Why Jeff Hardy Joined TNA, Mike Tenay Fearing For His Job


— Jeff Hardy was telling people that he joined TNA due to the company’s easier schedule, since they made a deal where he wasn’t going to have to work any house shows. AAA made a similar offer to him, but that would entail flying to Mexico, and they never made a firm money offer.

Those affiliated with WWE were in constant contact with Hardy the day following his TNA debut in hope that he would change his mind and return to the company. However, it should be noted that WWE‘s pursuit of Hardy came even after news broke that he was being indicted on drug charges from his arrest last September (felony possession of cocaine, felony drug trafficking of opium, two counts of felony possession with intent to redistribute a Schedule III drug, maintaining a dwelling for drug use and/or distribution and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia).

WWE‘s apparent interest in overlooking the PR backlash that bringing Hardy back would entail is being seen by some as an indication that the company is not completely viewing TNA as irrelevant.

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— The first ratings figure TNA received for last week’s live show was a 1.8 in the Males 18-34 demo. Considering that TNA generally garners an 0.7 in that particular demo, many in the company were beyond thrilled.

— Mike Tenay, who has been with TNA since day one, is said to be paranoid over his position with the company due to the fact that people within the organization have attempted to recruit Jim Ross as his replacement.

Although it should be noted that Tenay is considered by many in the company to be paranoid in general, but the company’s shift in power has made him more leery than usual.

(Credit: Wrestling Observer Newsletter, pwtorch.com)