Negative attention is better than no attention at all.
Has anyone else ever heard of that old saying?
Apparently, TNA is very familiar with it. In the eyes of a dying promotion that continues to believe it has a chance of becoming the next WCW, bad publicity is still publicity nonetheless. Why else would they still keep Jeff Hardy around?
Like most wrestling fans, I didn't care about, buy, or watch TNA's Victory Road pay-per-view this past week. But also like most wrestling fans, I...unfortunately...did end up watching the so-called "main-event" of Victory Road online a few days later.
For those of you lucky enough to have not watched it yet, I'm about to save a few minutes of your life with a brief description.
Jeff Hardy's music hits, and after what seems like an eternity, he is suddenly shoved out into the smoke with a glazed look in his eyes.
Clearly intoxicated, and possibly high, Hardy stumbles down the ramp, mouthing the lyrics to his theme song along the way.
After the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Sting arrives, Eric Bischoff comes out to spout some Immortal crap that nobody cares about. Finally, the match begins.
Jeff Hardy takes off his t-shirt and staggers around the ring with it in his hand. He moves from one corner of the squared circle to the other, taunting to throw his shirt to the increasingly confused crowd.
Finally, after Hardy does this for over a minute, Sting starts attacking him and quickly gets the pin.
The actual match lasted exactly 90 seconds. A minute and a half.
After the match, the crowd began to chant "This is bulls**t!", and while Sting didn't say a word, you can easily tell by the pissed-off expression on his face in the picture to the right that he was thinking the exact same thing.
Now I don't care how big of a TNA fan you are; if you're willing to defend that, there is no hope for you. The main-event of Victory Road wasn't just a embarrassment to Total NonStop Action Wrestling, but a disgrace to professional wrestling in general.
Is this the man TNA is putting their future into? A washed-up WWE has-been that can't even stay sober long enough to work a match? A drug addict that dosen't even know when to show up to pay-per-views? A man who would be in prison right now were it not for TNA paying the courts to delay his sentence?
This is TNA's two-time fighting champion? Their de-facto top draw? The current face of their company?
If so, then the sinking ship known as the R.M.S. Dixie Carter just got ripped open by another iceberg.
Perhaps TNA has realzied its inevitable fate, and instead of dying a slow death, are using Jeff Hardy as a quick suicide. That's the only logical reason behind their madness.
What happened at Victory Road is the TNA equivalent of the Fingerpoke of Doom. It is that kind of BS that can kill a promotion.
But whatever. I'm probably wasting my breath. TNA has already made a name for itself in professional wrestling history: how to not run a major wrestling company.
"The Charismatic Engima" is also known as "The AntiChrist of Professional Wrestling", and what a very fitting name that is.
If management dosen't throw Jeff Hardy out the door soon, their so-called "champion" could very well be the man responsible for TNA's demise.