Defying the odds--and gravity
By: James Vermillion
June 1, 2008
SAN DIEGO – At One Night Stand, Jeff Hardy defeated Umaga with a death-defying high elevation leap in the parking lot followed by the pin for the victory in their Falls Count Anywhere Match.
Ever since Jeff Hardy’s return, his willpower has been repeatedly tested by Umaga with the Samoan Bulldozer dealing a tremendous amount of punishment on Hardy on three separate occasions. Their Falls Count Anywhere Match at One Night Stand was no different.
In a contest where anything is legal and you can pin your opponent anywhere in or outside of the ring, it seemed as though the deck was stacked against the Legend Thriller. Though Hardy has shown his resiliency and determination many times in the past, the Samoan Bulldozer’s combination of in-ring savagery and vast arsenal of devastating maneuvers made this match one of the toughest of Jeff’s outstanding career.
Umaga’s hard-hitting offense made the outcome look bleak for the Legend Thriller with many close calls throughout the bout. Every time it seemed as if Hardy had taken all of the punishment possible, the Samoan Bulldozer would knock him back down seemingly coming closer and closer to the win with every pin attempt.
But as has happened many times in the past, it was the pure guts of Jeff Hardy that ended up prevailing against all the odds. At the risk of his own well-being, Hardy climbed atop an 18 wheeler outside and hit Umaga with a Swanton Bomb enabling him to do the seemingly impossible and get the pinfall over the Samoan Bulldozer.