Back in April 2019, Jeff Hardy and his brother Matt were forced to relinquish the SmackDown Tag Team Championships because The Charismatic Enigma required time away to undergo knee surgery. Jeff hasn’t stepped inside a WWE ring since, and his return has only been delayed by his personal health problems, which led to him being arrested twice in four months last year.
Now, Hardy appears to be better both physically and mentally as he revealed on last night’s episode of WWE Backstage that he has been cleared by WWE to return to in-ring action, and he was just waiting for WWE Creative to provide him with a storyline.
Hardy said: “I’m officially cleared. So, I have been at SmackDown on FOX the last two weeks in a row and I’m just waiting for the right creative spot to jump back in the mix. I’ve got tons of ideas running through my mind of what I can do that’s new and fresh, and I will be different, I will be the 2020 version of Jeff Hardy, no doubt about it. But, just the anticipation is very stressful. I just want to get that first moment over with and feel that energy and power of the WWE Universe.”
Hardy also discussed his time on the sidelines during an interview with Renee Young. He explained his time away from WWE had been a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to spend more time with his Dad, who was ill at the time. He did address his second arrest on October 3, 2019, which led to him checking into inpatient rehab the next day, which he admitted was “one of the best things I could have ever done for myself.”
“The last nine months has been very crazy,” the Former WWE Champion said. “When I had knee surgery, it was a blessing in disguise because my dad was in real bad shape away from home. So, I was able to be over there with him every day…Long story short, I got him home halfway through September so he’s been home for like five months now and he’s doing much better. But then on the night of October 3rd, I got into some trouble. On the morning of October 4th, I arranged for me to go to inpatient rehab for the first time in my life and it was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself, and I’ve done something everyday to better myself and its just going to be so good to get back in front of all those people.”