In the past year, Jeff Hardy has gone from the jailhouse to the main event of TNA Impact Wrestling’s biggest show of the year.
The popular star wrestles TNA champ Austin Aries at TNA’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view with an opportunity to solidify his resurgence. Hardy is proud of how far he has come in a short amount of time.
“It’s been great,” Hardy said during a media conference call to promote the extravaganza airing 8 p.m. EST, Sunday, Oct. 14.
“I kind of set a goal for myself for 2012 to be a great year. It has so far. Everything has gone extremely well. It’s something I hope continues and to finish 2012 strong. Everything has been great and being a part of TNA has been better than ever. The evolution is in full effect, and I’m crazy excited for the future.
“…There is still one major thing to accomplish. Hopefully I will fulfill that achievement this Sunday, and that is to become world champion one more time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the most important title in professional wrestling. As far as meaning, it has the most. That is the biggest thing to become champion one more time.”
Hardy made an impressive comeback in the Bound for Glory Series leading to defeating Bully Ray in the finals. He is now set to face someone who is also having a banner 2012.
“It was one of those shocking moments,” Hardy said on Aries winning the TNA championship. “I wasn’t at that pay-per-view when he beat Bobby Roode. Then I heard the next day, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. Austin Aries is the new world champion.’ It was something I was trying to accomplish for the last year. I think it was one of those shocking moments that we will remember. He has held his own. He is great on the mic. He is great in the ring. He is such a talented guy.
“…Austin Aries has nothing to prove to me. Honestly, he has a long way to go to be at the level that I’m at. I can admit that because I’ve been and done a lot of things. I’m flattered he wants to have what I have, and hopefully he’ll get there. He is on his way. No doubt about it.”
Hardy’s career began to skyrocket teaming with his brother Matt in WWE. He never forgets where he comes from. Much like Hardy, tag team wrestling has enjoyed a rebirth of its own.
“Going back to the days of the classic TLC matches with Edge and Christian, the Dudley Boys and the Hardy's, those matches are so special to me,” Hardy said. “It will be the year 2060, and those matches will still be cool. I’m kind of waiting for that to spark again. I kind of saw it when Beer Money and the [Motor City] Machineguns were having a crazy feud. I remember thinking it was awesome. Maybe it will happen. Tag team wrestling will always be fun, especially for the kids.
“I remember what it was like for me and Matt growing up and wanting to be like the Rock n’ Roll Express and the Rockers. That is the fuel that drives you to be successful. I’m sure there are kids out there watching old Hardy Boys tapes and want to be like us. As far as TNA goes, I really love watching Daniels and Kazarian. It’s great what they’re doing. They are the best tag team out there, as far as I know.”
At 35, Hardy has accomplished more than most in his profession, but it hasn’t been without its bumps in the road. The TNA fan favorite is grateful to the company for sticking with him through the rough times in his life. For the daredevil, the last year has been about redemption and the resurrection of Jeff Hardy, inside the ring and out.