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Rumours 'suck' for Jeff Hardy
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Jeff Hardy has heard the rumours.

He has no passion for wrestling ... he's in trouble with WWE bigwigs ... the list of woes goes on.

It's frustrating for the high-flying 25-year-old, a WWE star who's had enough obstacles in his life to worry about a string of rumours.

"It's crazy. It really aggravates me," he said. "I've seen things like I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I have an eating disorder.

"That's the power of the Internet for you. I can't really do anything about it. That really sucks."

It's not only criticism of himself that bothers him, it's general observations.

"I hate it when people criticize matches," he said. "Someone will say, 'oh yeah, he didn't sell that move enough.'

"They have no idea what it's like to be in the ring. It's pure ignorance. And to label this fake is wrong. Call it pre-determined or choreographed, but not fake."

Rising up through the ranks was a school of hard knocks for Jeff and his older brother Matt, whose mother died of cancer in 1986. Their father, Gilbert, was a tobacco farmer and part-time mailman, so the boys had to get domesticated in a hurry.

"I was nine and Matt was 12 (when their mother died), so that became a very big influence for us," said Jeff. "It might have been meant to be. When we're in the ring, we know her spirit is with us."

Matt and Jeff have put together a book, Exist 2 Inspire, which has just hit the bookshelves.

Much of Jeff's aerial techniques were learned on a backyard trampoline.

"What I'm doing in the ring is way different," said Jeff. "I use the person's body to roll off. It puts a real beating on your spine. But that's just me. I can already feel it. It scares me what I'm going to feel like when I'm 30 or 35."

In his spare time, he kicks back and spins a dirtbike around a track in his front yard.

Then there's his love for music, with Pearl Jam and Our Lady Peace among his influences.

He fronts a band Peroxwhy?gen, a versatile alternative band. He met his bandmates through WWE rostermate Shannon Moore.

As far as wrestling singles, he likes the challenge, but can see a Hardy Boyz reunion happening.

"The Dudley Boyz are back together," he said. "Having a Hardy Boy on each roster is the way to go. But Team Extreme was a good thing. We will reunite."

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