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Eric Bischoff Hopes Jeff Hardy Gets Out Of Wrestling

Eric Bischoff

Former WCW President Eric Bischoff has waded into the situation surrounding Jeff Hardy’s release from WWE and says he hopes the former WWE Champion gets out of the business.

Jeff Hardy has been at the centre of recent controversy himself. News emerged on the 9th of December that Hardy had been released from his WWE contract just days after he was sent home from a live event. Reports then emerged that Hardy had turned down WWE’s offer of going to rehab which led to his release.

Matt Hardy has since spoken publicly about the situation and has told fans that there is no reason to be worried about Jeff and says he supports his brother’s decision this time round not to attend rehab.

One man acutely aware of some of the personal issues and demons Jeff Hardy has faced over the years is Eric Bischoff. Bischoff was at the centre of the notorious bout between Hardy and Sting in TNA at Victory Road 2011. Jeff Hardy was in no condition to compete and Bischoff came to the ring to salvage something from the event which saw Sting drop Hardy with a Scorpion Death Drop and then hooking a deep pinfall to ensure Hardy didn’t kick out.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] Eric Bischoff says he hopes Hardy gets whatever help he needs:

“I hope Jeff gets whatever help he needs, I hope he gets out of wrestling. I don’t want to see him go to AEW, I don’t want to see him go back to WWE. I would hope for Jeff’s sake that Jeff doesn’t want to go to AEW or Jeff doesn’t want to go back to WWE.”

“There’s a time when in order to heal and in order to stay healthy [you have to leave], he’s only 40 something years old, he’s young. He’s still got a whole lifetime ahead of him and there’s a point where you’re struggling and you have these situations that you find yourself in and you’re struggling with the same issue over and over again.”

“You have six months or a year where things are under control and then you fall back into it again, you have to ask yourself is it time to change my world? Is it time to change my environment? Is it time to change what I do for a living? Is it time to change where I put my priorities?”

“Because if putting your priorities and being involved in this industry is not helping your situation and possibly making it more difficult, then it’s time to walk away. He’s still young, I’m sure he’s made a ton of money. Man, there’s a time to walk away and put your health and family first.”

h/t Wrestling Inc.