It was definitely unique. There have been all sorts of wrestlers who have left the WWE over the past year and a half, though the move of them has not gone voluntarily. The vast majority of them were released from the company, though there were some who walked away on their own. That was the case with a high-profile exit late last year, and now things have become more interesting.
In December 2021, Jeff Hardy literally walked out of a match at a live event and was released by WWE a few days later. Jeff’s brother, Matt Hardy, discussed the release on his latest Twitch stream where he attributed that Jeff decided to leave WWE due to stress. He also talked about the drug test Jeff was forced to take before being sent home, which came back completely clean without any evidence of drugs in Jeff’s system. Finally, while Jeff was fighting to get the results of his drug test, WWE actually offered him a spot in the 2022 Hall of Fame class, which Jeff turned down.
Here are some highlights, courtesy of Fightful.com:
About how Jeff was released
“When my brother was finally released, he took a drug test. These drug tests usually return within 10 to 14 days. Those 10 to 14 days were over and he never got any rest and he was curious about where his rash was. He knew he had passed his drug test because he knew he was not using any drugs and he was clean, he was clean all the time while he was there. There was a problem where they said, ‘Jeff Hardy had this erratic behavior’ and he ‘jumped over the guardrail’ or whatever. Hi, he’s Jeff Hardy, he’s a weird guy. That’s kind of what he does. The erratic behavior is why they gave him a drug test and sent him home.
“He addressed it to me and, as he said, he knew at that stage… working for WWE is a very stressful job. I’m not going here to bury WWE, I love WWE, Vince McMahon, everyone who’s there. I would not be who I am and I would not have this life now. I have great appreciation and I am very grateful for everything I have done for them and every opportunity they have given me. It’s all good, but it’s also a very stressful environment. Anyone who has worked there before knows this. I feel Jeff was stressed in many ways about several things and he confessed to me that when he went over that guardrail, he knew he was done. He was literally done with the game and he felt done. “
About Jeff fighting for his drug test results
“He took this drug test, he was finally released a few days later. He never got the result of this drug test, he obviously passed all his drug tests. He was regularly tested for drugs while working there. It also leaked that he thought it was going to be a private conversation, they said with going to rehab or being released. They gave him an ultimatum. He said, “Okay, you can release me then, I do not have to go to rehab.” That was his mentality at the time. Three weeks later he did not get his drug test and he asked to see it and got it. He fought, scratched, clawed to get the drug test and he ran around …
“After my brother and his wife talked to WWE for a while, they talked to a lawyer to help him. A few days ago he got his drug test and it passed. Everything was negative, he passed on all levels. The main reason why he was so determined to get it is because he wanted to clear his name. ”
On The Hall Of Fame Offer
“He received a call from John Laurinaitis and they offered to induct him into the Hall of Fame. It was not made up. This is a real thing that happened. He only asked for his drug test at the end of the conversation. He said, ‘No, I just want my drug test,’ kind of clearing his name.
Opinion: Although I would be curious to hear WWE’s side of the story, it’s a pretty interesting set of claims. If Jeff’s test was clean, and it would be a little difficult to lie about the results, it would change the situation a little. At the same time, however, Jeff walking out on the match and the fans is not exactly a great look. I’m not sure what the situation is, but in the end it does not paint him in the best light.
What do you think of Jeff’s actions? Where is he going next? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen more than 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 complete performances covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or go watch his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books
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