Jeff Hardy ruled out for six to nine months after knee surgery

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WWE fans were delivered sad news this week on SmackDown Live, as The Hardy Boyz had to relinquish the SmackDown Tag Team Championship due to an injury to Jeff Hardy.

Jeff announced on SmackDown that he picked up the knee injury due to Lars Sullivan's brutal assault on him the week before and that the injury would require surgery.

As a result, he and Matt relinquished the SmackDown Tag Team titles before The Freak emerged once more and attacked the team again to end the segment.

During a backstage interview with Kayla Braxton, Jeff provided further information on his knee injury, including how long he will be out for.

The Charismatic Enigma said he’s set for surgery to have his 'whole right knee repaired' in a couple of days, and that he will be out for six to nine months.

He admitted as well that the injury existed before The Hardy Boyz were first attacked by Sullivan, but says The Freak’s attack was the last straw for his knee.

The 41-year-old vows to be back 'better than ever' after rehabbing the knee. In the meantime, Matt has said he will return to being a singles star once more.

If Jeff sticks to his recovery timeline, the next time fans might see him inside a WWE ring could very well be sometime between November and February.

It wouldn't be out of the question to suggest WWE could hold off The Charismatic Enigma's in-ring return until the Royal Rumble, but barring any setbacks, he should be back by WrestleMania 36.

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However, considering The Hardy Boyz' age, one has to wonder if we have seen one of the greatest tag teams of all-time be tag team champions for the final time.

Fingers crossed the brothers are allowed one more run as tag team champions once Jeff is able to wrestle again, as it would be a shame for their time as a tag team in the WWE to end like this.

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