An AEW star has reacted to fan skepticism over Jeff Hardy’s return on the April 12 episode of AEW Dynamite.
Jeff Hardy made his return to save his brother Matt Hardy and Isiah Kassidy from a beating by The Firm’s Big Bill and Lee Moriarty, footage from which can be seen below this news story.
Given the past issues of Jeff Hardy, some took exception at the return, leading to Matt Hardy sharing his thoughts on the skepticism.
Speaking on the Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast, Hardy said:
“This is the most work I’ve ever seen him do on himself. He had ten months. He seems different. He seems different. I don’t want to sit here and vouch for him, I don’t want you to take my word for it or take anyone else’s word for it. Watch him and follow his actions. He’ll make you a believer. I am confident that his actions, conduct, and behavior will make people a believer. He’s made me a believer.
“I’ve seen a lot of him and gotten to follow his journey and I know the work he’s put in and how dedicated he’s been to legitimately changing and trying to get his sh*t together once and for all.
“I’m so extraordinarily proud of him. He’s done great. Everyone was happy to see him. He’s happy to be there.
“It was so adorable, right before we went out, he was so nervous and so worried because he hasn’t been in a ring, at all. He came out to my house on Monday, got in the ring, ran the ropes, took a few bumps.
“He was worried how the people were going to react to him. Jeff is one of the few individuals who has ‘it’ and people are connected to him. When he came out and the people went nuts and were cheering and chanting, it was great, a magical moment.
“Really glad we got to this point and very excited to see where we go forward from here.”
Hardy would concede that Jeff does have to prove himself, given his past, concluding:
“Coming off his past, he has stuff to prove to people. I’m the ultimate optimist. My mentality doesn’t work for everybody, but I say, people change, give them a chance, especially if they’ve legitimately put the work in and have tried. I do that with everybody.
“Either he’ll prove you wrong or prove you right. I have a very good feeling about this point Jeff is at in his life.”
A previous report has stated that Hardy is still physically recovering from a recent surgery he had, which may prevent his return to the ring for right now.
There are reportedly some alternate plans over the next few weeks for Jeff that wouldn’t involve him wrestling.
Transcript from Fightful.
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