As previously stated, WWE terminated Hardy in early December after he apparently declined the company’s offer of rehab. This followed an incident at a WWE live event in Edinburg, Texas on December 4, in which Hardy got lethargic during the six-man main match, tagged out, and disappeared through the crowd with security behind him. After that incident, he was hauled off the road and then released. Matt Hardy later indicated that he did not believe Jeff required treatment at the time and that he was in a good position in his life.
According to the Wrestling Observer, WWE Talent Relations president John Laurinaitis called Hardy a few weeks ago to discuss the possibility of bringing him back and promised him a spot in the 2022 Hall of Fame Class.
Hardy is said to have declined the offer and instead requested his drug test results from when he was released in December, knowing he wouldn’t test positive for any recreational drugs. The results took Hardy and his wife Beth six weeks to receive.
There’s a good chance Hardy is one of the guys WWE doesn’t want in AEW since the Hardy Boyz tag team will be revived with so many teams to work with in AEW. Jeff and Matt have begun accepting indie and signing engagements as a duo.
Hardy is under contract with WWE until March 9th, when his non-compete clause expires, so AEW can’t make him a formal offer until then, but the expectation is that unless he returns to WWE, which doesn’t appear to be the case, he’ll wind up in AEW.