WWE Superstar Jeff Hardy is inching closer to his eventual return to the ring.
Hardy has been on the shelf since he underwent surgery for a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff in September. He sustained an injury during a six-way match on Monday Night Raw.
Last week, Hardy posted an update on social media, indicating he completed his last round of scheduled physical therapy and rendered his shoulder is no longer “Obsolete!”
— #BrotherNero DELETED (@JEFFHARDYBRAND) March 14, 2018
While Hardy may be able to return to the ring in a physical capacity, there may be factors that could hinder his return or even prevent it.
PWInsider states that Hardy is supposed to appear in Cabarrus County Court on April 16. This is regarding his arrest in Concord, North Carolina on March 10 for driving under the influence. He crashed his car into a guard rail on the Concord Parkway, causing $8,000 in damages to his vehicle and $5,000 to the guard rail.
WWE issued a statement after Hardy’s arrest:
“Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions. We are investigating the matter and awaiting information from local law enforcement officials.”
This isn’t the first time Hardy has faced legal trouble In 2009, Hardy was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids. He served 10 days in jail in 2011 after he plead guilty to the charges.
Hardy’s legal troubles and injury raised questions of whether or not he would appear in the upcoming “Ultimate Deletion,” which is the latest chapter in the feud between his brother Matt Hardy – under his Woken persona – and the Eater of Worlds Bray Wyatt.
Hardy returned to WWE with his brother at Wrestlemania 33, with the two of them winning the Raw Tag Team Championship in a four-team ladder match that included Sheamus and Cesaro, Enzo and Cass and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The Hardys went on to have several matches with The Bar. In August he unsuccessfully challenged The Miz to the Intercontinental Championship.
There is no update as to weather or not Hardy will be competing at Wrestlemania this year, though it seems unlikely given The Bar will put up their Raw Tag Team titles against Braun Strowman in what is likely a handicap match.
If Hardy returns, there’s speculation he will be factored into his brother’s Woken/Broken Universe revising the Brother Nero character. However, there is a chance he could be given a singles run, which is something WWE has wanted to do for some time.
He is popular among the WWE Universe and fans want to see him have another singles push. If WWE moved him to Smackdown Live, he could have some good matches against the likes of A.J. Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn.
This will stem from the results in his pending court case. Since he is training at the Performance Center, it’s a good indication that he is set on making a return to the ring.
NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom
NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.
Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.
“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”
Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.
Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade
WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .
“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.
“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.
“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT
WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.
Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.
Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.
Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.
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