As seen during the 2023 AEW Double or Nothing PPV event, Jeff Hardy slipped off the top rope while going for a Whisper in the Wind and some fans thought Jeff botched the move. During his podcast, Matt Hardy talked about the match which was his brother Jeff’s first one in a year…
“Jeff was very nervous. All throughout the day, he said, ‘I just can’t wait. I can’t wait until we get this shit over with.’ He was ready to get through that match. He just wanted to get it done. It’s so funny because Jeff said I know people are going to have low expectations for me, they think I’m not going to be good, they think I’m not going to be crisp. He was in great shape, cardio-wise, everything else, he was in great ring shape as far as that goes. So it was Jeff’s decision, we programmed once specific spot where it looked like he made an error, which he didn’t make an error, and it was specifically just to stop him after he made this big, beautiful comeback.
— 複|•𝕛𝕦𝕤𝕥._.𝕨𝕠𝕝𝕗𝕪ツ (@wayofwolfy) May 29, 2023
The amount of people that it’s still so easy to get in pro wrestling, it never ceases to amaze me, especially when something is done intentionally. Sometimes there’s things done intentionally for the help of telling a certain story.” (quote courtesy of Colin Tessier)