Jeff Hardy & TNA (One Week Later)
by, 03-20-2011 at 08:49 AM (9195 Views)
This is my first foray into blogging wrestling opinions, so I hope you all enjoy it. Ive been a fan since 1985 (i was 3) and I will say that 1) the whole Sting / Hardy segment was the most poorly executed management decision I can remember and has me even more worried about the state of TNA than ever before. Now let me emphatically state that while I WAS a Hardy Boyz fan during the Team Xtreme phase, I haven't cared about a single thing either Hardy has done in the ring in years, to the point I somehow forgot Jeff did indeed win the WWE title.
That being said, no logical human being should say Hardy was solely responsible in any way shape or form for what we saw broadcast on PPV. If anyone of us showed up for work "unfit to perform job duties" we'd be sent home no questions asked. ESPECIALLY with the fact that TNA even gave him gold seeing as how hes facing some jail time. He basically shit on everyone who gave him an opportunity, HE EVEN GOT HIS OWN CUSTOM CHAMPIONSHIP. The responsibility for the fans being screwed over is all in the hands of management who decided to allow Hardy to even be introduced. The whole team should be fired.
When Hardy works, not only his well-being is concerned. He is responsible for not hurting the people he works with and I do not blame Sting one iota for his desire not to be put into that situation. This goes way beyond wrestling or the wrestling business. This is a glaring example of the real issues going on behind the scenes and that must be address if TNA has any chance to stay afloat.
As it is they can't draw with a crayon (other then when they wrestled where Brooklyn Cyclones play in Coney Island), and last night I'm sure put off many people who were actually paying to watch. Creative had the prior match end in a draw, why couldn't something... anything better have been done? I don't know where delusional fans get their idea that the company is so amazing because they like the talent within. TNA does not equal their talent and their Talent does not mirror anything about corporate. I completely understand being an Angle, Sting, Styles, Joe mark but what are those people currently doing? Joe has been rendered completely boring, Styles is feuding with "Cold Blood" (really??) Matt Hardy, Angle is feuding with his ex-wife in an angle that is involving his adolecent children, Sting is a World Champion that people cut eyes at because he walked away for months just to be handed a title solely for TNA to rub "We Got Sting" in the WWEs eyes, which is a stupid move cause it was the internet, not WWE that whipped up the Sting frenzy.
Plain and simple, I went from being an Original NWA/TNA fan to really questioning if its ever worth my time anymore, lord knows it isnt worth purchasing. I remember The Flying Elves' and MVP before he was Montell Vontavious Porter, the X-Division that put the company on the map and sitting in complete awe that WWE had passed up on any of these guys.
I consider myself a fairly educated wrestling fan and tend to gravitate to better run companies, because even with all their failures, WWE would NEVER EVER be left in the situation TNA is in now. Something would have been thought of, I mean WWE finished a PPV after Owen Heart died. I don't take kindly to being called a fanboy of one company or another because truth be told, I don't really like either one more or less than the other. For a long time TNA was my source of better wrestling and I have long understood WWE is for entertainment. With all my heart I have hoped TNA would become viable competition to WWE and therefore hopefully raise the level of the industry.
Watch Low-Ki, Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles in the triple ladder match from the first year...then compare that to ANYTHING we've seen from TNA in a long time.