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WWE SmackDown: Jeff Hardy Injured, Tag Team Championships Relinquished

Jeff Hardy reveals that he's injured after an attack by Lars Sullivan, leading the Hardy Boyz to relinquish WWE's SmackDown Tag Team Championships. One of the most decorated tag teams in the history of professional wrestling - and no slouch in the singles department either - Matt and Jeff Hardy will no doubt one day be inducted into WWE's Hall of Fame. The Hardy Boyz first rose to prominence in the early 2000s as part of a three-way feud with Edge and Christian and The Dudley Boyz that saw the invention of the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.

Both Matt and Jeff also count multiple individual titles reigns to their credit as well, although Jeff has always been the bigger star on his own. Jeff is a former three-time world heavyweight champion in WWE, and also held TNA's world title three times. Matt has never held a world title in WWE, but did pick up a few in TNA. The Hardy Boyz returned to WWE as a tag team in 2017, and despite a few periods of singles activity, recently united to win the Smackdown tag team titles from The Usos shortly after WrestleMania XXXV.

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Unfortunately, the Hardy Boyz' return to the tag team ranks has been cut short, thanks to an injury suffered by Jeff. On Tuesday's episode of SmackDown, Jeff revealed that he was hurt, purportedly during an attack by Lars Sullivan that took place a few weeks back. He said he'll be out of action for a long time, but didn't provide a timetable for his return, or detail the nature of his injury. Sullivan then came out to attack the Hardy Boyz again, taking out Matt before R-Truth jumped in to protect Jeff, who was on crutches. Truth was then destroyed by Sullivan.

This was the Hardy Boyz' sixth reign as some variation of tag team champions in WWE, although they also won the TNA tag team championships twice, and the ROH tag team championships once, for a title of nine career title reigns as a team. Sadly, they never even got to defend the SmackDown Tag Team Championships before having to give them up. Reports of Jeff inuring his leg first surfaced online last week, although the onscreen explanation doesn't really line up with that, as Sullivan's attack targeted the back. That's likely why Jeff didn't go into details about his actual injury on SmackDown.

It's unclear what this means for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. Perhaps a match for the vacant titles will be booked for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, or a tournament will be held on TV. It's also unclear what this means for Matt. He could return to the singles ranks, although there's no obvious spot for him there right now, other than being used as a stepping stone for Sullivan. Perhaps Matt will be given an offscreen role in WWE until Jeff comes back. With both Hardy brothers now in their 40s, one wonders how many more times they'll fight to return from an injury before retiring completely.

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