Former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy has seemingly turned down the chance to be inducted in to the company’s Hall Of Fame which would have seen him make a swift return to the company following his release.
It was originally reported by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful that WWE had come to terms with the release of Jeff Hardy back on 9th December. Reports quickly circulated that it came about following an incident at a live event in Edinburg, Texas.
PWInsider followed this up by noting that Hardy did not make an appearance during another live event in Corpus Christi, Texas on 5th December after being sent home by WWE officials.
It was then noted that Jeff Hardy was offered rehabilitation by WWE, which he rejected and led to his termination from the company. This seemingly was offered due to his actions over that time period combined with his history of substance and alcohol abuse.
However, Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has now reported that WWE Head Of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis has been in touch with Hardy to offer him a return to the company. The deal, which was apparently offered a few weeks ago, would have also included an induction to the WWE Hall Of Fame.
The report also claims that the former WWE Champion has rejected the offer, and at the same asked for the result of his drugs test he took before leaving the company which he had been waiting six weeks for. It is believed that Hardy knew he wouldn’t test positive for any recreational substances.
The efforts to get Jeff Hardy to return to the company would be a sign that they know a move to AEW would be likely for him. It would also no doubt see him reunite with brother Matt to reform The Hardy Boys as part of the organisation’s stacked tag division.