This surprises me. For all of his failings he still was one of the more over people on the roster and moved a ton of merchandise. I wonder if his exit and Lita's return were at all related. He did mention in the book how they got a lot of heat from management for refusal to do certain storylines.
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Shee-it! So much for the "time-off" rumors. This really sucks. Jeff was THE MAN once (remember the "Next Shawn Michaels" tag?). I hope he can follow Eddy's example and pull himself together and come back better than before. (If "personal issues" are the cause of termination.)
I think I'll break out some ladder match tapes today. Sad.
EDIT: Can I ask that we spare the "He was Willy!" jokes?
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Good. He has basically been begging for this for months now. I grew to detest seeing him on my TV on Monday nights. Him staying on wasn't doing anyone any favors. I know Trish can breathe a sigh of relief now.
Considering all the breaks Vince and Co. gave Jeff, I don't feel sorry for him. Hopefully though, they don't punish Matt for Jeff's problems. And, we know who will be the next 'surprise' NWA-TNA performer.
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I wouldn't say I detested seeing Jeff Hardy, but I disliked the feeling of worry that hit me every time he climbed the turnbuckles. I'm somewhat glad that if he returns to the TV, that feelings of "Is this going to be the time he gets crippled or killed?" won't be there.
It shows how much he's fallen that, while he used to be damn near my favorite wrestler, I'm completely apathetic about this news. I too hope he cleans himself up - when he was at 100%, the boy was just bursting with potential.
Still surprising to see it happen so out of the blue....sure, Jeff had been acting like a fool both in and out of the ring for months now, but still. Just last week, they were pushing the Hardys' book like everything was hunky-dory. And Jeff was nowhere to be found saving Trish from the Dudleys last night.
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I'm glad. Not because I wasn't a fan of his or because he was going no where these past few months. I'm glad because the WWE may have just spared another wrestler from passing away too early. It's obvious Jeff was not interested in wrestling anymore. It may have been from pain/abuse his body was taking or just being more into music and other things. But it is good he is no longer in the ring risking his or someone else's health.
This is a long shot in the future, but any chance Hardy will be the "masked luchadore" in TNA? He could have some past issue with Lynn or something, and Konnan didn't know who it was, plus Hardy would thrive more in TNA, as it is once a week.
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Originally posted by Scott SummetsThis is a long shot in the future, but any chance Hardy will be the "masked luchadore" in TNA? He could have some past issue with Lynn or something, and Konnan didn't know who it was, plus Hardy would thrive more in TNA, as it is once a week.
Funny, the first thing I thought of after reading the news is `will he end up in TNA?'. I somehow doubt it, but there would be a ton of upside for both parties:
Hardy would be THE single biggest name they have - like his recent matches or not, he's extremely marketable and people may just order the PPV's if he's main-eventing against Jarrett or Raven (well, more chance of that than Disco Inferno, at least).
For Hardy, it would probably do him some good to work just once a week (well, he was for a while during the house show ban, but I mean without publicity tours, etc.) and the trip from North Carolina to Tennessee probably isn't a bad one compared to some of the places WWE sent him off to.
I think he's still a decent talent and has some name value. Hopefully, TNA folks can take advantage of that....
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