A sensational news ignited Wrestling. WWE has indeed announced the release of Jeff Hardy. As everyone knows by now, Cameron's 44-year-old had been banned from a live event organized by the Stamford federation in Texas last week.
The Charismatic Enigma had been sent home and replaced by Rey Mysterio, with no further details on the affair being disclosed. There were many who feared that Jeff had fallen back into the spiral of alcohol and drugs, demons that heavily influenced his career.
Despite the assurances of his wife Beth, concern increased as the hours passed and WWE decided to end the relationship with the athlete. According to well-known journalist Sean Ross Sapp, Vince McMahon's company offered to help the wrestler overcome his problems, but the latter refused.
Hardy was supposed to go up against Happy Corbin in the next episode of SmackDown. As part of the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast, Andrew Zarian explained how the last two weeks have been very tough for Jeff Hardy. "From what I've been told, Jeff's situation wasn't as delicate as it used to be.
Occasionally he drank more than he should, but everything was under control. In the past two weeks, things have literally plummeted. This is what I was told. I can only hope that Hardy will recover," confided Zarian. Jeff was a three-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship and twice the heavyweight title.
Hardy became the ninth wrestler in WWE history to have completed the Grand Slam and one of only five to have done so in both formats. He is also known for his TNA militancy, where he won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and twice the TNA World Tag Team Championship (along with his brother Matt).
WWE may also release Goldberg!
Over the past few months, WWE has worked hard to cut all those unnecessary costs that have weighed on its coffers for years. The problem is that by cutting those costs, the federation has gone to release several employees, including wrestlers, road agents, referees, various insiders and even employees of the Stamford offices, with the WWE two years ago having at least 300 employees in more.
Obviously, all this was for a good 50% initially due to the covid, with the global academy that for almost a whole year blocked the WWE entirely, without letting any fans enter the live shows of the company, which had to invent itself also the ThunderDome, to remedy the lack of noise and people in the stands.
The loss of live show revenue and the missed tours that brought WWE a lot of money, even for the merchandise sold, as well as for the tickets sold, meant that WWE put in place a policy of unnecessary cost cutting, which not going to look anyone in the face, eventually seeing big names such as Braun Strowman, Nia Jax or Bray Wyatt excluded from the WWE main roster.
Apparently, after seeing the abandonment of the WWE of great athletes like Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Daniel Bryan, another great athlete could leave, obviously here we are talking about a real pro-wrestling legend: Bill Goldberg, already WWE Hall of Famer, as well as a recent former McMahon Federation World Champion.
In his agreement with the McMahons, there would in fact still be a match to be played, but as regards several insiders, the contract but above all the remuneration received by Goldberg, would be far too high for WWE and its new standards.
In his last speech to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wanted to say: "The biggest name that has a contract that is about to expire is Goldberg, who still has only one match left in his contract. His deal brings back a very large amount of money to have only a couple of matches a year and I believe that for the moment we will not have any cuts in this regard.
It's a deal that wouldn't make sense in AEW because they don't have the Saudi mainstream and the sheikhs' money on their side. Goldberg is 55 and I don't know if they think they'll keep this nostalgia effect, but they don't have any other big attractions other than Lesnar and Edge (and Shane McMahon who is still under contract) because I doubt Paul Levesque will fight again and Undertaker is done by now.
, even Undertaker and Austin have a very expensive agreement (as Ric Flair had), so as to remain in the company for life."