WWE Backstage Recap (3/3): Jeff Hardy In Studio, Hall Of Fame Reveal, Legends Review Raw & More
The following is a report from the March 3rd episode of WWE Backstage on FS1:
— Renee Young and Paige host this week’s panel, with WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and the “World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry.
— Everyone praised the Randy Orton/Beth Phoenix segment on Raw. Paige talked about related to both Edge’s injury and his journey back to the ring, as well as Orton’s line about digging a hole so deep he should have been buried in it. Young said Backstage was basically dedicated to Orton at this point, because he’s been so good lately.
— Jeff Hardy did a sit-down interview, confirming that he is medically cleared to the ring to the ring. He has been at Smackdown the last two weeks, and is just waiting for the right creative to get back on television. Hardy also talked about getting his mental and physical health under control, and called his inpatient rehab one of the best decisions of his life.
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— Jeff said he hasn’t talked to his brother Matt very much about his next career move, so he has no idea where he’s going next. He’s happy the Hardy Boyz can go different ways and still exist, and says they’ve been wrestling for a LONG time and he’s just thankful to still be able to do it.
— Jeff said Matt was always better at giving advice and interacting with other people. There are a lot of wrestlers backstage that were influenced by him, and he tries to give compliments, but Matt was always the guy doing that, and putting everything together creatively. He also called out Roman Reigns as someone he’d like to wrestle when he’s back.
— John Layfield (aka JBL/Bradshaw) is announced as the next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.
— JBL came out and joined the panel. He spent almost the entire time talking about why Eddie Guerrero was so incredible, and how he came up with all the greatest ideas to get him heat when they had a hugely hispanic audience on Smackdown.
— A message aired from John Cena, thanking JBL for their time together in WWE. He said there would be no Cena without JBL as he first put him over in a major way at WrestleMania. Cena says he’s earned every single bit of the Hall of Fame and hopes to celebrate with him in Tampa.
— Booker T, Mark Henry, Jeff Hardy and JBL all discussed what it’s like to be inside the Elimination Chamber. Henry said he can still take the double suplex he took out on the floor. Booker was of course in the first ever Chamber, and said he felt like a crash test dummy coming over from WCW, where they didn’t really have anything like that at the time.
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