Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jeff Hardy Announces His Return

Jeff Hardy, who has not appeared for TNA Wrestling in over five months, announced on his Twitter account last night that he will be on hand for this Thursday's Impact Wrestling taping in Huntsville, Alabama. "Ok it's official...time to go back2work!," wrote Hardy. "I will be in Huntsville,AL this Thursday with Impact Wrestling!!!!" The September 1 and September 8 episodes of Impact Wrestling will be taped that night at the Von Braun Center Arena.

Jeff Hardy Returns
This comes on the heels of brother Matt Hardy's DWI arrest this past Saturday. North Carolina state trooper B.J. Smith indicated that Hardy was not drunk, but "appeared to have taken some type of impairing substance" at the time of his crash and subsequent arrest. posted Matt Hardy's mugshot stemming from his arrest, and it seems pretty clear that he was not sober. Hardy submitted to a blood test, results of which are currently pending. TNA promptly terminated Matt Hardy's contract following the arrest. He had already been on suspension, reportedly due to tardiness at live events. He had not appeared for the organization since May 30. Hardy is due to appear in court Sept. 28.

Matt Hardy's Mug Shot
Meanwhile, Jeff Hardy has been on suspension with the organization. Hardy last appeared for the organization on March 13 at Victory Road, competing in a TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match against Sting. The match, which was contested under No Disqualification rules, concluded in ninety seconds as company officials made an audible to cut it short after deeming that Hardy was in no condition to wrestle. He was sent home the following day.

Jeff will be back in a Moore County, North Carolina courtroom on September 8th for charges stemming from a September 2009 arrest. He is charged with the following offenses:
  • Conspiracy to traffic opium
  • Trafficking in opium by possession
  • Possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance
  • Felony possession of cocaine
  • Felony maintaining a vehicle, dwelling, or place for using controlled substances
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

What are your thoughts on TNA bringing back Jeff Hardy so shortly after Matt Hardy's arrest and before his court date?

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