Jeff Hardy has done it again. The WWE legend had added another championship to his resume, winning the Intercontinental title on Friday Night SmackDown, during the debut of WWE ThunderDome. Hardy was able to beat A.J. Styles for the championship, and it's now the fifth time he was won the belt in his 20-plus year career.
In some ways, Hardy's win was a little surprising since Styles won the title in June. However, the victory for Hardy could be the start of a big final run in WWE before possibly calling it a career. In March, Hardy returned from injury after missing nearly a year of action. Most recently, Hardy was in a feud with Sheamus, who made fun of his real-life alcohol and drug addiction.
"It's definitely a huge motivator, man," Hardy said in his interview on WWE's The Bump in June. "Since my early 20's, I've been in and out of addiction - the roller coaster of good and bad. Sadly, but in a creative sense, it's been a big power for me. Even back in the days of feuding with [CM] Punk, it kind of reminds me of that with Sheamus. It can be extremely uncomfortable at times, but that's when I've got to stay strong on my beliefs, and where I am right now." Here's a look at fans reacting to Hardy winning the Intercontinental Championship.
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AND A NEW IC CHAMPION, JEFF HARDY! #SmackDown
Did they cut him off too early ,🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/EkDnIyVL06— 𝙒𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙖 (@wrestlelamia) August 22, 2020
Jeff Hardy new IC Champion... WE MOVE. pic.twitter.com/xfHWNtGXSL— Jordan ヨルダン (@ViP3rZFC) August 22, 2020
#SmackDown this fall is about to get GOOD, we got Reigns back, potentially more friction being built between Bayley and Sasha, Jeff Hardy as IC Champion, Big E’s lush, and so much more more. I can’t wait!— E.K.O. (@ekowrestling88) August 24, 2020
JEFF HARDY IS IC CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/ri91Pl8bgM— 💙 Connor 🖤 (@FinnsTakeover) August 22, 2020
SO HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT JEFF HARDY AS IC CHAMPION— American Nightmare Noah #RHEC (@Nightmare17789) August 22, 2020
I saw Jeff Hardy as a IC champion when I was a little girl and now my baby can see him as the new champion 💙 pic.twitter.com/SJKznYvE8U— Leslie✨ (@MissGaskarth_) August 22, 2020
JEFF HARDY IS THE NEW IC CHAMPION!! LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 🤩🤩🤩— Shieldgirl0813 (@Ayanna0813) August 22, 2020
JEFF HARDY IS YOUR NEW IC CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/3piPtV7cDg— Exposed Turnbuckle Media (@ExposedTMedia) August 22, 2020
Jeff Hardy is IC champion!! That's most amazing!!! I'm soooo proud of him!!!— Julie Harrison (@Jujubean112115) August 22, 2020