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Matt Hardy's Release, Samoa Joe/WWE Rumors, The Public Image Of The Hardy's, WWE Divas

Written by Richard Gray on Aug 22, 2011 - 9:49:19 AM

Why was Matt Hardy released over one incident involving a DWI when his brother Jeff has had much more serious charges that have been going on for over a year, but he has stayed with the company?

Matt Hardy was suspended from Impact Wrestling back in June for showing up late for shows. Once the company learned he was arrested on suspicion of DWI over the weekend, they immediately released him from his contract. While Impact Wrestling is looking to cut roster expenses, Hardy had backstage heat and the incident this weekend was the final straw. As for Matt getting released before Jeff, I'm told Dixie Carter feels Jeff needs help and is willing to help him. I am actually surprised Jeff was not released after the debacle at Victory Road in March.

Can you confirm reports that Samoa Joe has agreed to join WWE when his contract with Impact Wrestling expires?

People close to Samoa Joe feel he would agree to a WWE deal if offered, however, to report he has agreed to a contract is not true. Joe is friends with John Cena and recently got a big nod of support from Steve Austin. WWE cannot negotiate with talent under contract with another company.

It seems like Matt and Jeff Hardy are killing their legacy outside of the ring. What is your take with what is going on with their lives?

Matt and Jeff Hardy used to be two of the most popular workers with the Internet audience. I would compare their fanbase to that of what CM Punk is currently experiencing. However, behavior on social networking sites compiled with real-life problems involving arrests, drugs and substance abuse and their name is now constantly portrayed in a negative light. I agree problems outside of the ring have overshadowed in-ring success and they both need to get out of the public spotlight while they get their personal lives straight. The first step is getting their personal issues fixed then they can work to repair their public image. However, in order to do this they must stay off the social networking websites and tell their friends such as Shane Helms to be quiet. I checked Helms' Twitter yesterday to see if he had any comments and couldn't believe he was cursing people out over Matt Hardy's arrest. There is a degree of professionalism you must maintain when you are in the public view and I feel that has not been followed.

Where are most of the Divas like Layla and Maryse as it seems the same few are shown over and over?

Layla underwent knee surgery in May and is currently out rehabbing it. Maryse is still around; she's just not receiving a push like that of Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix and Natalya. The TV time for the Divas is limited so there isn't enough room to push them all at once.

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