Jeff Hardy made an incredible comeback at AEW Double or Nothing 2023, winning his first in-ring match back in wrestling in almost a year.
The pre-show event saw Jeff Hardy team with his brother Matt Hardy, and young star Hook, to take on the trio of Ethan Page, Austin Gunn and Colten Gunn.
The former WWE Champion was a huge signing for the company in January 2022, following his controversial firing from the WWE.
He soon joined his brother Matt Hardy in AEW, reforming the legendary Hardy Boyz tag team for the first time in years.
The duo immediately became one of the most popular teams in the company, with Jeff Hardy continuing to retain his support from the ever-loving wrestling fans.
The duo defeated The Young Bucks at Double or Nothing 2022, with the Hardy’s looking to move on to challenge for the AEW Tag Team Championships.
Unfortuntately, Hardy suffered a relapse from his drug addicition, being arrested for driving under the influence, and being sentenced to time in prison.
He was soon released and entered rehab, but AEW boss Tony Khan would not allow Jeff Hardy back on TV unless he proved his long-term sobriety to him.
So, nearly a year after leaving, he returned to AEW alongside his brother, to one of the biggest pops of his career.
Jeff Hardy wrestled in a multi-man cinematic match in May 2023, which took place in pre-taped environment at the Hardy Compound.
In that bout, The Hardy Boyz teamed with Hook and Isiah Kassidy to defeat The Firm (Big Bill, Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty & Stokely Hathaway) in an entertaining match.
However, his first in-ring match came at Double or Nothing 2023, and did not come without its struggles.
Jeff Hardy showed ring rust in his return, looking sluggish and struggling to execute some moves. He even slipped off the rope during an attempted Whisper in the Wind, and looked injured following the heavy fall to the mat.
He hobbled around the ring, but managed to hit his signature moves, like the Swanton Bomb onto the Gunns, to break up a pin fall.
Jeff Hardy may have hit his head on the fall, but did his best to keep up with the rest of his team for the remainder of the match.
He hit The Gunns and Ethan Page with a Twist of Fate, before Hook forced Ethan Page with the Redrum to secure Jeff Hardy’s first win in exactly a year.
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