— On the heels of the recently strengthened WWE Wellness Policy — which is supposed to close some of the loopholes — there is a huge fear among some of the wrestlers about getting fired due to it because there isn’t a viable “WCW-like” promotion out there. TNA isn’t perceived to be on the same level as WCW because there’s a lot less money and exposure. While TNA has a rep for hiring talent fired for drug issues in WWE, at this point, they’re not going to take a fired WWE wrestler who lost his job over a drug test failure unless he is a top level star or friends with the right people in TNA — and that’s a pretty small list.
— Matt Hardy posted the following blog on his MySpace page regarding his recent health issues: I AM STILL ALIVE As most of you know, I experienced a ruptured appendix which released toxins that internally poisoned me on Tuesday. After being in excruciating pain for nearly 24 hours, I went under the knife late Tuesday night and had my appendix removed. For the last four days, I’ve been virtually bed-ridden in Tampa General Hospital. For those four days, I’ve been having my body intravenously pumped and flushed with powerful antibiotics to kill the infections within my abdomen caused by the toxins. It wasn’t exactly the way I planned on spending Thanksgiving of 07–away from home, away from my family, and in torturous pain. But it was a good Thanksgiving nonetheless-because I’m very thankful I’m still alive. I’ve got alot left to do in this life, and I wanna thank God for continuing to give me that opportunity. I’ll speak on all this in greater length later, but I need my sleep now… Thank you guys-for all your support and get well soon wishes, they mean alot… Matt
— It’s interesting to note that WWE is usually offering up CM Punk as their role model for CNN, USA Today and NBC among others when they need to have a current WWE star discuss drugs in professional wrestling.
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