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WWE/TNA: Will Jeff Hardy Ever Return to WWE?

On the August 28, 2009 edition of Friday Night SmackDown, Jeff Hardy lost a Steel Cage match to then-World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk, and as a result, Hardy was forced to leave the company. In reality, Hardy was looking to take some time off from wrestling to allow his body to heal from all the injuries he had accumulated over the years.

“This isn’t goodbye forever, this is only goodbye for now,” said Hardy following his valiant loss to the Straightedge Savior, insinuating he’d be back in WWE at some point. He left on good terms, so there wasn’t any reason to not think he wouldn’t be back in WWE by the time WrestleMania 26 rolled around.

Following Hardy’s departure, they’d continue to make continue reference the Charismatic Enigma on a weekly bias. Heck, he was even awarded the 2009 Extreme Moment of the Year Slammy Award that December, which his brother Matt accepted on his brother’s behalf.

Regardless of all that, what happened next came as a true shock to many wrestling fans. On the premiere episode of TNA Impact in 2010, Jeff Hardy made a shocking appearance following the night’s opening doubt, sitting atop the Asylum structure and making his presence known.

After all WWE had done for Jeff Hardy over the years, this was how he’d repay them?

I felt betrayed that night, and I’m nearly positive Vince McMahon felt the same way. They had just released a DVD honoring his career months prior, which instantly stopped being promoted once Hardy reappeared on TNA television that night.

Since that show was such a monumental night for TNA Wrestling, all the stars were shining during its Monday night debut, so it’s possible that he could’ve easily been making a guest star appearance and hadn’t signed a contract with them just yet. Well, it wasn’t long before he did, which officially diminished any chance of Hardy returning to WWE anytime soon.

Of course, who am I to complain? It wasn’t until he jumped ship to WWE that I became a fan of his, especially once he shockingly turned heel in the fall of 2010. I respect what he stands for and the obstacles he’s overcome, so I feel as if I can relate to him and his character he currently portrays.

Not only that, but the work schedule is definitely lighter in TNA, so I can’t blame Hardy for ultimately siding with them. I can’t imagine he makes the same amount of money that he did in WWE, but it’s quite possible that he makes something near that sum even his high level of popularity.

However, a recent report stated that Jeff Hardy’s current contract with Impact Wrestling is set to expire in February or March of next year. With that being said, does mean we’ll possibly see Jeff Hardy back in WWE as early as next year?

More than likely, Hardy will sign back with TNA given the push he’s recently received. He won the 2012 Bound For Glory Series at No Surrender and will be facing Austin Aries for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Bound For Glory, which leads many people to think that it’s only to get him to re-sign with TNA.

Let’s not forget that Hardy previously wrestled in TNA from 2003 to 2006, and by the time 2013 rolls around, that means Hardy will have once again been with the company for three years. If the money is right, I could see him returning, but not if the road schedule is as hectic as it once was.

Although he had much more success in WWE than in TNA, I think TNA fits him well and they’ve utilized him correctly since he arrived. Then again, my theory is that anybody who was a somebody in WWE should finish their career out in WWE, merely because it will give them the recognition they deserve.

There’s a number of fresh feuds awaiting Jeff in TNA, most notably with long-time rival WWE Champion CM Punk. However, it’s been said that he’s looking to reunite with his brother Matt on the indy scene at some point, so maybe seeing him in neither company will be an option at that point.

Anything is bound to happen between now and then, so only time will tell where the multi-time World Champion will end up by next February. As long as he’s enjoying what he’s doing wherever he is, then I’m perfectly content.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on what you believe the future holds for Jeff Hardy. As always, your criticism and overall feedback on my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

GSM out.

 

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About Graham "GSM" Matthews

Wrestling fan since April 2008, I’ve seen my passion for the product grow as each day passes.
  • AdrianFylonenko

    I hope so….Although it is very unlikely.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derrick.cannon Derrick Cannon

    While I shudder the thought of Jeff Hardy returning to the WWE in a meaningful role, a legends deal is not out of the realm of possibility. Jeff Hardy will most likely stay in TNA, unless something can be worked out money wise and schedule wise. As the article stated Jeff fits the image of TNA better at this point in his career than the image of WWE. It could also be percievable that should Jeff return so would his demons. WWE might not be as lenient if they rehirded Jeff as they were in the past. Vince might be ruthless but he’s not an imbecile. He’s witnessed Jeff rise and fall on various occasions, so he might not take the chance of it happening another time.

  • Big Fat Cory C

    Yes he will but not full time more like a legends deal

  • JacobStachowiak

    TAKE HIM, TAKE HIM AWAY, KEEP HIM FAR AWAY FROM TNA

  • http://twitter.com/Blair_Lucas1990 Blair Lucas

    No thanks. I don’t watch TNA regularly, but I’ve seen enough to say Jeff is far past his prime. Hell, he was past his prime right before he was first released from the WWE in 2003. He’s just like most of the former WWE stars in TNA, he’s past his expiry date.