Break out those homemade arm sleeves because Jeff Hardy is back in the World title picture. In a strange turn of events, Hardy cost Kurt Angle the Bound for Glory Series, submitted “The Somoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe, and defeated Bully Ray with a undiagnoised shoulder injury to win the BFG Series for a shot at Austin Aries’s TNA Heavyweight championship.
Since returning to TNA in 2010, Jeff Hardy hasn’t had nearly the drive that we witnessed in his final years in the WWE. Though Hardy did undergo a heel change, which saw him as the leader of The Immortal faction headlined by wrestling legends Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, the dark persona also enabled his inner demons. Then after a horrendous display of professionalism at TNA’s Victory Road pay-per-view, where Hardy was unable to compete in the main event, he officially hit rock bottom.
With his wrestling career plummeting, and ongoing legal battles, Jeff Hardy was becoming another wrestling tragedy story. But just like The Phoenix, The Enigma has risen again. TNA’s No Surrender pay-per-view showcased the transformation as Hardy defeated Samoa Joe for the second time to advance to the finals of the BFG series. Hardy was then severely attacked by the reneged Aces and Eights gang that have plagued the Impact Zone for the past couple of months, resulting in medical attention.
Wrestling one match is exhausting enough, a second or third time in a single night is damn near impressive in light of a tournament. But to compete for a second time with an injured shoulder–let alone win the damn thing–is super human. The Hulkster said it best on Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy beats on a different energy and is from another planet. That is the best way to describe the Jeff Hardy that would do anything to grab the brass ring and run with it.
Along with his new passion for the business, Jeff’s assurance of his own abilities were tested when he accepted to put up his number-one contendership against Bully Ray in a return match from No Surrender. Though Bully more aggressively went after the injured shoulder, Hardy’s unwillingness to relent fortified the claim that he is bound for glory. Hardy’s eyes are on the prize, and if Aries–who’s attention is sidetracked by the ongoing threats of Aces and Eights–isn’t careful, Hardy might wind up taking the TNA Heavyweight title.
Online “reports” suggest that Jeff Hardy really has his sights set on a return to the WWE for one more big run; which would be great, especially since CM Punk, who forced Hardy out of the WWE, is currently the man to beat. On Jeff’s final night in the WWE, he told the WWE Universe that it wasn’t good-bye forever, it was only good-bye for now.
In the world of professional wrestling, you have to travel around the world to test your abilities. Bound for Glory, though a signature event for TNA, doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be the last stop for Jeff Hardy’s quest for glory. Whether it be the TNA Heavyweight championship, or another crack at the big time, Jeff Hardy is back and he is flying high.
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