A silent tribute from Hardy. While wrestlers may face each other in the ring on a regular basis, they are often friends, often close friends, behind the scenes. Like any other humans, they are going to be upset when something happens to someone that they are close to, especially if it is something horrible. That is the case with a current star and someone who passed away several years ago.
While he may have his share of issues, there is no denying that Jeff Hardy is one of the biggest stars in the history of WWE. He has won all kinds of championships and had some amazing rivalries against several wrestlers over several generations. That is the kind of resume that almost anyone would love to have, but there is one feud and match in particular that Hardy seems to love in a different way.
Hardy was a guest on this week’s edition of the Bump and talked about his admiration for Umaga, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 36. Hardy mentioned that he says hello to Umaga every time he prays as he and Umaga had the most special rivalry of his career. The two had a Falls Count Anywhere match at One Night Stand 2008, which Hardy described as “just magic”. The two also traded the Intercontinental Title in 2007, with both wrestlers defeating the other to win the championship.
It sounds special to him. Check out Hardy on the Bump (Hardy’s time begins at around 30:30) and some of his matches against Umaga:
Opinion: This isn’t something I would have bet on but if it means that much to Hardy, then good for him. Losing someone you care about and respect is never easy and passing away in your thirties is too young for anyone. The fact that Hardy still thinks of him so many years later says a lot about their friendship, and it helps that he is right about how great their matches were.
What did you think of Umaga? What is your favorite Hardy match? Let us know in the comments below.
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