Was it drugs, alcohol, or injuries that caused Jeff Hardy to be deemed unfit to wrestle at last night’s Victory Road main-event? Word is circulating that TNA should have reshuffled the card so that the company wouldn’t have looked like such a joke. Those individuals were right because instead of remembering all the decent-to-great matches on the card, all anyone’s going to recall is how Sting retained the World title in ninety-seconds.
There were a number of ways that TNA could have handled Jeff Hardy’s situation. Because Victory Road not only pist off the fans, but all the people in the company that worked to put on a great show.
1) Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson wrestled to a double-count out last night with neither man earning contendership. Wouldn’t it have made sense for both men to attack Hardy backstage, keeping him from his match, and inserting themselves in the title match?
2) Since Eric Bischoff made the Championship match No Disqualification, wouldn’t it have made sense for RVD and Anderson, whom have issues with both Sting and Hardy, to intervene to explain why Jeff would lose?
3) Or how about Fortune intervene to elevate the storyline between them and Immortal? What better way to push the angle with Fortune costing Immortal the championship?
TNA officials were not using their heads when immediately noticing that Jeff was in no condition to wrestle. Fans and the company can put as much blame on Hardy as they want, but part of the blame should go to TNA Wrestling for not 1) strictly enforcing a Wellness Policy on their talent, and 2) for allowing an unfit wrestler to compete with no backup plan.