Jeff Hardy is by far the most beloved daredevil in WWE history.
We’ve all watched Jeff’s incredible jumps and falls over the years, whether he’s a solo star or performing on the legendary Hardy Boyz team with his brother Matt and, remarkably, Jeff continues.
Now 44, Hardy is enjoying the winter of his career with another round in WWE, but considering the career Hardy has had, it’s pretty incredible that he still wrestles.
When talkSPORT caught up with the charismatic conundrum over Survivor Series weekend, Hardy revealed that crossing a table against Rob Van Dam on SmackDown in 2001 was the worst bump he’s ever taken.
“This was my worst bump ever, if you mean the one where I crossed the table vertically?” It was right behind my back and oh my god it took my breath away the worst I have ever seen.
“When it comes to bumps, it hurts the most, until it cuts the wind. My lower back for the next few weeks. Oh, that was hard. I was like ‘OK I don’t think I want to browse a table vertically again’ and I didn’t.
“But, I just had to do it. “Just let me do it, I think it’s going to be okay.” And then I walked through the frame to the floor and wow [laughs]. It hurts.”
At around 7:20 am in the video below, you can see the bump in question.
“I even went through a world upside down in the other world of wrestling [IMPACT]. I don’t even know why, but I was like I could do it and made a cannonball.
“It hurts like crazy, but, I got it out of here [points to his head] and this is the main [laughs]. I just have to take it out! I don’t ever want to do this again.
“So I did yoga for a while. Not all, I just picked my favorites that suit me the best. Every morning it is the first thing I do with my prayers and meditation.
“I do my yoga and cardio every morning when I can. There are times when my neck and back are probably the most battered.
“My knee is weak – it was my last operation. But yeah, overall I can’t complain. For maintenance, after each match, I freeze my neck and back, maybe my knee if necessary.
“I put heat on my back before a game and I freeze those spots after a game and everything went really well. It’s really amazing.”
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