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Boyz make some noise
By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

Jeff & Matt Hardy
It's still quite a mystery to many what drives a professional wrestler to spend some 300 days a year away from home, beating up on his body and those of others for the adoring masses.

Perhaps the Hardy Boyz, given their name, are the best ones to ask for an answer.

"The money keeps me in," said Jeff Hardy, cutting straight to the chase.

"The money's great. I'm 23 years old and I can't complain with the money I make.

"This was always our dream and we made it come true. We really love it and we still get high off what we do."

Sitting on a plush couch in one of the luxury suites at the 'Dome yesterday morning, Jeff, along with his brother Matt, were candid about their profession and the hard work it takes to be at the top.

The Cameron, N.C., natives exploded onto the World Wrestling Federation scene two years ago and quickly became fan favourites, winning the tag team titles four times along with various individual titles.

Still, with all that glory comes a lot of grease.

The life of a WWF superstar is far from a bed of roses. The Hardy Boyz estimate they performed last year in 450 shows, all of which incorporated the flashy, high-energy, high-flyin' brand of wrestling which takes a serious toll on their bodies.

"It's real hard but you somewhat adapt to it," explained the 6-ft., 2-in., 215-lb. Jeff.

"We've been on the road for the last two years and we try our hardest to stay with that style every night but you can't land on your back from the top rope every night.

"It's hard doing it, it takes a toll on your body. I'm 23 years old and sometimes I wonder what I'll feel like when I'm 30."

But the brothers know their style is what has garnered them so much attention in what can be a very fickle industry.

"I think (the fans) know we go in night in and night out and put our bodies on the line," said Matt, the bigger of the two at 6-ft. 2-in., 225-lbs.

"We give them a great show every night. We dump our heart into it and we wouldn't do it if we didn't love it."

The Hardys are considered part of the new generation of the WWF, wrestlers who often use aerial acrobatics more than physical brawn to amaze the crowd.

It's something in which they take a lot of pride.

"I think you'll definitely gain a lot more respect if you're athletic than if you're a genetic freak," said Matt.

As for the travel, both Hardys admit they sometimes have a hard time remembering what city they're in and rarely have the chance to take in the sites when they visit most places.

Las Vegas is the toughest, they both agreed with wry smiles, because they can only watch the continual party and gambling while they're there to work. Kind of like having your cake and not getting to eat it.

"It's weird for the common fan to realize what our life is because all they see is the glitz, the glamour and the fame," said Matt.

"What they don't know is all the stuff we have to deal with, with the travel, the no sleep, the training, keeping yourself in shape, being hurt, injuries, problems at home or whatever. There's lots of stuff we have to deal with that makes it a real tough life. But that being said, I wouldn't trade it for anything."

RELATED LINKS
  • Jeff Hardy bio and story archive
  • Matt Hardy bio and story archive


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