A new report has suggested that Jeff Hardy was heading for a run in NXT before being released by WWE in December 2020.
The whirlwind surrounding Jeff Hardy began on December 5th when it was reported by PWInsider that he had been sent home following an appearance at a live event the night before.
Jeff Hardy headlined the Saturday night event in Edinburg, Texas, teaming up with King Woods and Drew McIntyre in a six-man tag team bout against The Bloodline. During the match, Hardy disappeared into the crowd and didn’t return.
After the incident Matt Hardy had said that his brother Jeff was “fine.” Despite this, only days after being sent home, Jeff Hardy has been released by WWE. In addition it was reported that the company offered Hardy “help and rehab” but he declined.
Following the news that Hardy had been released it was later reported that the star had been acting erratically at the aforementioned live event in Edinburg, Texas. Furthermore, it was noted that it was pretty clear that it was a “dangerous situation.”
Less than a month after his departure, it has now been suggested that Hardy was set for a run on NXT. Fightful Select note that Hardy was set to feature in a lot of the plans for WWE into January, as well as dipping his toes into NXT. The report adds that Hardy’s departure left the company “scrambling” as he was originally planned to be “The Shaman” with MSK. A role which was later filled by Riddle.
There were reportedly “numerous segments” featuring Hardy as The Shaman left on the cutting room floor.
At NXT: New Year’s Evil Riddle will team with MSK to take on Imperium and WALTER. It is unclear as to whether Hardy was originally intended to be involved in that match.