In a recent discussion with talk about sport, ‘The Charismatic Enigma’ Jeff Hardy looked back on one of his defining matches for his career as a singles competitor – his WWE Championship ladder match against The Undertaker on July 1, 2002 in the episode of BELIEVED.
“It was weird because the ladders were like, my thing back then, my big thing from other TLC games and so on,” Hardy explained. “So for ‘Taker, doing that for me was just huge for me in general, especially for my solo career without Matt. It has done wonders for me.
Although he did not win the WWE Championship on this occasion, the match established Jeff Hardy as a singles contender so that one day he won that title. For whatever ‘Taker threw at the rising player, Hardy kept fighting until the very end.
“Just preparing spots with the Undertaker… One of my fondest memories was riding his Harley. [Davidson] over there and pretending I was doing a nac nac on a dirt bike. And it pissed him off and he came after me, ”recalls Jeff with a laugh.
“The whole story of the underdog versus man and legend, but he couldn’t keep the underdog down no matter what he did to me. And then the nod of respect at the end, and I collapse as RAW comes off the air with me looking at my hand like ‘did this really just happen?’ It was a miracle.
The high-flying daredevil remembers the audience and the people behind the scenes being happy with the match he hosted with The Undertaker.
“Yes, everyone was very happy. I don’t know if we got the standing ovation, I think we maybe got it, but everyone was very happy with the game and it was well deserved.
At last sunday’s WWE Survivor Series, Jeff Hardy was the last survivor of the Smack down 5-man team, but he ultimately lost to BELIEVEDby Seth Rollins.