Cash For Questions
This month, the reckless rogue, Jeff Hardy, dives into our mailbag to answer your high-flying questions:
Out of all the ladder matches in WWE history, including the ones you've participated in, which is your favorite?
MONTGOMERY GAINES, BAKERSFIELD, CA
The TLC match from SummerSlam 2000. It was in Raleigh, NC, so it was great to be in front of a hometown crowd. It was the first time that anyone had ever hung from the rings that the belts were also hanging from. That was just totally awesome.
You and your brother have tangled with Cade & Murdoch a bunch of times; I'm curious—does that redneck Trevor Murdoch smell as bad
as he looks?
JOHNNY O., LOS ANGELES, CA
Actually, he doesn't smell that bad—it's the dip he chews that stinks. You can always tell when Trevor's about to walk into a room, because you'll get a whiff of that rank dip smell.
Like you, I paint my fingernails. And I take a lot of crap for it. Anyone ever get on your case about it?
N. TISCHLER, DES MOINES, IA
Actually, I can't remember the last time anyone ripped on me about my nails. I think people are pretty used to it by now. Back in the day, when Matt and I first started in the business, I wasn't allowed to wear polish on TV. But, when we started the whole Brood thing, I got cleared and have been doing it ever since. It has definitely grown on my dad, along with my crazy hair and all that stuff. I think the nail polish is the least of his worries.
Regarding your dancing on the entrance ramp—is that a mild seizure or something?
PAUL K., VIA E-MAIL
It is a mild seizure. Actually, I got it from Michael Hayes. I've modified it a little bit to fit my own style, but it was a Freebirds thing. Michael Hayes used to do the wrist flick and the hip motion before he'd tag his partner. Mine would be considered a little more contemporary, but it's rooted in the old-school Freebirds.
Now that the dust has settled, what, if anything, do you have to say to Lita?
JEREMY S., BEND, OR
You're right, stuff has settled down. We actually went to see her in a play she was doing in Atlanta, which was really cool. It was sort of comedy, mixed with horror, and all these guys dressed like ghouls and demons. She's also been busy with her band and stuff. Honestly, I'd wish her nothing but the best right now.
I know you're in a band, but I don't know where to get any of your stuff. Where can I download your jams?
KENNETH B., VIA E-MAIL
Our band, Peroxwhy?gen, has a MySpace site. Check out myspace.com/peroxwhygenrocks; we've got a few demo tracks on there. Some of the recording is pretty rough, but you'll get an idea of what we're all about. With my schedule, it's tough to put time into the music, but I try to whenever I can.
How much physical pain are you in when you wake up every morning?
TIFFANY R., FORT MYERS, FL
I'm always sore, but it's not too bad. More than anything, my elbows, lower back, and my ankles hurt the most. If I don't tape my ankles before I wrestle, my feet feel like they're going to fall off. I've got bone chips in my elbows, which prevent them from moving a lot, and I was told that I have tendonitis in my right elbow, so I have to wear a pad all the time. I've been pretty lucky, though, because I haven't had any major, career-threatening injuries to keep me out of action for a long time.
How the heck do you shave your wicked beard? Do you have some sort of magic razor?
DAVEY J., TRENTON, NJ
Actually, I just use a regular ol' straight razor. If my beard has grown really long, I'll shave it down with an electric razor first. The whole process can take me up to 45 minutes. I end up going through a lot of shaving cream, and I use Aqua Velva afterwards to keep my skin from drying out.
You once wore plaid and daisy tights to the ring. Ever get embarrassed when you see old pix?
WE_DON'T_NEED_ROADS, VIA E-MAIL
We wore them to stand out. Matt and I were influenced by the Rockers, and they used to wear some crazy stuff. The yellow daisy tights were my favorite. Matt sewed every pair, too. We wanted to make people remember us, not just for our wrestling ability, but for everything else, too.
If you were an American Gladiator, what would your name be?
MIKEY MIKE, TOPEKA, KS
Biruster. The statues I make out of aluminum are called Aluminummies. They're like the Autobots. Their Decepticon-like enemies are called Birusters…because they can make the Aluminummies rust. I'd set up at the end of the Eliminator, and destroy the contenders when they tried crossing the finish line.
You risk life and limb by jumping from insane heights. Which fall has hurt the absolute worst?
gr8_bluedini, via e-mail
When SmackDown first debuted, I had a match with RVD. Toward the end, I jumped off a 14-foot ladder onto a table and it just exploded. That was, by far, the worst hit I've ever taken. I got the wind knocked out of me, and I was unconscious for a few seconds. They actually had to stop the match because I was in such bad shape.
I read that Vanilla Ice was a big influence on you growing up. Did you prefer the ninja rap era Ice, or the Cypress Hill-era Ice?
DAVID CHRISTOPHER, AGOURA HILLS, CA
Ninja Rap. He really was a big influence on my style, especially the way he danced. I always thought he was a really great dancer, and he motivated me to want to learn how to dance. I'd really like to meet him. I caught a few of The Surreal Life episodes he's been on, where he freaks out and destroys the set. We could do some damage together for sure.
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