Jeff Hardy: "Lately, My Lower Back Has Really Been Bothering Me To The Point Where I Haven’t Been Doing The Swanton As Much"

Jeff Hardy discusses a number of topics.

This Sunday at WWE's 'Extreme Rules' PPV Jeff Hardy will be defending his WWE United States Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura. One day before that Hardy will be competing at WWE's live event in Canton, OH with the rest of the SmackDown roster. Ahead of Hardy's back-to-back nights he spoke with 'CantonRep' and went over a plethora of topics including going over how he and his brother Matt broke into the business with the guidance and help of Jim Cornette, Jim Ross and Michael Hayes.

“Yeah, through Jim Cornette I remember going to Smoky Mountain Wrestling years ago, and it was our first opportunity to be on TV somewhere at the time. We thought it was great. He was a big help. Later, Jim Ross was a mentor, and finally Michael Hayes became our biggest influence." Hardy said. "He taught us so well as far as understanding the business more. We needed to at that time. So many people helped us along the way, and we’re really grateful.”

It has been documented that Jeff has been dealing with a lower back stinger of sorts. During his matches on SmackDown Live he can be seen moving gingerly around the ring. Hardy shared that his lower back has been bothering him and he even avoids doing the "Swanton Bomb" at WWE live events at times to protect his back.

"Your guess is as good as mine," when speaking of how he has been able to take high-risks for so long. "I think it has to do with hope, faith and a lot of luck. Matt always says, ‘It’s just incredible. You’re one of these guys that do this insane stuff, and here you are 40 years into your life still giving them a little bit of that.’ The toll has been rough at times. Lately, my lower back has really been bothering me to the point where I haven’t been doing the Swanton as much in the live events just to protect it. I think looking forward I’m gonna have to be more like that, because nothing lasts forever. I’ve been real lucky, and naturally on TV I always want to go all out, but in the live events, I might have to hold back a little." Jeff shared. "I’m glad my face paint has come back, that’s always fun for people to see, because it’s original and unique each and every night and I love doing that. Growing up I was a huge fan of Ultimate Warrior and Sting, and I wanted to be a little bit of both of them.”

Last night, our very own Sean Ross Sapp and Alex Pawlowksi reviewed last night's edition of SmackDown Live which Jeff Hardy was in action on. To hear their thoughts on the show as a whole, head over to the "podcasts" section of the site.

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