Jeff Hardy spoke with SI.com about TNA, Shane McMahon and his career. Here are some highlights.
Hardy on planning a WrestleMania performance for Slammiversary: “This Sunday at Slammiversary, you’re going to see me put in a WrestleMania performance. So what if it’s in front of 2,500 people instead of 100,000? I don’t care. It’s all about the moment. That camera is going to be on, and it’s going to become a professional wrestling memory. That’s really important to me–creating moments that last forever.”
On being near the end of his career: “I know I’m getting close to the end. I can feel my body telling me something. I don’t know how much longer I’ve got, and naturally I would love to end with a WrestleMania and I would love to have a Hell in a Cell. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’ve always wanted to headline ‘Mania.”
His epiphany watching Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32: “Watching Shane, I knew I could top that. Every time I watched Shane, I was inspired to do something better.”
On his feud with Matt Hardy: “As far as storytelling and psychology, I think I’m at my best. Matt’s older (41), and he’s better than he’s ever been. It’s just like writing a good song–you’ve got to tell a good story in a match. Brother feuds are cool. Matt and I grew up watching Owen Hart wrestle Bret Hart at WrestleMania, and we wanted to do that–and we got to wrestle at WrestleMania. In real life, Matt is more arrogant and I’m more modest, and that’s what makes us a good team.”
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