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5 Times Jeff Hardy's personal life was featured as part of a WWE storyline

  • Jeff Hardy recently returned to WWE to feud with Sheamus, with hiss personal history as a big factor in their rivalry.
  • Here are five times that we have seen Jeff Hardy's past used in storyline previously.
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Modified 19 May 2020, 11:00 IST

#4 Samoa Joe (2018)

Samoa Joe got extremely personal with Jeff Hardy during their 2018 feud.
Samoa Joe got extremely personal with Jeff Hardy during their 2018 feud.

The year 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Jeff Hardy signing his first full-time contract with WWE.

The promotion decided to celebrate Hardy's landmark with a special segment in his honor on the November 27 edition of SmackDown. One man who was not in a celebratory mood, though, was Samoa Joe.

Following an emotional speech where Hardy thanked fans for their support during his career, Joe came out and took a shot at Jeff over his past issues with alcohol.

"Forgive my tardiness, I was in the back popping some bottles getting ready to come out here and have a toast, but I think we can all agree having a bottle of champagne around you isn't the best idea."

Joe then continued to blast Hardy, suggesting that his substance abuse problems over the years might have affected his memory.

"Thank you to WWE for that wonderful anthology of all your greatest moments. It must have been a special treat for you considering at the time you probably weren't coherent enough to remember any of it." 

Joe's comments instantly set up a very personal rivalry with Jeff Hardy. WWE had previously referred to Hardy's personal struggles, but never this directly.

Coming off a long feud with AJ Styles, where he frequently lost, Samoa Joe needed to regain some steam as a heel. His vicious verbal assaults on Jeff Hardy helped Joe re-establish himself as a significant figure on SmackDown once again.

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Published 19 May 2020, 11:00 IST
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