TMZ is reporting that (suspended) TNA Impact Wrestling star and former WWE star Matt Hardy has been fired after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated near his home in North Carolina. He was arrested this afternoon and released around 7 p.m. ET.
A TNA representative gave the following statement to TMZ:
TNA today released Impact Wrestling star Matt Hardy from its roster. Hardy was already under suspension from the company.
Hardy was driving his 2009 Corvette when he ran off the road and hit a tree. He was the only person in the car and didn't suffer any injuries. A trooper arrested Hardy after he "observed signs of impairment" and he was charged with DWI (driving while intoxicated). No contraband was found in the car and the results of Hardy's blood test are pending.
I can't say I'm surprised by DWI, but I'm mildly surprised by the firing since Hardy's brother Jeff made his TNA debut on the same day that he was indicted on drug charges. As I wrote about a little over a week ago, both Matt Hardy and his brother Jeff Hardy clearly have issues, to the point that TNA had suspended them until they attend rehab for substance abuse problems.
Jeff had effectively been suspended after showing up for his Victory Road main event with Sting in no condition to perform. Matt was suspended for showing up late to multiple shows and shooting a YouTube video where he and Jeff held down and used a Taser on his girlfriend, Reby Sky.
The expectation had been that if they ever agreed to do so, it would be part of WWE's program for wrestlers who had been under contract in the past. Having said that, if Jeff Hardy's drug charges are ever settled with a plea bargain, he may be forced to attend court-ordered rehab. Assuming Matt Hardy's blood test comes back positive for intoxicants of some kind, he could have a similar future ahead of him.