Exclusive Backstage Raw News & Jeff Hardy Contract Update

Chris Cash

I received word today that Jeff Hardy will in fact be taking time off after SummerSlam.  Sources claim that Jeff Hardy was actually surprised that WWE put the title on him because they had known at that point he was going to be leaving to "pursue other interests".  We’ve also heard that they could be negotiating a deal where Jeff still receives some type of retainer payment for merchandising while he’s off television.  If they do go with this, I’m sure it would include him not appearing for other televised wrestling companies (possibly any other promotion), but Jeff is telling everyone he does not want to leave to pursue other companies.  Given these new reports, it’s safe to assume Hardy will be dropping the title again either at SummerSlam or between now and then. 

I also heard earlier today that quite a few wrestlers were frustrated backstage prior to Raw going on the air.  Vince McMahon was reportedly very consumed with Piven and his portions on the show that he was virtually not even there.  Stephanie was either occupied or not there (I heard both) and wrestlers were not able to pitch ideas or talk about their segments because everyone was practically unreachable.  The fear is that it may not change anytime soon with more celebrity hosts getting involved with future editions of the show. 

The Heyman Hustle, now being presented by our sister site CraveOnline.com, has some new, exclusive, and very revealing pictures of Missy Hyatt posted on their site.  Heyman and Hyatt have had a very long history and made a very good combination, if you recall, when she appeared on The Heyman Hustle video series last season.  The following is a sample of the gallery and there’s plenty more where this came from; check them out HERE

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