There’s been word going around for a while now that Jeff Hardy is dealing with various injuries. He hasn’t taken any time off, however, despite rumors suggesting he would. Here’s the thing: he should take time off, because it sounds like he’s really hurting.
According to the man himself, though, he’s just “a little beat up.” That’s how he described it on a conference call recently (via TheWhig.com), and you aren’t going to believe what that means to him:
“I’m 40 now and I’ve been pretty banged up lately. Four nights a week is a lot of matches — I mean they add up. And doing that Swanton every night is just rough. I’ve actually cut that out of a lot of events and I’ve just been using the Twist of Fate as a finish and it’s helped my lower back out a lot. I pretty much now save the Swanton for television unless I’m feeling really good at a live event. I’m a little beat up, but my back is a lot better than it was a few weeks ago. I’ve been having this issue with my elbow, like a nerve issue, and my hand was asleep for probably seven weeks and it’s finally woken. But overall, I mean, I’m 40 years old, I feel pretty good to be wrestling the way I am today in 2018.”
This man’s hand was asleep for damn near two months and he’s not doing his usual finish because his back is so jacked up but to him, that isn’t bad!
This is yet another argument for WWE giving its wrestlers, especially those who are up there in age like Hardy, periodic time off to rest their bodies. The travel schedule alone is brutal but asking them to wrestle up to four matches a week, every week, 52 weeks a year, is far too much.
Hardy challenges Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States championship at SummerSlam tonight (Sun., Aug. 19, 2018) in Brooklyn.