The September 24 Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that there are several reasons as to why Jeff Hardy was chosen to headline the main event of TNA’s Bound of Glory PPV vs. Austin Aries instead of James Storm or other wrestlers. First and foremost, Hardy is TNA’s top merchandise-mover by a landslide, which does make a difference. Secondly, since Bound for Glory is airing in movie theaters across the country, Hardy is one of Impact Wrestling’s more recognizable names that people will notice on the marquee. Lastly, Hardy’s contract is up in February so don’t be surprised if he beats Austin Aries at Bound for Glory to keep him happy so he doesn’t jump ship and go back to WWE … if WWE would have him back. On this point, The Observer states:
“Another key is that Hardy’s contract expires in February, and they want to make him as happy as possible so he decides to stay. While losing him wouldn’t hurt ratings, and really with the numbers they are getting these days, it may not hurt attendance that much (TNA’s crowds are way down from when Hardy first arrived and was a legit draw for them) but would be a killer when it comes to merchandise where Hardy is so far and away above everyone else that it’s not even close. Whether he can go back to WWE is a question, although history says he can. In the past, when Hardy had his issues that cost him his job, when one company finally had enough and would fire him, the other would take him back and ignore his track record, both with their own company and with the other company. Now, he’s been out of trouble for the most part and turned his life around, plus, he’s a real top tier main eventer in a company short on them. And even if Hardy wouldn’t want the WWE schedule and restrictions, the idea of the Hardy Boys together on the indie scene would allow both to make their own schedules and earn a solid income.”
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