Jeff Hardy Talks About TNA's TV Situation, Victory Road 2011, His Goals, Willow, Wolves, More
What have been your favorite memories working for TNA Impact Wrestling?
For sure it was coming back after Victory Road 2011. 2012 was the best year of my pro wrestling career. Being clean and straight up. Looking great, loving life. 2012 was huge with me, every match. Winning the World title in a killer match-up against Austin Aries. The #1 year for me.
Victory Road 2011. I would assume that that had to be the worst night of your career.
I was too f***ed up to even try to get through the match. You see yourself on video, not knowing how bad you were. It's embarrassing; it's terrifying watching yourself. Me seeing myself in that shape devastated me. A huge let-down for the fans. Everything that was bad in me pretty much died that night.Thank G-d they didn't fire me that night. After Victory Road, that was a huge eye opener. I had a huge decision...I had the chance to do a 120-day outpatient rehab. It was good for me. It saved me.
When you came back later that year, how did it feel to be forgiven and embraced by the fans?
When I returned I had to go and apologize to everyone in the locker room. I could barely talk, it was horrible. I went in there and went through it, begged for forgiveness. I begged everyone for one last chance. I came out of that whole situation better than ever.
Recently you were portraying the character of Willow, which we know you've done in the past – What brought Willow back in TNA?
We through it around maybe my 2nd or 3rd year. But my hair was cut short and I had to grow it longer for the character to work. One of my best friends, Shannon Moore, his wife made me this awesome mask for it. But it just wasn't the right time for it. Me and Jeff Jarrett actually talked about it. Some time went on and then I had some time off in January and February this year. Then they called me and I tried to get it ready really quick. Try to develop my approach to the character. Debuted at Lockdown, lasted awhile, and was pretty cool as far as I'm concerned. It will be around, basically as a part of Jeff Hardy's imagination.
Reuniting with your brother Matt, the Hardy Boyz.
It was great. Matt's been doing his own thing on the indies and Ring of Honor. I've been doing my thing in TNA. He went through his own dark period too. Now both of us are on the other side of that.
Who he would like to work with:
The Wolves, I saw them in ROH and I thought these guys are special, crazy talented. There are so many young talents. We will work with anybody. Devon's back in TNA. We're older now and we have so much history with Team 3D. So amazing considering what we've put our bodies through and still going out there and doing what we do.
Do you plan on bringing back the TLC match/Full Metal Mayhem (as it's known in TNA), maybe at BFG vs the Wolves & 3D?
That would be a crazy main event and a definite show-stealer and is entirely possible.
You recently had a world championship shot against Bobby Lashley. You did a Swanton Bomb and landed directly onto the steel steps. You're now 36, I'm thinking that your body doesn't heal as quick. Why put yourself through such risks?
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