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Several wrestling websites are reporting that TNA officials were considering stripping Jeff Hardy of the championship because of his condition backstage last night. Some reports are that he was simply suffering from exhaustion. Others are reporting he was "hammered."
Reports state that the company had considered alternatives to last night's main event with Matt Morgan, but they decided to go with the show as planned. I guess they added the no disqualification stipulation later in the night. Hardy has done a lot of traveling lately and chalked up his condition on being exhausted.
Hardy's past as we all know is far from squeaky clean. In fact, later this week he is scheduled to appear in court on drug charges. I'm not here to cast judgment on Jeff, but if he is indeed still using drugs, he needs to get help now. TNA can not just sweep this kind of behavior under the rug.
Unfortunately, we've seen far too many men and women die well before their time. Many times it's at their own hands. Too much partying. Too many good times. Wellness programs are in place, but how well do they work? Jeff is one of the top guys in the game right now, and has a tremendous amount of talent. I would hate to see it all pissed away on something as silly as drugs and alcohol. I hope that it was just a simple case of exhaustion to explain last night. And even if that's all it is, the company (and the business in general) needs to take a closer look at how ragged they run their performers.
Again, I'm not trying to sound like I'm on a high horse, but what Riley did was wrong. He broke the law and he could have very easily hurt himself or some innocent family.
Would we still be chuckling if he took out a family of four on their way to grandma's for Thanksgiving? Of course not.
I have friends who have received DUI's. It's not something we sit around and laugh and joke about. It's a serious situation, that should have just been left out of the broadcast.
And don't get me wrong. I don't think Riley should have been fired over the incident. But I do think he should have some sort of "strike" against him, if the WWE is still doing the 3 strikes policy.
Whether wrestlers want to be or not they are role models for a lot of kids who have no one else significant in their lives. My feelings are that parents, teachers, and other people in the community need to be the role models, but all too often we look to fame and fortune and strive to live like the guys we see on TV. Little kids do that even more.
Wrestlers are entitled to their private lives and time off and fun and all that stuff. But it comes at a price. They're in a very high profile position and they need to consider their actions more carefully. And the companies paying these men and women need to step in when they recognize when an employee is in danger.
Okay, ranting over. Back to happy stuff next time.