April 22, 2003
WWE fires Jeff Hardy
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling
A popular member of the WWE's high-flying "Team Extreme" has had his wings clipped. Buried in the "Headlines" section of the WWE's official site it was announced today that the company has fired the popular Jeff Hardy.
"WWE.com regrets to inform its fans that WWE has severed its relationship with Jeff Hardy effective today. We wish Jeff the best of luck," reads the brief statement played as the second story on the "Headlines" portion of their site. In conjunction with the announcement, Jeff Hardy's bio has been removed from the "Superstars" section. Jeff's brother Matt, the WWE's current Cruiserweight Champion, will remain with the company.
NWA-TNA is expected to make a play for Hardy, but may be hampered by a no-compete clause in the termination contract.
It has been rumoured that the WWE hasn't been too appreciative of Hardy not showing up on time for live events and skipping house shows altogether.
In an interview with Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun last weekend, Hardy complained bitterly about the rumours swirling about him on the Internet.
"That's the power of the Internet for you. I can't really do anything about it. That really sucks," Hardy told Baines.
On tour promoting "Exist 2 Inspire", a WWE-issued biography on him and his older brother Matt, Hardy was hopeful that he and Matt would reunite soon as the Hardy Boys tag team.
"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."
In a recent interview with Orlando radio host and SLAM! Wrestling writer Brian Fritz, Jeff explained where his focus is these days. "Music is a big thing. It's probably my #1 (hobby) now and that's what is drafting me away from wrestling," he told Fritz. "But my passion is still there. I still love it. I still get just as nervous as always before I go out for a match. I can't say that I love it more than I love life like Matt has said because he is 100% dedicated to pro wrestling. I give it my heart and soul but I give other things my heart and soul as well and I still try to follow my heart and go wherever it takes me. I can't give up things I really enjoy. I don't plan to stop wrestling at all. If anything, I'll just take a break within the next few years just to see what happens with the music but I don't plan to quit wrestling at all."
As The Hardy Boys team, Jeff and his brother Matt won the WWF Tag Team Titles five times. On his own, Hardy has a brief run with the WWF Intercontinental by defeating Triple H in April of 2001 and captured the now defunct WWE World Light Heavyweight Title in May of 2001 by besting Jerry Lynn only to lose it 20 days later to X-Pac. Hardy was also the WWE Hardcore Champion three times defeating Mike Awesome, Rob Van Dam and Bradshaw.