Jeff Hardy Headed to TNA iMPACT, Plus Other News and Updates

Joe Burgett Senior Writer IIIJanuary 3, 2010

First off, don't think I am coming back to write a ton. This is my first in a little while, and I will not be writing as much when school starts back. As I won't have time with that and other things I have to do.

But don't worry, you'll still hear from me. In any case, I wanted to give my take and possibly update most of you on this breaking news regarding Jeff Hardy.

Hardy said today via Twitter that he will be going to TNA iMPACT tomorrow night for the big Live iMPACT show that will be going up against the WWE. Here is what he had to say.

"Hell yeah Gonna roll with my boy @TheShannonBrand to FLA to put in a good word & check out tha show."

It looks as if Hardy will be backstage, but he is only there to help get Shannon Moore a tryout match for the company.

He is not said to be returning to the company, as he really does have a ton of respect for the WWE and has no intentions on returning to TNA.

It's obvious that Hogan and anyone else who can talk to him will offer him a chance to come back. They don't have a drug policy, which has always appealed to Hardy.

But he seems to have drifted away from drugs, and doesn't use them as much, if at all, anymore.

Keep in mind, the drugs found at Hardy's home, the ones he is in a legal dispute over, are painkillers and steroids, not meth or anything like that. However, a small trace of cocaine was said to have been found, but who knows if that was his or from a party he had there.

It should be noted that Hardy was offered a deal to come back at Wrestlemania 26 to take on CM Punk, which Hardy was believed to be taking the WWE up on before this whole drug trafficking thing came into play.

I'm sure many people would love to see Hardy take on Punk, but it's unlikely he will sign a long-term contract if the legal issues are still going at the time. Also, if they are over and he is in jail, then he obviously couldn't work in the WWE or TNA.

It was said that Hardy was going to come back at Mania and stick around for a while before he got in trouble with the law, and that may still happen if the legal troubles pass.

But, like I said before, if they are still going on, the WWE would probably have him back for Mania, but not afterward. I personally would love to see this, because it could add to an already stacked card.

Wrestlemania 26 will easily surpass Wrestlemania 25, simply because we are guaranteed to see Bret Hart involved in some way.

Also, Edge is supposed to be back around late February or early March, which would give him time to set up a storyline with Chris Jericho going into Wrestlemania where the two will go one on one.

However, if Hardy is there, his bout with Punk will be what most people who watch the event remember the most. Speaking of CM Punk, Hulk Hogan is supposed to address the comments made by him from a few weeks ago tomorrow.

Hogan will be calling into The BJ Shea Morning Experience on 99.9 KISW ("The Rock of Seattle") tomorrow morning at 6:50 AM PST to obviously promote TNA as well as address the comments Punk said about him on The BJ Shea Morning Experience before the holiday break.

For those of you who didn't hear what Punk had to say, the interviewer asked Punk about TNA going head to head with the WWE and this is what Punk replied.

"My take is first of all that we have Tribute to the Troops on Saturday. That's probably going to be a much better show than whatever TNA is going to put on.

I have a lot of friends that work there and I do watch the show, but I seem to watch it on perpetual fast forward. I hope, I really hope that something comes of it.

I have zero faith in Hulk Hogan as a man who is what? 60 years old and tries to dress like he's 18 and lives on the Jersey Shore.

For a guy I've never met, I've formulated enough opinions about him just from being around him and like his business acumen and stuff like that, I really trust that he's not in this for TNA and he's not in this for the business. He's in this for himself.

Hulk Hogan, I hope you prove me wrong. I hope there's competition because when there's competition we step up, everybody makes more money, and I think it makes the business healthier and that's what I'm looking forward to, but I don't have much hope."

Those were strong words made by the Straightedge Savior, but he is pretty much on the button here. Also, many people forget that Punk is not a guy who hates on people in the business, especially in interviews.

Forget his TV character here, he is not the kind of guy who trashes wrestlers at every turn. So for him to be so against Hogan tells me something. That he knows full well what Hogan's intentions are.

I can't wait to hear what Hogan's response is. Knowing Hogan and TNA, we may hear it on iMPACT this Monday.

In any case, this Monday will be interesting to say the least. As both shows are expected to be pretty darn good. It's about time!

But going back to Jeff Hardy...

I'd like to remind you that you shouldn't expect to see Jeff Hardy make a guest appearance on iMPACT. The only way you'll see him is if the camera goes to him in the crowd. And because he is said to be going backstage, that surely won't happen.

Jeff knows full well that he could wrestle or make an appearance on the show if he wanted, but it would be a bad move career wise if he wants to make his way back to the WWE.

If the WWE could care less about taking him back, then there is no reason why he shouldn't work for TNA, but that is not the case.

He is in a good light with the WWE right now, even after the whole legal trouble he got into. So for him to wreck that would be dumb, which is why I feel we won't be seeing him tomorrow on iMPACT.

There will be enough debuts and returns tomorrow anyway, so they don't need Hardy if you ask me. They'd love to have him, though.

If we are talking ratings, it's obvious the world that TNA will not beat the WWE in ratings. Lets just break this down.

USA Network gets in far more homes than Spike TV, RAW especially gets in more homes than iMPACT does. So, I believe TNA iMPACT's ratings will go up, but they won't come close to the WWE RAW's rating.

Also, keep in mind that iMPACT will have a re-run of Monday's Live iMPACT this Thursday in their normal time slot.