Jeffrey Nero Hardy, better known by his ring name Jeff Hardy, is an American professional wrestler and musician who is now signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). He is well-known for his stint in WWE and TNA.
Hardy is widely recognized as one of the best professional wrestlers of all time, as well as one of the most daring high-flyers and risk-takers of all time. The tag team The Hardy Boyz, which he formed with his brother Matt, is now largely recognized as one of the best tag teams in professional wrestling history.
Jeff Nero Hardy is the younger brother of Matt Hardy and the son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy. When Jeff Hardy was nine years old, his mother died of brain cancer.
He developed an interest in motocross at age 12 and got his first bike, a Yamaha YZ-80. He had his first race when he was in ninth grade. Hardy played baseball when he was young, but had to stop after he crashed during a motocross race, injuring his arm.
He also played football during high school as a fullback and linebacker. He briefly competed in amateur wrestling in high school. He had to stop playing football in high school after he was ordered to pick between professional wrestling and football, and he chose wrestling. Hardy’s favorite subjects in school were U.S. history and art, which he did for extra credit.
Hardy, along with his brother Matt and friends, started their own federation, the Trampoline Wrestling Federation (TWF), and mimicked the moves they saw on television.
Later on, the TWF went under several names, eventually being integrated into a county fair in North Carolina. The brothers and their friends then began to work for other independent companies. They drove all over the East Coast of the United States, working for companies such as ACW and other small promotions.
In an interview with Jared Myers in February 2022, Hardy confirmed that he planned on signing with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where his brother Matt has worked since 2020 and would wait until after his 90-day WWE non-compete clause expires to do so.
Myers confirmed that Hardy said this in an interview with Post Wrestling. On the March 9 episode of Dynamite, Hardy made his AEW debut, saving his brother Matt from a beat down at the hands of Team AHFO (Andrade El Idolo, Private Party, and The Butcher and The Blade) after they turned on him.
He since has teamed with his brother Matt, and they’ve performed in tag team matches under the name The Hardys. On the May 4, 2022 episode of Dynamite, Hardy made his debut as an AEW singles competitor, defeating Bobby Fish in an Owen Hart Foundation Tournament qualifying match.
On the May 11, 2022 episode of Dynamite, Hardy advanced to the tournament’s semifinals after defeating Darby Allin in the evening’s main event match. On the May 18, 2022 episode of Dynamite, Hardy would be eliminated from the tournament after losing to Adam Cole.