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Jeff Hardy Arrested On WWE SmackDown

When real life and storylines collide...

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WWE opened last night's episode of SmackDown with the shocking insinuation that Jeff Hardy had drunkenly smashed into Elias with his rental car.

Hardy, who has recently launched a comeback and had his 'Redemption Story' laid bare for all to see on WWE TV, was then arrested by rent-a-cops. WWE's announcers called his arrest a "legal situation" as Elias was carted away in an ambulance.

As usual in pro wrestling, all is not as it seems with this one.

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Jeff returned to the Performance Center before the end of the show and ambushed Sheamus after the Irishman had lost to Daniel Bryan in the ongoing Intercontinental Title tournament.

WWE.com has since provided an update on the situation, claiming that Hardy passed (kayfabe) sobriety tests and has been cleared of any involvement in the attack.

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Some fans on social media seem torn about the company using Hardy's real-life substance abuse issues in a storyline, but this isn't the first time; in 2009, CM Punk referenced Jeff's personal demons as part of his 'Straight Edge Saviour' gimmick.

Stay tuned for the revelation that Sheamus orchestrated the attack to smear Hardy's reputation, or something similar.

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