That wasn’t always the case, but Hardy managed to get his life on track in recent years. The company recently announced re-signing one of its most popular stars to a new two-year deal. Among the factors that influenced Hardy’s decision was how supportive TNA has been in nurturing his musical and artistic projects. His band Peroxwhy?gen collaborated with the company’s composer Dale Oliver and finished their 10-song album in Nashville last week. Look for it to be available in June or July.
“Just being in TNA there are those times where I can be home for a week straight,” Hardy said. “However, for example, March is crazy busy for me. Me being in TNA, I just like being the alternative. I like being the other place to be or to believe in. Who’s to say 15 years from now it can’t reach those WWE heights? Time will tell.”
The promotion is taking its next step in its evolution later when the Impact Wrestling show on Spike TV leaves the comfort of the Impact Zone at Universal Orlando for the road fulltime. Chicago gets the first taping 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14 from the Sears Centre Arena.
“It’s time to get out of there and on the road,” Hardy said. “I’m sure there will be an opportunity to come back there for a reunion show, but I think it’s time.”
The TNA champ is optimistic about his employer’s future and his own as well. At this point in his career, Hardy has no signs of stopping.
“It’s always going to be in my blood, and I think my body will tell me when I need to stop,” Hardy, 35, said. “Hopefully, I’ll be 45- or 50-years-old and still want to have a match. Time will tell, and my body will tell.
“…In 2013, I think it’s going to be the most exciting time in my wrestling career. In 2012, I set a goal to have a great 2012, and I had a phenomenal 2012. It was the best year of my professional career so far. In 2013, it’s going to be even more exciting because more of the true Charismatic Enigma is going to be seen. There is going to be lots of exciting things that are going to happen.”
• Jeff Hardy defends the TNA championship versus Bully Ray in a steel cage at the TNA Lockdown pay-per-view 8 p.m. EST Sunday, March 10 from the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The event is also highlighted by the Lethal Lockdown match featuring the Aces & Eights (Devon, Mr. Anderson, D.O.C, Garett and Knux) battling Team TNA (Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe, James Storm and Eric Young).
Kurt Angle will battle Wes Brisco.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries defend the TNA tag team titles against Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero.
Velvet Sky wrestles Gail Kim for TNA Knockouts gold.
One-time bros Robbie E and Robbie T will also face off.
A limited number of premium seats for Lockdown pay-per-view event have been released to the public. The newly available tickets, primarily floor seats previously held for television production purposes, can be purchased through the arena’s website www.alamodome.com or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $15.
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