Over the past couple of months, WWE has turned Jeff Hardy's past issues with addiction into a storyline to progress his feud with Sheamus. Hardy's struggles with addiction and legal troubles are no secret and have been mentioned on television in the past, but not to this extent.
Many fans have been turned off by the storyline, feeling it crosses the line between reality and television. Former WWE producer and a close friend to Jeff, Shane Helms, is among those who isn't getting much from the storyline.
"I'm not a fan of it, I mean, I don't think if you can really hurt Jeff at this point. Jeff is kind of untouchable. Jeff is always going to be Jeff Hardy, and I think fans are always going to love him. The storyline doesn't really do a lot for me though I don't think it's going to bring in any new fans. If you don't know about Jeff and any of the problems Jeff has had in the past, like if you were a new fan and you don't know about it, a storyline like this kind of shines the flashlight on it and I don't really see the purpose of that. So, not crazy about it, but I love Jeff Hardy, so I got to support him," Helms told Sportskeeda.
Matt Hardy recently spoke out against the storyline, saying it was an unneeded pressure in Jeff's life.
Jeff's legal battle isn't over as he is due in court on September 28 to address his October 2019 arrest for Driving While Impaired. His court date has been pushed back multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.