I don't think his legal fees are as big of a deal as people seem to make them out to be. He left WWE and they wanted him back, even after his arrest. He could have went back to WWE at the beginning of 2010 and got a big payday but decided to go to TNA instead.
I don't think he is a big money guy. He left WWE and left alot of money on the table and when they fired him the first time all he had to do was go to rehab to keep his job and he didn't want to. I think he is comfortable in TNA and likes the schedule. Even with a lighter schedule in WWE they are still going to give him restrictions on what he can and can't do outside of WWE, TNA isn't going to do that.
I don't care to be honest. WWE has good talent anyways and Matt & Jeff just seems like a whole lot of baggage for a slightly above average performer and a wildcard. They have good talent right now and they should focus on developing them. Sandow, Cesaro and Ryback are all good talents that they can capitalize and count on for a longer term than Matt and Jeff... Not a wise business move in my opinion.
I think TNA is the perfect fit for him anyway. In WWE I think he will have a harder time staying clean because of the schedule (even if was reduced it would still be tougher). WWE would also have to hold him down a bit and not get totally behind him because they would be afraid of him failing a drug test again. I don't think it makes sense for either party really.
TNA is a way better fit for him, but does TNA really offer similar money? I really don't know how much their wrestlers make. I googled it and couldn't really find a good answer. I found 2. 250K and 1 Mil. WWE could pretty easily offer him 4 million a year, and give Matt a 500K contract. It would be worth it for them. Would Jeff not take that? If Jeff Hardy went back to WWE right now he would be the biggest star in the business. Now that he is sober he probably knows that. I am against WWE signing him and don't think he will stay sober, but Jeff would make WWE tons of money and both sides know that.
Here is the thing with TNA. They have a backer that is worth more than Vince and his company. The things is Dixies parents and I am assuming board members won't go all in on TNA. However when it comes to contracts the bigger names (from both TNA and WWE) are rumored to be paid pretty good.
The last number I herd on guys like Joe and Styles were north of $300,000. I am 99 percent sure Mr. Anderson gets $5,000 a week not counting merchandise stuff.
No matter how much money the people behind TNA have they may not be able to pay a wrestler say 4 times what they are now. Not to mention Jeff going to WWE may be the only way to get Matt a job and Jeff has always let Matt drag him down.
The ending to Matt's last WWE tenure was just a mess. With all the social media stuff he pulled when under contract, and after he was released, it seemed as if he burned all his bridges with the company. Jeff I could see happening while Matt not so much.
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They wouldn't even pass the drug tests. TNA will keep Hardy as champion to keep him happy.
I mentioned the fact that Matt has always dragged Jeff down even when they were a tag team. Now that Jeff is a singles competitor, we can really see how much athletic ability he has. I would love to see Jeff back in WWE but as was stated before can he really pass their drug screening?
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I would pass if I were the WWE. Plenty of young talent to give time to rather than rehashing old stars.