As featured on last night’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown, Jeff Hardy lost a “Loser Leaves Town” Steel Cage WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against CM Punk.

PWInsider is reporting that backstage Hardy was told by WWE management that he had an open door to come back whenever he wanted and that the company would help him promote any of his outside projects if he would like.

At this point Hardy has plans to do more musical performances with his band Peroxwhy?gen and work on a potential reality show. Hardy did tell WWE officials that he wasn’t leaving because he was unhappy, but rather he wanted some time off from the road. Most in the company expect Hardy to make a return to the company down the line. Hardy was also praised for working hard until he finished up and helping to bring CM Punk up to a new level.

A recap of last night’s Smackdown courtesy of Mike Tedesco is at this link.

Matt Hardy has commented on Jeff’s departure from WWE at this link.

Chris Kelly passed on a link to a Jeff Hardy timeline at this link.

You can also view footage of Hardy’s farewell speech on Smackdown below:


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