Big news coming from TNA, as it appears that Jeff Hardy, will not be partaking in the company's annual U.K. tour.
According to PWInsider.com:
TNA champion Jeff Hardy has been pulled from TNA's UK tour, the company announced today via Facebook.
TNA claimed that Hardy was pulled due to an injury (there will be an angle to explain the injury closing out the 1/24 episode of Impact Wrestling) but it's more likely Hardy is unable to travel due to his past legal problems.
TNA has announced that Sting will be replacing Hardy on the tour.
Hardy being yanked means he will miss four weeks of Impact Wrestling TV, unless he is inserted into the show via pre-taped vignettes or interviews.
PWInsider.com has already received negative feedback from readers in that region as Hardy had been advertised for the tour since tickets went on sale eight months ago.
Ultimately, this is not the first time that Hardy missed out on this tour. In fact, in 2012, he was not able to participate due to his legal issues (via Fox Sports), so it wouldn't be entirely shocking if he was missing out on this year's tour for the same reason.
That being said, Hardy is currently in a completely different situation with the company than he was one year ago.
Let's face it, in 2012 Hardy was still attempting to prove his worth to the company after his disappointing showing at 2011's Victory Road pay-per-view. Overall, due to that incident, it appeared that the company had been using him as a feature star—rather than a main eventer for the better part of a year.
Later that year, TNA must have decided that Hardy had been punished long enough and made him their world champ at 2012's Bound For Glory. Since then, he has obviously been the focal point for most of their live event promotional material.
Keep in mind, Hardy is probably the biggest draw that the company has right now, so having him miss a tour like this could prove detrimental to the company, especially after advertising him for this outing.
However, chances are, if Hardy is truly injured, he would probably have to be removed from the tour due to the amount of travel involved. Yes, he travels a lot in the U.S., but according to Expedia the shortest flight to the U.K. from Charlotte, N.C. is about eight hours. That's a ridiculous amount of time to be on a plane, even for a healthy traveler.
In the end, we may never find out the truth about this situation, especially considering the company is truly vested in Hardy and will most likely do what they can to protect his image. Keep in mind, U.K. fans, as much as this news is disappointing, you must remember that when it comes to wrestling, the card is always "subject to change."