In a frustrating and concerning bit of news, AEW star Jeff Hardy was arrested Sunday night or early Monday morning for driving while intoxicated. This comes just days before he was set to compete in a Triple Threat Ladder Match on Dynamite with The Young Bucks and Jurassic Express and continues the long upsetting saga that is Hardy’s battle with addiction.
Hardy’s previous issues with alcohol or drug-related arrests are well documented. In March 2018, he was arrested for driving while impaired in Concord, North Carolina, He was arrested again in July 2019, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for public intoxication. In October 2019, he was arrested in Moore County, North Carolina for driving while impaired. For these latest charges — license charges are second-degree misdemeanors and the DUI is a third-degree felony — he is slated to appear in front of a judge for his first hearing on June 14 at 1:30 pm.
At this point, some fans are saying he should be done getting chances, but most fans are simply concerned for Jeff’s well-being. That he’s continued to struggle is not a good sign and some are looking back at WWE’s offer to get him into rehab as something he potentially should have accepted instead of leaving and having his WWE contract terminated.
This is clearly becoming an issue for Jeff and one that perhaps requires immediate intervention. He seems unable to overcome these alcohol issues and his health is far more important than a single wrestling match or his run in AEW. WWE seemed to recognize he needed help and gave him an ultimatum. Perhaps AEW will do the same if they recognize this is an issue that needs addressing immediately.
We might not be seeing Jeff in AEW for a while.
The details of the arrest, and what comes next for Hardy, remain unclear. A three-way tag team ladder match in which both Hardy Boyz were supposed to compete was slated to take place on Dynamite this week. That match has been removed from AEW’s social media ads, and apparently the promotion has now asked WarnerMedia to remove Hardy from all AEW advertising.
Although there has been no official statement from AEW on the Hardy situation just yet, The Wrestling Observer reports it has asked WarnerMedia to stop advertising the veteran effective immediately. While that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a ladder match on Dynamite this week, it almost definitely means Hardy will not be a part of it.
AEW isn’t the only promotion that will be sweating the status of Hardy right now. He and his brother Matt are also supposed to be competing in a big time match at Triplemania for AAA this weekend. Another match that seems likely to be altered ahead of the weekend with FTR prime candidates to step in. They’re the AAA Tag Team Champions after all.
The news that Hardy has once again been arrested for driving while under the influence has sparked a number of conversations since it broke. Some have questioned whether this has been going on for months and WWE was in the right to try and get Hardy to agree to rehab. The vast majority of fans are just hopeful this latest incident will finally be the last, as sooner or later, Hardy is going to seriously hurt himself or, even worse, someone else.
Lets all pray that Jeff finally accepts and gets the help he really needs.