Matt Hardy has revealed how Jeff Hardy was once pencilled in to win the Money In The Bank briefcase and how he cost himself that big victory.
During his time in WWE, Jeff Hardy captured the WWE Championship once but he may well have had more runs with the title if it hadn’t been for some of his issues outside the ring. Hardy has a noted history of substance abuse and he is currently awaiting trial on a DUI charge that has seen him suspended by his current company, AEW.
Speaking on his Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, the older Hardy brother explained how Jeff Hardy was due to win Money In The Bank before a failed drug test ruined those plans:
“That was the plan. He was gonna win this Money in the Bank briefcase. And and I think at this point, they had pulled the trigger and decided they wanted to try and turn him into the champion. I know Freddy Prinze had been given this edict like, get Jeff Hardy ready for the championship. That’s like, around the time too when he was starting to paint his face again, if I’m not mistaken, that they started leaning into some stuff that was very Jeff Hardy-ish.”
“And Freddie Prinze was kind of leading that charge in many, many ways. But yeah, Jeff, Jeff was in Mexico on an international tour. And at some point there, he ended up taking something some sort of pill or substance for I don’t know if it was back or whatever it was, but he did end up getting popped in on a drug test. And one of the things I remember he told me from the stories like Michael Hayes had called him at home and said ‘Hey, like, what is going on here? I can’t believe you know, he did all this.’”
“And whenever he said, Vince McMahon is gonna call you in just a few minutes. Alright, so be ready to answer the phone. And then I guess Vince called him and Jeff’s like, hello. And he’s like, ‘What the f*ck have you done?’ That was his greeting right from the beginning. You know, and I guess they talked it through. And at the end of the conversation, Jeff said, they spoke for a while. They seem to be kosher, you know, and Jeff just apologised and regretted making that mistake. But you know, it was what it was.”
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