June 21, 2008
Hardy was down, but he's not out
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
March was not one of the better months in Jeff Hardy's life. He lost his house, his dog and nearly his job.
After being told he would serve a 60-day suspension for his second violation of WWE's Wellness policy, Hardy got a call from his brother Matt on March 14, telling him that his North Carolina home was ablaze. It burned to the ground, taking the life of Jeff's Jack Russell terrier, Jack.
"I made two mistakes, the last one really bad," says Hardy. "I lost my championship, my house, my dog and a chance to be in Wrestlemania. And it all kind of happened in the same week.
"Part of me was: 'Oh God, I don't want to be seen again. But I knew I had to come back and live for everything I'd lost.
"But I'm back with a new outlook. Fortunately, I had Matt. I had nowhere to go and he was there for me. We've moved on. We're rebuilding in the same area ... it's a seven- or eight-month process."
Hardy has returned with a bang. And with the fans cheering in support, it's as if he never left.
Along his path to the top, Hardy's had to tone down his game.
And when WWE holds its draft on a three-hour RAW on Monday, Hardy is prepared for whatever happens.
"I'd like to stay on RAW, but if I get drafted, I have to move and do my job. It's always last-minute.
"We don't even know that we'll be moving until your name is called."
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