Looking at the Jeff Hardy situation at TNA Victory Road
It’s no secret that buy rates for TNA pay-per-views are embarrassingly low, and I have a feeling they are about to go even lower.
The loyal TNA fans who spent $35 to watch Victory Road Sunday night were treated to a main event between Sting and Jeff Hardy that lasted all of 88 seconds.
The finish saw Sting hit the Scorpion Death Drop to win clean and retain his TNA world title.
And now for the rest of the story.
Citing TNA sources, pwinsider.com reported that the match was so short because of concern backstage that Hardy was in no condition to perform. Sound familiar?
A similar situation involving Hardy occurred in December at the Final Resolution pay-per-view when he was champion. According to online reports, there was concern over Hardy’s condition that night as well, so much so that TNA officials were considering stripping him of the title and sending him home.
Ultimately, Hardy’s scheduled match against Matt Morgan took place, with Hardy retaining the title as planned. Hardy reportedly convinced TNA officials that his condition was due to exhaustion as a result of his hectic travel schedule.
If the reports about Hardy’s condition at Victory Road are accurate, then TNA needs to take some kind of action immediately. A pay-per-view main event that lasts 88 seconds is inexcusable (couldn't TNA have come up with a Plan B and given fans a legitimate match?), but the truth is that there are worse things that can happen if problems are ignored.
Hardy, who still has pending drug trafficking charges from 2009, was suspended twice for no-showing events during his first stint with TNA in 2005. He also had two Wellness Policy violations while in WWE.