WWE legend Jeff Hardy opens up on SmackDown storyline covering his real life drug and alcohol addictions

WWE legend Jeff Hardy has opened up for the first time on his controversial recent storyline covering his real-life drug and alcohol addictions.

The 42-year-old recently returned to Vince McMahon’s company following a number of issues away from the ring.

Ahead of his comeback he bared all in a number of interviews discussing his addiction to painkillers on SmackDown.

Those segments with the former world champion, who was pulled over in October and arrested for driving under the influence, irked Sheamus as the two became involved in a fierce rivalry.

The Irishman continuously mocked Hardy’s drink and drug issues and labelled him a “junkie”.

Sheamus also tried to frame Hardy for drink driving on SmackDown before the pair settled their differences in a Bar Fight after a infamous urine throwing incident.

Hardy triumphed and has now gone on to win the Intercontinental Title from AJ Styles, but in an interview with the Daily Star, he admitted he found the recent addiction promos “heavy”.

Hardy said: “The stuff with Sheamus that’s happened most recently, I knew there was a great outcome in it.

“I knew that bar fight was going to be cinematic and good. All the stuff building up to that match, I just knew the outcome was going to be fantastic.

“And it’s good to face challenges like that because there’s so much negativity in the world.

“I’m not a social media guy at all, I don’t read comments or the negativity of people who thought it was wrong or that [WWE] were treating me [badly], I don’t read any of that.” 

Hardy continued: “There was some heavy stuff there in the beginning, especially with the wreck scenario. It was just very heavy stuff.

“I’m always interested as everybody is different in so far as how the viewer feels watching at home, especially hardcore fans of mine.”

He added: “Even thinking back to the stuff with CM Punk when I was failing drugs tests, they turned it into a storyline and that’s what I mean when I talk about roller-coasters of good and bad.

“Throughout all of that, so long as I can continue to do good, especially with this, my last chance to get it right, it is going to inspire people around the world that I’ll never meet, that need to stay sober to survive.

“Hopefully I’m doing that through the television screen and helping people I’ll never know.”

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