, and then some
time passed, and then maybe a year and a half or so later, my hair got longer.
Jeff Jarrett and I started talking about the possibility of bringing Willow to
TNA. I was like, ‘Yeah!’ I was kind of intimidated, but it’s one of those things
that when I look back on my career, I’ll be glad I that I did it.


It’s something I would have loved to do years ago, but the timing was never
right. WWE never would have went for it. They would never want ‘Jeff Hardy
staying covered, because [he’s] this money maker.’ But that’s what’s so cool
about TNA being open-minded, they take a few risks, especially with me, and
letting me do that. Because instead of that aggressive heel bad guy character
that Willow was back in the OMEGA days, I think now that we’ve experimented with
it, it can be a more kid friendly type of deal. Because my daughter Ruby just
loves Willow, Kurt Angle’s son Kody loves Willow too. When Jeff Hardy came back,
I was just starting to see masks in the crowd, it was just getting rolling
good.

But then the reason for Jeff Hardy’s return, is obviously because Matt Hardy
came back, and naturally we wanted to do some Hardy Boyz tag matches. That’s the
big match this week on Destination X, Thursday night at 9PM on SpikeTV, it’s
going to be the Wolves and the Hardy Boyz for the World Tag Team Titles. But
that’s basically why Willow is not around right now, because the Hardy Boyz have
reunited.

You mentioned Matt being back in TNA, your facing the Wolves on
Impact, and Team 3D on an upcoming episode. What’s it like tagging with Matt
again after awhile being at such a good place in your life now? Also what was it
like being back in the ring with Team 3D after so many years, and do you think
you will continue tagging in TNA, maybe some other matches, like getting Beer
Money back together?


Oh, that that would be amazing if that happened. But as Matt goes, I don’t
know if he’s going to sign a long term deal, I don’t know what he wants to do.
But I think the coolest thing for me, I did a few independent shots with Matt
back in June, we had two tag matches and they were just great. The guys we
worked were just awesome, and we just felt like we were just as good as we were
back in the day. Now bringing that back to TV, after Matt and myself, we went
through our dark period, and to come out of that and the other side still
rocking it, it feels really good to say that we can still go out there and be
the Hardy Boyz, and for the fans to still vibe on our style.


That run ended obviously with the Victory Road thing with Sting,
and you had a match with Sting on Impact too and wrestled him a few times. What
was your relationship like with Sting over the years, when he was in
TNA?

It was great, I was still always a bit starstruck every time I would say
hello to him at TV’s, because he’s the man. He’s a huge influence for me, back
in the day it was him in the NWA, and The Ultimate Warrior in the WWF, that was
the combined Jeff Hardy. It really shows now, I’m 36 years old, I think that
influence shows pretty clearly through who I am now. But yeah it was great, I
can’t wait to see him pop up here in the future.

A guy you did a lot with in the past was CM Punk, who recently
reportedly retired. There have been different things said between you guys
during the years, but it’s been 5 years now, how do you look back at that now as
being a key feud in your career?

It was one of the biggest, pretty close to the best. We had a good chemistry,
completely different people, but at the time it was perfect. He is so good, he
is so good. That’s another collection as far as feuds go, that I am going to
look back at and go, wow I am glad I got to work with that guy and create some
immortal artwork that is going to go down in the history books. It’s all good
now, I went through my times as far as the way I felt about him, but he’s a good
guy, and a good wrestler, he’s done great.

In a perfect world, who would you like to wrestle before you
retire? May it be from WWE, TNA, ROH, or wherever?


I think deep down, it would have to be Jushin Thunder Liger. When I first
started watching Japanese wrestling way back in the day, he just stood out to
me. A lot of the inspiration for Willow back then, was from [him], as far as the
mask, superhero, or villain. Oh my gosh, to know he’s still flying over here and
working every now and then, makes me want to say: ‘Hey, I want to be part of
that dream match.’ So more than anything, I’d say it’s Jeff Hardy vs. Jushin
Thunder Liger.

Check out the complete interview at AlternativeNation.com.

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