109 Facts About Jeff Hardy


Jeffrey Nero Hardy was born on August 31,1977 and is an American professional wrestler and musician.

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Jeff Hardy is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time and is regarded as one of the most daring high flyers and risktakers throughout his career.

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Jeff Hardy has had great success in his singles career, capturing his first of six world championships, the WWE Championship in 2008 and going on to hold WWE's World Heavyweight Championship twice and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship three times.

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Jeff Hardy is involved in motocross, music, painting and other artistic endeavors.

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Jeff Nero Hardy is the son of Gilbert and Ruby Moore Hardy, and the younger brother of Matt Hardy.

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Jeff Hardy played baseball when he was young, but had to stop after he crashed during a motocross race, injuring his arm.

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In OMEGA, each of the brothers portrayed several characters; Jeff Hardy portrayed such characters as Willow the Wisp, Iceman, Mean Jimmy Jack Tomkins, and The Masked Mountain.

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Jeff Hardy cites Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Sting, and Shawn Michaels as his childhood inspirations to wrestle.

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In 2000, the Jeff Hardy Boyz found a new manager in their real-life friend Lita.

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Jeff Hardy gained attention for his high risk stunts in the TLC matches, such as doing Swanton Bomb frontflips off of the top steps of 10 and 20 foot high ladders, making a name for himself as one of the most seemingly reckless and unorthodox WWF performers of his time.

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In 2001, Jeff Hardy received a push as a singles competitor, and he held the Intercontinental, Light Heavyweight and Hardcore Championships .

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In early April 2002, the Jeff Hardy Boyz began a feud with Brock Lesnar after Lesnar gave Matt an F-5 on the steel entrance ramp, which led to an angered Jeff Hardy seeking revenge on Lesnar.

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In July 2002, Jeff Hardy won his third Hardcore Championship by defeating Bradshaw.

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Jeff Hardy came up short in the intense match, but earned The Undertaker's respect when he displayed courage by attempting to rise to his feet after the bout and challenge The Undertaker to continue.

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Jeff Hardy competed for singles titles on several occasions and defeated William Regal for the European Championship.

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Jeff Hardy was defeated a few weeks later by Rob Van Dam in a ladder match to unify the European Championship and the Intercontinental Championship, and the European Championship was retired.

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On Raw, Jeff Hardy would compete in WWE's Hardcore division until the title's unification with the Intercontinental Championship.

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In late 2002, Jeff Hardy had been teaming with Rob Van Dam and Bubba Ray Dudley.

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In January 2003, Jeff Hardy briefly turned into a heel after he attacked Van Dam and Shawn Michaels.

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Jeff Hardy competed in his final match against The Rock and lost.

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Jeff Hardy cites "burn out" and the need for time off as reasons for leaving WWE.

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On May 24,2003, Jeff Hardy made his first wrestling appearance after being released by WWE during a show for the promotion OMEGA.

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Jeff Hardy was defeated by Jarrett in a ladder match at Victory Road following interference from Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

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Jeff Hardy went on to defeat Hall in a singles match, substituting for Hector Garza at Final Resolution on January 16,2005.

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At Against All Odds in February 2005, Jeff Hardy lost to Abyss in a "Full Metal Mayhem" match for the number one contendership to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

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On March 25,2005, Jeff Hardy teamed with Shocker defeating David Young and Lex Lovett.

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Later that night, Jeff Hardy competed in a ten-man battle royal for the number one contendership to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which Rhino won.

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Jeff Hardy was scheduled to wrestle on the pre-show of Turning Point in December 2005, but no-showed the event, again citing traveling problems.

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Jeff Hardy was suspended as a result and did not appear on TNA television again.

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In March, April, and May 2006, Jeff Hardy appeared on several live events promoted by TNA in conjunction with Dave Hebner and the United Wrestling Federation.

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Jeff Hardy was later released from his TNA contract in June 2006.

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Jeff Hardy then teamed with Matt to defeat MNM at both the Royal Rumble and No Way Out pay-per-views.

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Jeff Hardy began an on and off tag team with Triple H, which eventually led to a respectful feud between the two.

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The rivalry continued at Armageddon, when Jeff Hardy defeated Triple H to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble.

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Jeff Hardy was removed from the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV in which he was booked to win after the suspension was announced.

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On June 23,2008, Jeff Hardy was drafted to the SmackDown brand as a part of the 2008 WWE draft.

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Jeff Hardy participated in the WWE Championship Scramble match at Unforgiven and challenged for the championship at No Mercy and Cyber Sunday, but failed to win each time.

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At Armageddon, Jeff Hardy defeated Edge and Triple H in a triple threat match to capture the WWE Championship, his first world championship.

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Jeff Hardy then defeated Edge in a non-title match on the following SmackDown to earn the right to choose the stipulation for their rematch at Extreme Rules and chose a ladder match.

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At Extreme Rules, Jeff Hardy won the match to become World Heavyweight Champion for the first time.

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Jeff Hardy got another rematch at The Bash, and won the match via disqualification after Punk kicked the ref in the back while feigning an eye injury with Punk still retaining the title.

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At Night of Champions Jeff Hardy defeated Punk to win the championship for the second time.

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Punk again attacked Jeff Hardy post-match, resulting in Teddy Long announcing a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match between the two for the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam.

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Jeff Hardy had two herniated discs in his lower back and was suffering from restless legs syndrome.

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One week later Jeff Hardy was injured when James Storm spewed a volatile liquid against a flame from his lighter, forming a fireball that singed most of Jeff Hardy's face.

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Jeff Hardy was entered into an eight-man tournament for the championship, defeating Rob Terry in his first round match.

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At the semi-finals at No Surrender, Jeff Hardy first wrestled Kurt Angle to a twenty-minute time-limit draw, after which Eric Bischoff ordered a five-minute period of extra time.

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At Bound for Glory, Jeff Hardy turned heel with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and with their help defeated Angle and Anderson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time.

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Meanwhile, Jeff Hardy debuted a new dark character, using cryptic messages as he explained the reasons behind his turn.

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At Turning Point, Jeff Hardy retained his title in a defense against Matt Morgan, a replacement for Mr Anderson, who was sidelined after suffering a concussion during an attack by Jeff Hardy.

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On January 4,2011, Jeff Hardy made his debut for New Japan Pro-Wrestling at Wrestle Kingdom V in Tokyo Dome, where he successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Tetsuya Naito.

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That same night, Jeff Hardy gave Anderson a match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, immediately following Anderson's victory in a number one contender's match.

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TNA had made the decision to cut the match short after deeming that Jeff Hardy was too intoxicated to wrestle, coming out visibly under the influence during his entrance.

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On January 8,2012, at Genesis, Jeff Hardy defeated TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode via disqualification and as a result the title remained with Roode.

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The following week, Jeff Hardy was entered into a number one contender's match against James Storm, which ended in a no contest following interference from Ray and Roode.

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Three days later at No Surrender, Jeff Hardy defeated Joe in a rematch to advance to the finals of the tournament.

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On October 14 at Bound for Glory, Jeff Hardy defeated Austin Aries to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the third time, and, according to TNA, completing his "road to redemption" following the events of March 2011.

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The following week, Jeff Hardy was successful in retaining his title against Aries, following interference from Bobby Roode.

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The rivalry culminated in a three-way elimination match on January 13,2013, at Genesis, where Jeff Hardy defeated both Aries and Roode to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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The following week, Jeff Hardy defeated Roode in his first BFG series match via pinfall to earn seven points in the tournament.

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On October 20,2013 at Bound for Glory, Jeff Hardy debuted a new theme song and competed in his first Ultimate X match for the TNA X Division Championship but was unsuccessful as Chris Sabin won the match after an interference from Velvet Sky.

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Jeff Hardy defeated Chris Sabin and Bobby Roode in the first two rounds of the tournament, to reach the finals at Final Resolution.

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The following week on Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy teamed up with Sting to face The BroMans, Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud, which they lost.

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Jeff Hardy competed in the match as himself and won, earning a match with Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship the following week, which Jeff Hardy lost.

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At the Lockdown episode of Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy suffered a minor concussion which was set as a storyline injury when he fell on the door of the cage; James Storm hit Jeff Hardy off the door onto the steel steps below with a cowbell.

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On May 8,2015, the Hardys were forced to vacate the TNA World Tag Team Championship due to Jeff suffering a broken leg in a legitimate dirt bike accident.

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At the event, Jeff Hardy turned on Carter by hitting him with a steel chair with Matt hitting the Twist of Fate, thus giving Matt his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

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Jeff Hardy made an appearance on January 5,2016 episode of Impact Wrestling on its live Pop TV debut backstage and ringside to support his brother Matt in the semi-finals and finals of the TNA World Title Series, which Matt had later lost.

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Also, Matt would force Jeff Hardy to stop using his high-flying moves in order to stop him from being a "spot monkey".

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Jeff Hardy called out Lashley for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but he was unsuccessful in his attempt at winning it.

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On March 4,2017, Jeff Hardy returned to Ring of Honor at Manhattan Mayhem VI where he teamed with his brother and they defeated The Young Bucks for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.

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At the WrestleMania 33 pay-per-view on April 2,2017, Jeff Hardy made his surprise return to WWE, along with his brother Matt Jeff Hardy, being added as last-minute participants in the ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championship, defeating Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus, and Enzo Amore and Big Cass to win the Raw Tag Team Championship.

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At Payback, The Jeff Hardy Boyz retained their championships against Cesaro and Sheamus, who attacked them after the match.

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Subsequently, at Extreme Rules, The Jeff Hardy Boyz lost the titles against Cesaro and Sheamus in a steel cage match, and failed to regain it back the following month at the Great Balls of Fire event.

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On January 22,2018, Jeff Hardy made a special appearance on the 25th-anniversary episode of Raw in a poker segment involving The APA, Ted DiBiase, and many other wrestlers.

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Later that night, Jeff Hardy teaming up with Balor and Rollins to defeat Miz and Miztourage.

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The following week on Raw, Jeff Hardy defeated Jinder Mahal to win the United States Championship, making him the second person to complete the modern Grand Slam, after completing the original format separately.

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The next day, Jeff Hardy was traded to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up, and took the title with him.

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Later on that day, Jeff Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin in his first match on the SmackDown brand since 2009.

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Two days later on the May 8 episode of SmackDown Live, Jeff Hardy lost to The Miz in a qualifying match for the 2018 pay-per-view Money in the Bank ladder match.

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At Extreme Rules, Jeff Hardy lost the title to Shinsuke Nakamura, after a pre-match low blow by Nakamura, ending his reign at 90 days.

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Two days later on SmackDown Live, Jeff Hardy had a rematch with Nakamura, winning by disqualification after Orton attacked Jeff Hardy.

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Jeff Hardy received another rematch at SummerSlam, but was again defeated by Nakamura.

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The following week, Jeff Hardy challenged Orton to a Hell in a Cell match at the namesake pay-per-view, which Orton accepted.

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At the event, Jeff Hardy lost to The Miz in the first round of the tournament.

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However, the following week, Jeff Hardy defeated Andrade "Cien" Almas to earn a spot on Team SmackDown, after team member Daniel Bryan was removed from the match.

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At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 27,2019, Jeff Hardy participated in the Royal Rumble match, but was unsuccessful.

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At Elimination Chamber, Jeff Hardy failed to capture the WWE Championship in an Elimination Chamber match, after being eliminated by Daniel Bryan.

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Two days later on SmackDown Live, The Jeff Hardy Boyz defeated The Usos to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, their ninth tag team championship together in WWE.

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The following week on SmackDown, Jeff Hardy was "arrested" after crashing his car into Elias, however later in the episode, Jeff Hardy would cause a distraction for Sheamus, costing him a match against Daniel Bryan, and attacked Sheamus after the match.

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At Clash of Champions, Jeff Hardy lost the title to Sami Zayn in a triple threat ladder match, which included AJ Styles.

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At Hell in a Cell, Jeff Hardy lost to Elias by disqualification after he hit him with a guitar.

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On January 26,2021, at the Royal Rumble, Jeff Hardy entered the Royal Rumble match at number 5, but was eliminated by Dolph Ziggler.

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At Elimination Chamber, Jeff Hardy unsuccessfully challenged for the WWE Championship in a Elimination Chamber match after being eliminated by Drew McIntyre.

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The following Raw, Jeff Hardy challenged Damian Priest for the WWE United States Championship, but lost.

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At the event, Jeff Hardy would fail to win the title as Damian Priest would retain.

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At Survivor Series, Jeff Hardy took part in the 5-on-5 elimination match on Team SmackDown but was lastly eliminated by Seth Rollins.

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Subsequent reports revealed that Jeff Hardy was originally going to be placed in a storyline in NXT 2.

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However, by 2018, Jeff Hardy used the Swanton Bomb less frequently due to his accumulated lower back injuries.

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Jeff Hardy used the move 450 Splash in his early career but stopped after injuring his shoulder, instead using the Swanton Bomb exclusively.

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Jeff Hardy appeared on the February 7,1999 episode of That '70s Show entitled "That Wrestling Show", along with Matt, as an uncredited wrestler.

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In September 2009, Jeff Hardy signed a deal with Fox 21 to appear in a reality television show.

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Jeff Hardy has an eclectic set of interests outside of wrestling which includes songwriting, poetry and creating art.

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Jeff Hardy met his girlfriend Beth Britt in 1999, shortly after the Jeff Hardy Boyz won the WWF Tag Team Championship for the first time.

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Jeff Hardy has a tattoo of roots that starts on his head, behind his ear, and finishes at his hand.

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On September 11,2009, Jeff Hardy was arrested on charges of drug trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, after a search of his house yielded 262 Vicodin prescription pills, 180 Soma prescription pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, a residual amount of powder cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

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On September 8,2011, Jeff Hardy was sentenced to ten days in jail, 30 months of probation, and a fine of $100,000.

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On July 13,2019, Jeff Hardy was arrested in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for public intoxication.

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On June 13,2022, Jeff Hardy was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol officers in Volusia County, Florida on charges of driving with a suspended license, violating restrictions placed on his license which required him to keep an Ignition Interlock Device — a handheld breathalyzer that prevents users from starting their vehicle after drinking alcohol — in his car, and felony DUI.

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