Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Jeff Hardy WWE Controversy

There continues to be talk amongst analysts, media and wrestling fans alike regarding the angle played out with Jeff Hardy at last weekend's Survivor Series. The story had reports that Jeff was found unconscious in his Boston hotel room. Many shocked fans immediately jumped to horrifying conclusions that Jeff had overdosed. Hardy's already had two WWE Wellness policy violations resulting in suspensions, so it tied in with his real life demons. This all took Jeff out of the WWE Title Triple Threat match at Survivor Series 2008. Luckily, Jeff showed up anyways and went after Edge, who is believed to be the assailant in Jeff's storyline. The story was reported by WWE to have been picked up by media outlets such as TMZ and CNN, which was also fake.

The reason many see this angle as poor taste is simple. The WWE has had tragic deaths that were far from written storylines and nothing anyone from WWE would ever have wished for. Eddie Guerrero and Brian Pillman are just two superstars who come to mind, both dead due to drug issues. For the WWE to use a fake tragic situation in order to pull the wool over fan's eyes, seems in poor taste. It was mainly a diversion tactic, so fans would be concerned over Jeff's situation and not notice that Edge was set to return and take the WWE title.

You can argue on the flipside that there's been plenty of other storylines that have come and gone which have been highly controversial in nature. The fans seem to forgive and forget somewhat. Take for example the whole "Mr. McMahon dies in an exploding white limo after Raw" story. Fans were shocked by the story, which was covered on the news but only to note it was a stunt. Despite that, WWE ran fake FBI briefings and showed stories of fans showering WWE headquarters with memorial items for the assumed to be deceased chairman. I'm not sure if you can rule out anything in the WWE anymore as they prey upon controversy to hype up their brand of sports entertainment.

So do you feel the WWE's Jeff Hardy story was done in poor taste or just another WWE angle? Voice your opinions in the comment section below.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was very distasteful and honestly....as soon as Edge was brought out to take Jeff's place i knew that it was completely bogus....
WWE needs to find better ways to hype up their fans and business

December 2, 2008 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another stunt by WWE same as always,as it is always done in poor taste-

December 3, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

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