Born on August 31, 1977 as Jeffrey Nero Hardy, the famed wrestler Jeff Hardy was born to play extreme sports. At age 12, Jeff developed an interest in motocross and started to race when he was in the 9th grade, but had to stop after injuring his arm during a race. He was very active in sports, playing baseball, football and amateur wrestling in high school. However, when he was asked to choose between playing sports and professional wrestling, Jeff Hardy knew he was a natural born wrestler and chose to become one.
Wrestling fans are well aware of Jeff Hardy’s achievements, but not everyone knows that this American professional wrestler started his career by forming his own wrestling promotion with his brother Matt Hardy and their friends, calling it TWF – the Trampoline Wrestling Federation. Hardy soon collaborated with Thomas Simpson to form another wrestling federation called the OMEGA, short for Organization of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts and a more successful version of the TWF featuring talents like Gregory Helms, Shannon Moore, Joey Matthews and the Hardy brothers to name a few. However, the promotion ended and gave a new beginning to the brothers when they were signed by the big boys, the World Wrestling Federation in 1998.
From 1998 to 2002, the Hardy brothers became known as “The Hardy Boyz” and often competed against Edge and Christian as well as the Dudley Boys. Although the duo didn’t quite become successful yet, Jeff Hardy became known as one of the most reckless and unorthodox wrestlers in the WWF with his high-risk stunts throughout the TLC matches in 2000 to 2002; the fans loved him for his famous finishing moves like the 'Twist of Fate', '450-degree Splash' and 'Swanton Bomb'.