Jeff Hardy becomes TNA World Champion- okay that's cool.
Oh yeah, he went heel.
Jeff hardy, known for his "live for the moment" style of action and wrestling is not much for dramatics. He's a company man that gives the fans pure physical entertainment and asks for nothing in return. It seems, however, that vices trouble his life outside of the ring. He has a history of doing jail time on drug charges.
Rumor has it that he's headed back, soon.
Hm. Wait a minute....let's make sense of this; Jeff turns heel, joins the heel cluster loosely-named "New Regime" and becomes TNA World Champ while jail time hangs over his head?
TNA management must really love him, right? How about his fans? Well, I still do.
All I know is that in the ring, noone's more entertaining and more of a risk-taker than Jeff. On that same note, Jeff has never been "one with the mic" like say...The Rock and that's okay. It doesn't hurt him as a charismatic wrestler. Heck, I give him props for being an "actions speak louder than words" type wrestler. That's how I've always seen him.
Here's the issue: he has NO experience as a heel.
So why make him heel now? To create buzz? To improve the number of viewers? To achieve better ratings?
I'm not really sure of TNA management's motive. All I know is that this means more mic time, underhanded stunts and more creative freedom for Jeff.
It seems he already has a high level of creative freedom in TNA.
As far as the heel mic time, Jeff Hardy (minus his drug use) comes off as a stand up guy that can't even fake "bad" on TV. If you saw the episode on October 14th, you know what I mean. He looked somewhat uncomfortable during his monologue and it wasn't very convincing. Maybe if they kept him silent and let someone else be his mouthpiece, almost like Undertaker back-in-the-day, he pull off "heel". That would make his nickname, the "charismatic enigma", that more fitting. Either that or allow him only to do very quick promos that get straight to the point.
In regards to underhanded stunts: if you saw how he took out his old friend RVD and Mr. Anderson with a steel chair, you would have saw how unenthusiastic he was about it. There was no emphasis, no umph!-- the umph it will take to be a convincing heel.
My big question is why, though. Why do they have confidence in Jeff Hardy as a heel? (shrugs)
If I were on the creative team, my reason would be this: "art imitating life". Stay with me, now.
Hardy has a dark side. His drug use, and the jail time he has received for it, does hurt his rep in the wrestling universe. Pulling from this darkness in his personal life and the reasons associated with it can aid him with his heel turn and possibly encourage help him to kick the habit in the process.
How? It's psychological.
Some people do things in the dark and stop doing them when they actions are brought to the light-- to the public, like group therapy. Maybe that's the plan- I did notice his face paint was off, just like Sting at times-- which makes his character more, personal.
Jeff knows his demons and if he is allowed to display them through his heel character, he will be convincing.This honesty will make all rumors and fuss about his personal life null and void. It has it benefits. Call it the Eminem's approach- expose myself so profoundly that it's ridiculous when some else tries to?
TNA has the TV-14 rating to work with, so they should use this to their benefit (besides taking the excitement out of profanity by using it so much-- nevermind.)
My very brief synopsis for his heel turn storyline would be this:
Jeff's personal drug problem can serve as a catalyst that influences his heel turn and in the end, hopefully he kicks the habit, whether implied or implemented, (real and/or kayfabe) and turns face again.
Ultimately, I like the idea of Jeff turning heel. It's fresh and unexpected. My point is that Jeff's personal experience should be allowed to fuel the writing for Jeff's heel turn and not so much the creative staff's.
Symbolically (and I'm sure, intentionally) the next TNA pay-per-view is Turning Point in November. Let's see how Jeff's new heel "turn" will affect the company until then.