Wrestling / Jeff Hardy

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Jeffrey Nero Hardy, often known as "The Charismatic Enigma", is a backyard wrestler and motocross competitor who after being trained by Michael Hayes and Dory Funk Jr turned professional wrestler. His last major deal was with TNA, previously working in promotions such as OMEGA (which he co founded) and Ring of Honor. Some of the titles to his credit are the New Dimension Wrestling Light Heavyweight Championship, National Championship Wrestling's Light Heavyweight Championship which he held twice, North East Wrestling's Junior Heavyweight Championship and UWA's World Middleweight Championship. He's also held the OMEGA and NWA 2000 tag team championships with his brother.

But Jeff Hardy is best known for his time in WWE, where he began as part of the Hardy Boyz tag team with his brother, Matt. He has won multiple championships both on his own and with his brother, including being a WWE World Champion three times.

Being of short stature by pro wrestling standards, and not being the greatest talker in the business (nickname notwithstanding), Jeff got over by using an array of high-flying moves in his matches that took the crowd's breath away. While Jeff's made his living by being "extreme", some of the things in his matches bring his sanity into question. And while his wrestling persona can be pretty strange sometimes, he's reportedly even stranger in real life.

Besides motor cross, Jeff Hardy is also somewhat known for poetry, painting, sculpting and for being part of his own band but speaking of Jeff's life outside of wrestling, it hasn't always been much fun. He's had his house burn down with his dog still inside, and in 2009 he was arrested after the police found a large stash of drugs during a raid on his new house.

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"Another trope is what there will never be":

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Has been called WWE's Teddy Hart, which became funny when Hardy later showed up in Ring of Honor and TNA, where Hart had previously been.
  • The Atoner: Since his return to TNA following his disgraceful performance on Victory Road 2011.
  • Arch-Enemy: Hardy has a history with Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boys going back to their tag team days (their ladder matches were something else). CM Punk feuded with Hardy and ultimately forced him to leave WWE (kayfabe, due to Hardy's expiring contract). He also feuded with his brother Matt.
  • Apologetic Attacker: As part of his heel Antichrist/Dark Messiah thing, Jeff's promos consisted of him apologizing for crippling you, and then saying it's human nature to do so, and that anybody else would do the same thing. Kinda doubles as a Mind Screw, if you really think about it. Which, by the way, would, not be advised.
  • Ascended Extra: Matt and Jeff spent years as TV jobbers for WWE, and they were used to open the doors for the wrestlers at King of the Ring 95.
  • Author Avatar: As himself in the Trampoline Wrestling Federation and later, Willow the Wisp in OMEGA (an affiliate of Pro Wrestling International).
  • Badass Beard: Grew on out in 2013, supposedly to counter Kurt Angle's accusation of looking like a lady.
  • Battle Couple: At times with Trish Stratus, who initially was an enemy to Team X-treme (Hardy Boys and Lita) when she managed T&A (Test and Albert) but became their ally out of convenience during the WCW Invasion and gradually fell for Jeff. He eventually returned her affections when she ran out to fight off Victoria, who was interfering during a match Jeff had with Stevie Richards.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He interfered in Raw's "Champions Only" handicap match, which pitted WWE Champion John Cena and Women's Champion Candice Michelle against World Tag Team Champions Lance Cade and Trevor Murdock with Intercontinental Champion Umaga. John Cena refused to tag Michelle in, and got his ass kicked as a result, then the other champions went after Candice anyway, which is where Jeff seemingly had enough.
  • Blah Blah Blah: Invoked this on Edge at one point.
  • Braids of Action: Jeff braids his hair sometimes when he is the erratically violent Willow.
  • Break/Corrupt the Cutie: After a month of being tormented by Matt, Jeff snapped on August 11 by nailing multiple twist of Fate on their opponents the Tribunal, swantoned their coach and swantoned himself, becoming just as broken as his brother Matt, now answering to Brother Nero.
  • Breakup Breakout: With Jeff being the Michaels and Matt being the Jannety. Early on it seemed Matt would be the Michaels due to his immensely popular Version 1 character while Jeff got fired. Then the whole Matt/Lita/Edge debacle happened which completely derailed his career, while Jeff was rehired and ultimately redeemed himself long enough to win a World Title.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Jeff Hardy has been portrayed like this. He gyrates and dances his way to the ring, covers his arms and face in fluorescent paint, makes abstract paintings backstage, seems to have an affinity for large African animals (he and Matt did at least one interview while straddling wooden cheetahs [also notice Jeff's leopard-print pants], and there's another photo of him gleefully hugging an honest-to-god giraffe), openly refers to his fans as freaks and misfits (in a good way, indicating that he's just as much one as them), and throws his body into his every attack with reckless abandon... and is a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and six-time Tag Team Champion. Even better? He fits this trope in real life as well, as his real behavior is even more bizarre, and yet he was respected enough and loved by the fans enough during his WWE run that he was given all those title reigns.
  • Camera Abuse: When Jeff splashed Johnny Nitro with paint on Monday Night Raw, he also obscured part of the camera's lens.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Jeff Hardy brought the Willow gimmick to TNA after he had been banned from Lethal Lockdown.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His TV character is in fact considerably more normal than he is in real life. His closest friends claim that one of his favorite activities outside of wrestling is "digging holes and filling them back in." His sculpting material of choice is aluminum foil. Also, there's his alter-ego Itchweeed (which is in fact the correct spelling).
  • Confusion Fu: This how TNA plays up his offense, especially as Willow.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Willow's entrance during TNA Impact is filmed this way. Ironically, Jeff does not use much body paint for this gimmick and the mask is actually silver.
  • Determinator: Jeff's never-say-die performance in his legendary 2002 Undisputed Championship ladder match against the Undertaker. It took a Chokeslam off a ladder to down Jeff long enough for the Undertaker to win, and then when Jeff DARED get back up after that, Taker put him down with a Last Ride. When Jeff got back up after THAT, screaming through a mic that "You ain't broke me, Taker!", the Undertaker's response was to simply pat Jeff on the head as a sign of respect and call him 'one tough son-of-a-bitch'.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Jeff, with his band Peroxwhy?gen, performs all seven of his TNA entrance themes ("Modest", "Another Me", "Resurrected", "Similar Creatures", "Time and Fate", "Willow's Way" [as Willow], and "Reptilian" [as a tag team with his brother Matt, who once used the instrumental version titled "Rogue and Cold Blooded"]).
    • When he became (Broken) Brother Nero, his theme was an a capella version of him chanting a line from their song "Obsolete", that had debuted the year prior.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His TNA Heel run has made him look even girlier than he normally does, from the avante-garde championship belt he designed himself, to the pink nails and eyeshadow, it's almost approaching Goldust levels.
  • Drugs Are Bad: They make you an enemy to the cult of straight edge. They get you ejected from airports. They get your home raided. They lead to 90-second squashes on PPV.
  • Easily Forgiven
    • Matt, by Jeff, after they feuded in 2009. Essentially Matt said that he had made a mistake and Jeff forgave him. The "mistake" involved Matt burning Jeff's house to the ground, killing his dog (both of which happened in real life, albeit not because of anything Matt had done), and trying to murder him and/or end his career at least three times. The forgiveness came only a couple months after the end of their fighting over it. To be fair, Matt still had to prove himself by helping Jeff a lot before he was trusted again, and Jeff rebuffed his initial apology during their "I Quit" match by putting him through a table, breaking Matt's arm in the process.
    • Even more so with WWE and TNA, considering he's been a world champion in both companies despite being previously fired from both for drug use, though Victory Road 2011 may have finally averted this, as afterwards he was promptly was written off of the show for months. Despite asking for forgiveness from other wrestlers, all he has gotten in return have been What the Hell, Hero? speeches and a feud with Jeff Jarrett. It was well over a year before Jeff got back into the world title scene again, and that was mainly because his contract was running out soon and TNA didn't want him to sign back with WWE.
  • Face: During his decade-plus career, Jeff has almost never been a Heel, except for the period between Bound for Glory 2010 and his return after the Victory Road 2011 debacle in TNA.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He turned heel at 2010's Bound for Glory, at the Anti-Climax of an angle that was irredeemably terrible.
  • Facial Markings: Frequently paints his face, sometimes paints his whole body. For a stretch in the WWE he was using glow in the dark paint, which tended to rub off on whoever he was wrestling or on then-love interest Trish Stratus.
  • Finishing Move: The Swanton Bomb, a top rope senton bomb which involves flipping at the last possible instant where it is still possible to somersault (a more showy version). Also borrowed his brother's Twist of Fate.
  • Functional Addict: Hardy has had a sorted history with abusing drugs, even while on the road. This came to a head a Victory Road 2011, when he came out to perform completely inebriated. Since then he's managed to stay on the wagon.
  • Fragile Speedster: Subverted; Jeff may rely on his quickness and agility, but he can also take a shitload of punishment. Sometimes that punishment's self-inflicted in order to do even greater damage to his opponent. Of course, in real life, even in his early twenties he was obviously in pain as he walked. He's had a surprisingly few amount of serious injuries for his style of wrestling.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Broke his leg in a motorcycle accident in May 2015, causing him and Matt to have to drop the TNA World Tag Team Championship.
  • A God Am I: When Bully Ray declared Team 3D to be gods of tag team wrestling during the setup to the TNA Tag Title Series between themselves, The Hardy Boys and The American Wolves, the Hardys agreed. Agreed that they were also gods of tag team wrestling and that Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards were not but as the champions had earned a chance to insert themselves into the circle.
  • Groin Attack: One of his signature moves is to spread apart the legs of a prone opponent and then drop both legs on his balls. This has been hand waved as not actually being a strike, as the move is supposed to be planting his feet in the opponent's abdomen, and having his legs land on their groin is just collateral damage, and therefore legal in a match.
  • Hard Head: Striking Willow's head is not very effective.
  • Heel–Face Return: Returned a few months after his performance at Victory Road 2011 asking for forgiveness and getting another chance.
  • I Have Many Names: Not that anybody knows them, but besides Jeff Hardy, there's Galaxion, Gladiator, The Iceman, Keith Davis, Mean Jimmy Jack, Wildo Jinx, Itchweeed, Willow the Wisp, and just Willow.
  • I Have the High Ground: And it does not get much higher than the TitanTron. This is especially notable because Jeff Hardy is not a part time wrestler and WWE is not a garbage wrestling promotion.
  • Inner Monologue: Willow would do these. As in, he would stand there silently while Jeff Hardy's voice was sounded from somewhere. An inner monologue everyone else could hear.
  • Insane Forgiveness: His decision to take Matt back in 2009 could be seen as this. After all the crap his older brother put him through, including insinuating that he had something to do with the fire that killed Jeff's beloved dog, no one would honestly blame Jeff for shunning his brother for the rest of his life. Considering he was feuding Straight Edge Evil CM Punk at the time, however, it may have been a case of just him needing all the help he could get and Matt clearly being remorseful for what happened.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: In the WWE, in spite of his overall bizarreness and being rough around the edges in real life he had much merchandise pushed at kids and tended to wear very bright colors. It worked too, his merchandise sales were usually second only to and at times surpassed John Cena. His problems outside of the ring kept him from getting a bigger push most times in spite of this status and success.
  • Laughing Mad: As Willow, it is even part of his entrance music. Even though he was in pain gasping for breath after Magnus hit him in the gut with a crowbar, Willow was still laughing.
  • Light-Flicker Teleportation: A trick employed as Willow the Wisp.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Especially in TNA, where he has been repeatedly show to trade blows with the monster Abyss somewhat evenly and still employs his usual jump around style.
  • Made of Iron: He does not sell all the tables he goes through after jumping off of high things too much, and he has lasted a lot longer in his career doing it than other guys who had cleaner lifestyles too.
  • Mask Power: As Willow in TNA, everyone still knows it is Jeff Hardy, since he used the gimmick before joining the company, but Willow is a different beast to face all the same.
  • Mr. Fanservice: TNA doesn't need to add the sound of screaming girls to his entrance music; it's a given that the female members of the crowd will provide that themselves.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Paul London laments that his Mexico City matches with Jeff were not recorded by WWE and that the company never put him and Jeff together again.
  • Oh Crap!/This Is Gonna Suck: The only words to describe his reaction to seeing Fortune turn face directly around him and leaving him alone in the ring. Needless to say, he was very right.
  • Once a Season: Seems to debut a new TNA theme at every Bound for Glory since 2010.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WWE): The New Brood, with Gangrel and Matt
    • (in TNA): Immortal
  • Ramp Jump: Has done this in his own yard on a motocross track he built over a statue, which he also built.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: ...or green, or yellow, or purple, or whatever color Jeff will wear next.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot
    • When Jeff didn't sign a new contract with WWE before his old one expired, he was charged with drug possession during his time away from the company. Before that, Jeff had been feuding with the Straight Edge Evil CM Punk, who had made references to Hardy's past substance abuse issues during that feud. After Hardy's arrest, Punk gloated on the next addition of SmackDown about his former rival's misfortune in order to get heat. The original plan was to eventually negotiate a new deal with Hardy, who would return to face Punk at a future pay-per-view. However, Hardy didn't appreciate what was being said about him on WWE programming, so he signed with TNA instead. WWE was forced to go with Plan B: putting Punk in a feud with Rey Mysterio.
    • The loss of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Mr. Anderson in such a rushed fashion was most likely to get the belt off Hardy, who might have been sentenced to jail time soon after being found guilty on his aforementioned drug charges. But seeing that he gained it back soon after, that may not have been the issue.
    • His match at Victory Road 2011 was so short because Jeff showed up "in no condition to work" (i.e. "drugged out as all hell") and Sting wasn't going to actually wrestle him for fear of Jeff injuring one or both of them in his state. So, instead of an actual match, Sting squashed him in 90 seconds. Keep in mind that match was for the World Heavyweight Championship, and was the main event of the evening. And TNA had earlier in the night squandered the chance to name a #1 contender (Rob Van Dam faced Mr. Anderson in a match to name a #1 contender, but it ended in a double countout), so the 90-second match ended the event. His return to the company had him making a public apology to the audience over his unprofessional behavior at Victory Road, but as noted above, he has not been completely forgiven. It even became rather literal; between Jeff having to almost be carried to the entryway backstage, his obvious inability to even get down to the ring, and Sting having (allegedly) been honestly considering walking out on the match, Eric Bischoff walked out into the middle of the ring on live PPV, after the ring announcer already ran down the match, to pass along emergency instructions to each wrestler under the cover of adding an extra stipulation to the match. Jeff looked heartbroken, Sting went from disgusted to furious, and then 90 seconds later went home with the belt. And when one fan yelled out "THAT WAS BULLSHIT", Sting said "I agree! I agree!"
  • Red Baron: "The Charismatic Enigma" and "The Anti-Christ of Professional Wrestling". According to Broken Matt Hardy, he's "The Evil Enigma" and now "The Obsolete Mule" as Brother Nero.
  • Shout-Out
    • Poetry in Motion is basically a double team version of a move Nobukazu Hirai used in "Shin" FMW. Jeff has even used it solo.
    • On the second Impact Wrestling on Destination America, the Hardys employed moves of older TNA tag teams, Jeff using Elix Skipper's rope walk and the both using the Natural Disaster to defeat The American Wolves.
  • Sibling Team: With Matt Hardy, whom the IWC and ROHbots tended to prefer but Jeff tended to overshadow anyway.
  • Signature Move
    • A slingshot dropkick to someone on the lower turnbuckle he calls "Hardyac Arrest", double leg drop to the sternum, Whisper in the Wind (top rope or spring board corkscrew, usually to a standing opponent)
    • A sliding elbow drop from the ring to the floor and a handspring Stinger splash as Willow.
  • Spot Monkey: Has sometimes been accused of being this, although he's shown improvement over time. In fact, this was lampshaded the first time Matt turned on Jeff, as it was because Jeff's love of high spots was costing them matches. But let's face it, a lot of those spots were amazing.
  • Squee!: Jeff, PLEASE don't take your shirt off again in the middle of a match. It hurts our ears.
  • Squash Match: His TNA World Heavyweight Title match against Sting at Victory Road 2011 lasted all of ninety seconds. See above for the reasons why.
  • Start My Own: He and Matt would start a Backyard Trampoline Wrestling Federation. It did not take too long to fold but managed to have at least one successor.
  • Third-Person Person: While not all the time, Willow sometimes dips into this.
  • The Unfettered: Heel and face, this man gives it his all with every move.
  • Three Month Rule: At the end of TNA's 2014, The Revolution beat the American Wolves for the TNA World Tag Team Championship and the Hardy Boyz won a tournament to become number one contenders. When TNA got a new TV deal one of the first things they got out of the way was the Wolves getting their rematch for the belts, which they lost, which would logically give the Hardy Boyz the next shot. Despite this the next week featured the Hardy Boyz facing the Wolves for the number one contendership without explanation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As far as his WWE career goes, his ladder match with the Undertaker in the early 2000s. He didn't receive his first main event push until late 2007, but that was the match that really put him in the public's eyes as legitimate singles competitor.
  • Tournament Arc
    • Quite a few, but highlights are he and Matt winning the Terri Invitational Tournament in WWE and Jeff winning the Bound for Glory Series in TNA.
    • He and Matt won the TNA's November 2014 #1 contenders Tag Team Tournament for a shot at the American Wolves, defeating Samoa Joe and Low Ki in the last round.
    • "Team Hardy"(Gunner, Crazzy Steve, Davey Richards, Rockstar Spud, Gail Kim and himself) won TNA's 2015 World Cup of Wrestling.
  • Vetinari Job Security: As described throughout the page, Hardy has had a spotty record with both WWE and TNA, that would've gotten anyone else lower on the card fired with prejudice. Hardy has Popularity Power on his side. Case in point, when Jeff and Matt both respectively had their drug related issues, Jeff was kept on board and sent to rehab while Matt was fired.
  • Villain Song: One of his TNA theme songs, "Another Me", fits this to a T.
  • Warrior Poet: Especially as Willow, who get plenty of backstage promos on Impact Wrestling.
  • Weapon of Choice: An umbrella as Willow.
  • Will-o'-the-Wisp: Jeff Hardy's masked gimmick, Willow the Wisp, in OMEGA. In TNA, it is stated Willow is nothing but a figment of Jeff Hardy's imagination. Willow's light show makes his surroundings deliberately monochrome.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Jeff Hardy ran into this dilemma in Ultimate Pro Wrestling when he and Matt went against the promotion's tag team champions, the Ballard Brothers, who were affiliated with Lexie Fyfe at the time.
  • Worthy Opponent: Treated as such by both The Undertaker and Triple H.
  • Wrestling Family: As mentioned above, he and Matt are not Unrelated Brothers.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Boyz.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Red, purple or whatever color or combination of colors he feels like at the time. WWE's Jim Ross called him "The Rainbow-Haired Warrior."
  • Younger Than He Looks: His facial hair, weight gain and drug use means he hasn't aged well. Look at the page picture, and now look at this one. Just a reminder, he's the younger Hardy brother.

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