TNA's Jeff Hardy: Returning from the Darkness, Shadows and Suffering of Hell

Joe Burgett Senior Writer IIISeptember 3, 2011

I've made my mistakes
I've seen my heart cave in
I got my scars
I've been to hell and back again.


Words from the newest song, "Dark Horses," by Switchfoot ring true when it comes to TNA's Jeff Hardy. The man has truly been to hell and back on so many occasions. It seems every time he gets out, he falls back in. And sometimes it's worse than the previous time he's there.

This time around, many feel that Hardy really could be cleaned up. However, everyone thought that the last time as well, only for him to let us, his fans, down. One of the darkest days in not just his own life but in TNA Wrestling as a whole was at TNA Victory Road months back.

Jeff Hardy showed up a bit out of it, but no one thought anything of it. Reports say that Hardy had been this way previously on a number of occasions. Hardy was supposed to face Sting for the World Title when he could not be found. Employees and wrestlers alike looked for him and he was found in the bathroom completely out of it.

Reports say that Hardy was both high and intoxicated and in no way was he able to compete. This is when Eric Bischoff and the TNA staff made the decision to end the match early, which was why we saw Jeff get pinned in a very quick way. Hardy is one of the most popular wrestlers who has ever lived. There is no denying the fact that he can make money for any promotion that has him.

But when you bring in Jeff Hardy, you bring in his demons as well. The issue has always been that the man refuses rehab and will never take help, even when it's needed not just for the company to save face, but because his life depends on it.

Most journalists I have spoken with claim that if they heard that Jeff Hardy passed away from anything to do with drugs or alcohol, they would not be the least bit surprised. Some may be saddened, but never once would there be much surprise.

Jeff needed to get clean, but has he?

Born for the blue skies
We’ll survive the rain
Born for the sunrise
We’ll survive the pain.
We’re singing…
Hey, you can’t count us out?
We’ve been running up against the crowd
Yeah, we are the dark horses
We’re singing…
Wait! It’s not over now
We’ve been down but we’ve never been out
Yeah, we are the dark horses.


The darkness Hardy is in has been seen as too dark to light. It's as if Hardy is in a cave, lost. He has no clue how to get out, but he is walking anyway. He is finding a way. And whenever he sees even a small trace of light, he is taking that path. He is running like he never has before, and never stopping.

He wants to hear the cheers to get him going, "Hardy, Hardy, Hardy." But are fans still going to cheer a man who has let them down so many times. He wants them to, and they would like to as well. But is that what they will do? Many will, in my opinion. Why? Because you can never count Jeff Hardy out.

He is a man who will work toward something and even after he continues to fail, he still keeps going. Hardy is saying, it's not over, he's been down, but that doesn't matter. Jeff Hardy is back.


We found the way out
The city takes everything it can
But outside the crowds
I can feel my lungs again.


He's running, never stopping until he sees the light. But will that same light be the one that he once saw before? He went into the darkness seeing one thing, hearing one thing, smelling one thing. Is that the same thing? He can finally breath again, but is he inhaling the rich oxygen of freedom, or something else? 


Born for the blue skies
We’ll survive the rain
Born for the sunrise
We’ll survive the pain.


He's born to keep moving, born to do greatness. Through pain, trial and error, embarrassment and suffering he has kept moving forward. The simple things he once took for granted are the same things he now wishes he could have back more than anything else. 


Keep running for the dark horses
Hope makes the blood change courses
Keep running for dark horses
Stand up for the dark horses
Keep running for the dark horses
Hope makes the blood change courses.


Maybe instead of always being the people who try to kill, we should be the one's trying to heal. Maybe, when you get close to death, it's the best you've ever lived life. Maybe the sun only rises because God knew darkness could never keep us alive.

Like the horse in the pasture, running to its freedom, Jeff Hardy is doing the same. Maybe he needs to be helped along the way and maybe he'll trip along the way. But will he ultimately go back into the darkness of the cave he once was lost in? Time will tell.

However, hope can help. Faith can help. Belief can help.

Running with this dark horse may be just what he needs.

Instead of assuming Hardy will trip again, we should believe he'll sprint to the end.

You can hear "Dark Horses" on Switchfoot's website HERE, and on their new album Vice Verses, which drops September 27th.


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