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September 19, 2008

Details on Jeff Hardy’s airport incident

Tennessean.com is reporting that a Southwest Airline spokesman said that Jeff Hardy was denied boarding a flight to North Carolina Wednesday because he appeared intoxicated. The spokesman went on to say that Hardy “was very cooperative” and was not arrested.

WWE has previously stated that it was investigating the incident and would take disciplinary action if needed. The worst case scenario for Hardy, if he truly was intoxicated, would be if any illegal drugs were involved. A third violation of WWE’s Wellness Policy would result in his automatic termination.

Even if Hardy wasn’t intoxicated and this is all just a big misunderstanding, just the fact that he was singled out at the airport is damaging to his already shaky reputation. Hardy cannot afford to be anything but a model employee at this point. He has made enough mistakes over the years that WWE would likely already have cut ties with him if he were a lesser talent or not as popular as he is.

Because of that talent and popularity, WWE probably will continue to give him the benefit of the doubt for just about anything but another drug policy violation. However, the one thing that WWE might not do is put the WWE title around Hardy’s waist. Hardy has to prove to WWE that he is dependable enough to handle the responsibility of being a world champion.

Hardy’s current story line on Smackdown is about how glory repeatedly just barely eludes his grasp. Unfortunately, it’s more than a plot device the WWE creative team has come up with. Two weeks before WrestleMania XXIV – when Hardy was likely going to win the Money in the Bank ladder match and get a title run before the end of the year – he was suspended for 60 days due to his second drug policy violation. Now, less than three weeks before his WWE title match against Triple H at the No Mercy pay-per-view, the airport incident takes place.

I have interviewed Hardy a couple times, but I don’t really know him. As a wrestling fan, however, I do like him and I hope he can keep it together and get that title run that he deserves. It would be a real shame if Hardy were to fail to realize his full potential due to making bad decisions out of the ring.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 1:35 AM | | Comments (8)
        

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"He has made enough mistakes over the years that WWE would likely already have cut ties with him if he were a lesser talent or not as popular as he is."

But he is, and they haven't---and considering the WWE's current state (declining ratings, multiple injuries, etc.), don't you think it is more likely that Jeff Hardy's popularity would buy him even more slack with management? I wouldn't go so far as to say they need him more than he needs them...but they do need him.

Kevin, can Hardy actually have a title run after his second violation of WWE's Welness policy? I thought he couldn't...

I really hope Jeff Hardy hasn't done any more illegal drugs, because i want to see the title on him. Even without this incident, I didn't think he was going to get the title at No Mercy anyway, I was hoping they'd wait until Wrestle Mania to put the belt on him. It would mean much more if they do that. Obviously I have no idea what WWE's plans are or were, so it would be hard to say that if he doesn't win next month whether that was the plan all along or simply in response to this airport thing. Then again, WWE could swerve us all and put the belt on him unexpectedly.


The scary thing about this whole situation is its eerily similar parallels to Scott Hall.

oh no not again why are people so high on drugs to be talented drugs is not the wat to solve you're problem these days now i almost killed myself over drugs don't ever take drugs it'll drive you nuts man

Great point Mike in Pasadena.

The report said he appeared to be intoxicated. Hopefully, it was appearance and not reality. I believe the report also said Greg Helms and Matt Hardy were with him. I would hope they would watch out for him and not let him drink too much in public.

dude jeff dosent drink dont belive me read his book

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