On August 31st 1977 Jeffrey Nero Hardy was born in Cameron, North Carolina. On March 13th 2011 Jeffrey Nero Hardy’s wrestling career died in Orlando, Florida in tragic circumstances during TNA’s Victory Road PPV. That should be all she wrote in an ideal world.
However, the situation that occurred during the main event (if one can even call it that) of Sunday’s PPV is not a simple situation that can be done, dusted and buried in a painless manner. Fans, wrestlers and the entire world of professional wrestling were left audibly angered and upset at what happened in that ring between Hardy and his opponent for the night “The Icon” Sting. The fact that Jeff was even allowed to get to the ring without someone stepping in and saying enough is enough was shocking in itself, but for the bell to be rung and for Sting to have to take matters into his own hands by forcibly holding Hardy down for a the 1…2…3 after 90 seconds of “action” was diabolical. Sting should never have been put in that position by a company he has chosen as his “brand” and who he believes in. It was disgusting to see a true idol of wrestling be endangered by the actions of not only the intoxicated Hardy but also TNA management.
What TNA does now will affect their future standing as a wrestling company. Mistakes were made at Victory Road but it’s how the company deals with those mistakes that will ultimately control their destiny. Either they will go into a freefall or they will wake up, smell the coffee and swing for the fences. The first step they have taken is somewhat positive by offering 6 months free access to their On Demand service to all the people who paid hard earned cash to purchase Sunday’s PPV. But this won’t be enough for many as it’s not just the fact that a main event was cut short, it’s also the fact that a highly troubled individual was allowed to continue in a downward spiral for so long without intervention, even receiving a huge push to be TNA’s flagship when so many others deserved that spot more. TNA needs to make a public apology to the fans and the wrestlers, reveal at least some details of what was up with Hardy and also they need to send a message that this type of thing will never occur again. That message must take the shape of the company introducing a proper drugs policy with severe punishment for serious offences. No offence can be more serious than Hardy’s last Sunday and therefore there must be an example made. Hardy needs to be fired.
Some fans may disagree with my suggestion that Jeff loses his job, but for TNA to recover sufficiently from the damage done by the car crash that was Victory Road’s main event, Hardy needs to go. For one I can’t imagine that the boys in the back will ever be happy to work with such a reckless individual again, especially Sting or TNA’s franchise AJ Styles, who for years has busted his ass to put the company on the map even when more established names like Christian Cage, Kurt Angle and even Hardy came from WWE and got pushed ahead of him in the pecking order. Some sense of morality has to be established in the locker room and in the front of house. TNA doesn’t need to take such risks on talent simply because they came from the “Big” company up north. As i pointed out in my first column, there are enough skilled and hungry home grown guys who can really take the company forward. Guys like AJ, Robert Roode, James Storm, Kaz, Morgan, Samoa Joe et al. So please for the sake of your future TNA, get rid of the ticking time bomb that is Jeff Hardy.