Wardlow Says Original Wrestling Goal Was To Become The ‘Next Jeff Hardy’

11 months ago by Sanchez Taylor

Wardlow Says Original Wrestling Goal Was To Become The ‘Next Jeff Hardy’ WWE

AEW star Wardlow has revealed that his original goal in wrestling was to become the ‘next Jeff Hardy’.

Wardlow has made a name for himself as one of AEW’s most dominant heavyweight athletes.

Speaking on The Wrestling Classic, Wardlow noted that he initially planned to become a high-flyer.

Stating that he only put on muscle during his final years of high school, Wardlow said:

“I don’t really comprehend how I look. I understand I’m 6’3, I’m 265 (pounds) and I look like a Viking comic book character. I feel like people judge me on that, and I think a lot of people, especially in the world of wrestling assume that (I’m) some dude that didn’t make it as an actor, didn’t make it as a professional athlete, didn’t make it as a bodybuilder, whatever he was trying to pursue so he just giving this a shot.

“Nope, I’m just like every 5’5, 160 pound backyarder because I was a 5’5, 160 pound backyarder. I was a runt, bro. I anticipated being the next Jeff Hardy, that was my initial goal in wrestling. So I spent years doing swantons and teaching my body to flip and twist and corkscrew.

“I was like ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna sell my ass off and I’m gonna do really cool stuff.’ And then I blow up during my Junior and Senior year (in high school). Your body, muscle memory, your body still remembers that stuff. So I spent all of these years teaching myself high-flying stuff and then blew up physically. So I’m capable of doing things guys my size shouldn’t be capable of.”

Hardy is currently suspended from AEW following his DUI arrest last month. You can read the latest update on Hardy’s recent ‘not guilty’ plea right here.

Wardlow last wrestled at AEW Dynamite: Road Rager on June 15, winning the 20 vs 1 ‘Class Action’ handicap bout. The star has only been defeated twice on AEW TV this year, most recently by Scorpio Sky following interference from MJF on the March 16 edition of Dynamite.

Stay up to date with AEW win/loss records for 2022 using our tracker at this link.

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