For 16 years in WWE, Jeff Hardy has been known as a death-defying high flyer renowned for keeping an audience on the edge of their seats, and feeding off their energy.
For a man synonymous with some of the biggest ‘pops’ in history the current restrictions around fans in arenas due to the Covid-19 pandemic these are peculiar times.
“It is very different,” he explains. “There is no natural adrenaline rush because the people provide you with that. It has been my thing through my whole career having a great connection with the WWE Universe. They provide me with the energy and adrenaline to do some nutty stuff and without that it is different, but that’s the way it is with what’s going on in the world.
“I was supposed to return from my knee surgery in Detroit in front of 20,000 people, but that ended up being the first show we did in the Performance Centre in front of no crowd. It was the first time for me working with King Corbin and it was very bizarre – almost dream-like.”
While on the subject of the crowd, Hardy talked Sport360 through the biggest pops has had experienced during his time in the ring.
“My first real experience of that was the tag-team ladder match with Edge and Christian. We had a seesaw spot with the two ladders and I just remember being so excited to pull that off. I remember jumping off the top rope and my butt hit that ladder and it seesawed and hit my brother and Christian if felt like it wouldn’t get any better than that. All those people just reacted to this one idea I had in my mind and was able to pull it off.
“Naturally, the 33-foot Swantom I did to Randy