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Jeffrey (Jeff) Nero Hardy (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler currently wrestling on the RAW brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he is the reigning Intercontinental Champion. He is also known for his original run in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment with his brother Matt Hardy as the Hardy Boyz from 1998-2002.
Matt and Jeff Hardy had a dream of becoming the best wrestlers since a young age. They watched wrestling often and by the time Jeff was 16, he had been on WWF TV as a jobber. Jeff, along with Matt and friends, started their own federation, the TWF (Trampoline Wrestling Federation) and mimicked the moves they saw on TV. Later on, the federation went under several different names, eventually being integrated into a county fair in North Carolina, USA. Jeff, Matt, and friends then began to work for other independent companies. They drove all over the East Coast of the United States, working for companies such as ACW and other small promotions.
Before arriving in World Wrestling Federation, Matt had formed his own wrestling promotion, OMEGA (Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts) with Thomas Simpson. The promotion was a more successful version of the original TWF and included such talent as Matt, Jeff, Shannon Moore, Gregory Helms, Amy Dumas, Joey Matthews, Caprice Coleman, and many others. In OMEGA, Matt and Jeff each had several different characters. Jeff portrayed such characters as Willow the Wisp, Iceman, Mean Jimmy Jack Tomkins, Wolverine, and The Masked Mountain.
Jeff Hardy/Randy Orton Gold Pendant (Royal Rumble WWE Championship Match)
On August 4, 2006, WWE announced that Hardy had re-signed with the company. In the following weeks, Jeff Hardy vignettes aired hyping his return on the August 21, 2006 episode of RAW. At his return he defeated WWE Champion Edge by disqualification. After failing to capture the Intercontinental Championship from Johnny Nitro over the next few weeks, including at Unforgiven 2006, Hardy finally defeated Nitro to win his second Intercontinental Championship on the October 2, 2006 edition of RAW. On the November 6, 2006 episode of RAW, Hardy lost the Intercontinental Championship back to Johnny Nitro, after Nitro hit him with the Intercontinental Championship title belt. Just a week after he lost the Intercontinental title to Nitro, Hardy regained it on the November 13, 2006 edition of RAW, with a crucifix pin. This marked Hardy's third reign as Intercontinental Champion.
On the November 21, 2006 episode of ECW on Sci Fi Jeff teamed with his brother Matt for the first time in almost five years. They had their old titantron video and music and defeated the Full Blooded Italians. At Survivor Series 2006, these two were in team DX, with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and CM Punk. Team DX were victorious over Team Rated RKO (Edge, Randy Orton, Gregory Helms, Mike Knox, and Johnny Nitro), in a clean sweep of team Rated RKO.