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All Elite Wrestling absentee Jeff Hardy may be on the verge of returning.

Dave Meltzer reports in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Jeff is expected to leave rehab soon, then mount an in-ring return. The 45-year-old has been sidelined since 14 June, when, in the wake of his latest arrest for driving under the influence, AEW suspended Hardy pending the completion of a treatment program.

AEW founder and CEO Tony Khan commented in June that treatment was Jeff’s “last chance”, adding that the story needed to “do the right thing” if he wanted to remain with the promotion.

Jeff plead not guilty to what would have been his third DUI offense in ten years following his 13 June arrest. His two blood-alcohol tests registered at 0.294 and 0.291, which is 3.7 times Florida’s legal limit of 0.08. Per the police report, Hardy’s vehicle took time to pull over, as it was swerving across the road, with video footage of the incident showing the arresting officers drawing their weapons on the AEW star. In the same video, Hardy admitted to drinking shots of Fireball before entering his vehicle.

Hardy is next due in court for a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday 19 October. His felony charge, DUI Alcohol/Drugs Third Offense within 10 years, comes with a prison sentence of up to five years if convicted.

Double Or Nothing 2022 hosted Jeff’s last match on 29 May, with him and brother Matt defeating The Young Bucks.

The Hardy Boyz were initially set to become AEW World Tag Team Champions before Jeff Hardy’s recent suspension.

This is according to Bryan Alvarez, who noted that this was very much the intention of All Elite Wrestling management before plans changed upon news of Hardy’s need for a brain scan. Speaking about it on the Brian & Vinny Show, he said;

“The idea was the Hardys were going to win the tag titles in this ladder match, that was the plan for awhile. Apparently, at the pay-per-view when the Hardys and the Bucks had their match, Jeff was not looking good. Apparently, they examined him afterwards and he was all beat up and he didn’t remember the match. Remember when Jeff got pulled over and said he was on his way to a brain scan? He was on his way to a brain scan. So, his idea was to drink whatever he drank and then drive to his brain scan. They had advertised the ladder match. He was never actually going to be in the ladder match. They were going to do the angle where he and Matt were going to be coming out for the ladder match, they were going to be jumped on the ramp and they were going to be carted off and they weren’t actually going to do the match. So, whether he had his DUI or not, Jeff was never going to do that ladder match. It was always going to be Jurassic Express vs. the Young Bucks for the tag team titles with the Young Bucks winning.”

Obviously none of the above eventually went ahead following Hardy’s latest DUI, other than the revised plot to have The Young Bucks win the belts. Jeff has no set return date yet, with AEW confirming that his comeback could only occur following the completion of treatment and maintenance of sobriety.

AEW Dynamite finished up with a wild ‘anything goes’ match between Jeff Hardy and Darby Allin to advance to the semifinals in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.

Recently signed AEW star Jeff Hardy ended up victorious over former TNT Champion Darby Allin when all was said and done. Hardy and Darby didn’t disappoint when delivering several high-flying spots throughout the match, but it was a quick crucifix pin that got Jeff Hardy the victory tonight.

Earlier tonight, Darby delivered a promo where he said how fans didn’t want anything more than a wild, daredevil match between the two men, so he asked that Tony Khan make it ‘anything goes’. It was revealed later in the program that was approved by Tony and the two men had no restrictions in the bout.

With his victory, Jeff Hardy will move on to the semifinal round and face the leader of the Undisputed Elite, Adam Cole. Other matches on the men’s side of the tournament that we will see include Rey Fenix vs. Kyle O’Reilly and Samoa Joe vs. ‘The Joker’, a surprise entrant revealed at the time of the match.

The tournament finals will be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29 in Las Vegas, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

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This week’s episode of AEW Dynamite kicked off with another qualifying match for the men’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Jeff Hardy and Bobby Fish, two wrestlers who are well known for their tag team skills, went one-on-one to determine the next entrant chasing after The Owen Cup.

Several big spots took place during the bout, including a falcon arrow off the top rope from Bobby Fish to Jeff Hardy. However, that wasn’t enough to keep “The Charismatic Enigma” down. When the dust settled, Jeff Hardy ended up defeating Bobby Fish with his signature Swanton bomb from the top rope.

There are now six confirmed entrants for the men’s tournament. Jeff Hardy joins Darby Allin, ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and ROH World Tag Team & AAA Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood as official entrants in the quarterfinal round.

The six confirmed entrants for The Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament as of this writing are Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, Hikaru Shida, Red Velvet, Ruby Soho, and Britt Baker. The winner of Riho vs. Sakazaki on this Friday’s Rampage will determine the seventh competitor in the quarterfinals.

The 8-man and 8-woman tournaments are scheduled to kick off on May 11 at the AEW Dynamite from the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The finals will then be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

Another men’s qualifying match to earn an entry into the tournament takes place tonight between Rey Fenix and Dante Martin.

During Sunday’s AEW Dark Tapings, Tony Schiavone announced a new Men’s Owen Hart Tournament Qualifying Match.

The announced match is Rey Fenix vs. Dante Martin. Fenix made his AEW return last week on Dynamite.

The 8-man and 8-woman tournaments are scheduled to kick off on May 11 at the AEW Dynamite from the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The finals will then be held at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

The next men’s qualifier match, Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Fish, will take place this Wednesday on Dynamite.

Saturday’s Dark tapings took place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

AEW star Jeff Hardy knows this is the last run the Hardy Boyz will have, and not just because they’ve said it multiple times. At the Ad Free Supershow Media Scrum, Jeff Hardy talked about how the age of both him and his brother Matt Hardy, as well as AEW being the ideal spot, makes it a fitting place for the Hardy’s to wind down their career.

“Our last run,” Hardy said. “We’re getting older, you know? I’m 44, Matt’s 45, 46, 47. So I mean, it’s our last run. It’s gonna be special and I think AEW is the place we can actually do that open-minded. Like, it’s free. So it feels so good. I’m right exactly where I’m supposed to be.”

There’s recently been talk about Jeff Hardy’s use of the Swanton Bomb, which has appeared to be a painful move for Hardy to perform and his opponent to take. Hardy confirmed that was in fact the case.

“Yeah, it hurts. It hurts,” Hardy said. “It hurts the guy. It’s no longer the Swanton Bomb, it’s the Crouton Bomb. The other night with Marc Quen, I just crushed him. It was terrible. It used to be, but actually we had an indie show with nZo and Cass and I really took care of him, man. So I rolled right off him. It’s one of those things, man. As you get older, you kind of like, lose control on certain things.”

Jeff Hardy has revealed that he “almost felt offended” by WWE’s Hall Of Fame 2022 offer before leaving the promotion and turning up in AEW.

The ex-WWE man told his brother Matt’s new podcast that there was just no way he was accepting the pitch or going into the Hall Of Fame this year. In fact, as he explained on the pod, WWE’s offer felt “completely wrong” and like it came at the wrong time.

Going further, Jeff admitted that HOF induction has “never really meant that much to me”. That’s also why he decided to give the company “a hard no” when they asked if he’d fancy going in. The 44 year old still believes that he has a lot to offer as an in-ring talent, and he’s not ready to start thinking about hanging up the boots quite yet.

That’s what Hall Of Fame induction would’ve meant to Hardy.

Jeff figures that WWE would’ve placed him on one of their legends deals if he did agree to be honoured, and he didn’t want that. He’s happy to be back by his sibling’s side in All Elite.

Reacting to a photo of Jeff Hardy’s AEW debut on last night’s Dynamite, Matt Hardy has emphasized that the Hardy Boyz “need each other more than people understand.”

Hardy reacted to a photo of the brothers embracing for a hug.

The emotion is real. We need each other more than people understand. #AEWDynamite

Hardy has stated several times recently that The Hardy Boyz plan to have one last run as a tag team.

“Jeff and I both made that deal to each other: we want to end our careers the way we began our careers,” Hardy told Bleacher Report last month. “We’re getting the opportunity to do that now as all of the planets have aligned. I’m really excited for how 2022 is going to turn out for the Hardys. It’s going to be a great, great year and we’re very much excited to be teaming again and having some first-time matches, which is going to be rare.

“We’ve gone long enough without teaming that there’s all these fresh matchups out there and there’s so many great tag teams in the world,” he continued. “The AEW tag team division is jam-packed and overflowing. If we end up doing something at AEW, I think that’d be very cool, too.”

The Hardyz haven’t tagged together since the April 19, 2019 episode of SmackDown, where they would beat The Usos for SmackDown Tag Team Championship. They were forced to vacate the titles after Jeff Hardy suffered a knee injury. As noted earlier, the brothers have been announced for several upcoming indie shows.

Jeff Hardy’s 90-day non-compete following his WWE release expires today, theoretically freeing him up to debut for AEW on tonight’s episode of Dynamite.

The 44-year-old’s WWE departure was confirmed on 9 December 2021. Now, he is freed up and ready to sign and appear for other promotions, having let slip that he was joining AEW a couple of weeks ago.

Strengthening the theory that Jeff might be on tonight’s Dynamite is a Fightful Select report from last weekend stating that whether or not he’d be making a televised appearance was unclear, the younger Hardy brother was scheduled to be at the show in Fort Myers, Florida.

The same outlet has reported that Matt Hardy’s recent onscreen actions (including walking out on stablemate Isiah Kassidy’s 9 February match with Keith Lee) were leading to an eventual storyline. Now, the elder sibling is using Twitter to tease a potential face turn commencing on tonight’s show.

That the Hardy Boyz will soon reunite in AEW feels like an inevitability at this stage. In fairness, this has been the case for a while – the only question is when Tony Khan pulls the trigger.

Ever since Jeff Hardy was released from WWE in early December, fans have been counting the days until he would debut in AEW. It looks like those days are now numbered in the single digits.

Fightful Select reports that the younger Hardy brother will be at Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite, though it’s not clear whether he will appear on the show or just be present backstage. Hardy himself initially confirmed, then backtracked on the signing last week. Regardless, the report states that the working plan has been to bring Jeff in shortly after his WWE no-compete expired, provided there were no substance issues.

Hardy was released from WWE in December after he walked out on a house show tag match, leading to some to speculate that he was under the influence. The Hardy family claimed, and Fightful’s sources backed up, that Jeff passed both a breathalyzer and a drug test. Before the drug test results came in, WWE offered him rehab, but he declined, leading to his release.

Since then, the company has tried to lure Hardy back, even dangling a Hall of Fame induction, to no avail. Fightful indicated that multiple WWE superstars insisted that Jeff wasn’t on any substance during the match that led to his release and “just had an ‘off night.’ ” One source suggested that WWE “jumped the gun” in releasing the Charismatic Enigma.

The report also notes that the recent on-air situation involving brother Matt Hardy leaving Private Party during their 9 February Dynamite match was “a direct response” to how Jeff’s final WWE match went and was designed to start the fracture of the AHFO. Given that Matt is teaming with Isiah Kassidy and Andrade El Idolo at Revolution, it’s entirely possible we see this angle furthered at the PPV, leading into Dynamite.