Three words for Jeff Hardy: Appearance of impropriety. Look, maybe you were drunk. Maybe you werenâ<80><99>t drunk. Not being allowed on the plane does not look good. The story is not whether Hardy did or did not drink or whether he should or should not imbibe. The point is that he got himself in a spot of trouble because he appeared to be impaired. WWE has a policy and Hardy apparently did not violate it. That is not the issue. Itâ<80><99>s a warning sign. Hopefully, itâ<80><99>s a wake-up call for a very talented wrestler. Hardy has two strikes and just swung for a foul ball. Heâ<80><99>s still at the plate.
The final word on Jake Roberts now that all is quiet. Hopefully, he gets the help he needs. But I think his days competing in the ring should be over. The business obviously brings out the demons in him. Disrespecting it is one thing. Putting yourself and others at risk because of your actions is quite another. He needs to keep himself clean, sober and healthy. As hard on him as I was this week, I do want the â<80><9c>Snakeâ<80> to live a good long life. He still has time to turn things aroundâ<80>¦preferably as a retired ring competitor. Oh, and lose the assistant.
The winner of the week is the guy who sold Hulk Hogan his condo. While happily married — or just married — Hulk and Linda put down the $840,000 deposit to purchase the abode. Now, it looks as if the Hulkster will only get $200,000 back. That means the seller gets a cool $600K for his efforts and keeps the condo. Nice work. Thatâ<80><99>s a lot of hair bleach and hours of fake bakinâ<80><99> on the tanning bed that the Hogans are out. This would be a truly sad situation if the family would just stay out of the headlines. Keep things private and try to heal.
What is it with Booker T and accents? While he reigned as WWEâ<80><99>s King of the Ring, he took on an albeit bad British accent. It was like a high school performance of Spamalot. According to The WZ by way of the Observer, Booker is mimicking the 2006 performance of Forrest Whittaker as Idi Amin in the Last King of Scotland. Huh?
Finally, in an earlier column, I wrote about the PWI 500. Iâ<80><99>ve had a chance to look at the list. One of my favorite parts of the annual rankings is the bottom 100 and the names that occupy it. Here are some favorites:
Jumping Jeff Jeffrey
And my absolute favorite — The Guy with Red Hair
Classic. Keep it up, boys. Youâ<80><99>re the heart and soul of this business.