Goofy facepaint, weird character, general lack of promo ability, and stature be damned, Jeff Hardy is a draw for TNA.
That's not exactly breaking news but he continues to prove as much with preliminary estimates for the Genesis pay-per-view (PPV) event that took place this past Jan. 13, 2013, at the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, having come in at 12-13,000, according to the Wrestling Observer.
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The PPV numbers continued to grow with Jeff Hardy as champion, slightly, as Genesis did an estimated 12,000 to 13,000 buys. It's not much of a difference, but it is a difference from the 7,000 to 10,000 that most of the shows last year did and the difference started with the putting Hardy over as champion.
Hardy got the title at Bound for Glory in October last year after a big push that saw him win the Bound for Glory Series. He's been defending it each month ever since and as stated, numbers have gone up. They're still nowhere near acceptable levels, which is why the company recently announced major plans to overhaul its PPV schedule in 2013, but it's a good start to get on the path to respectability.
With Hardy leading the charge, it might actually happen.
This also gives "The Charismatic Enigma" a bit of leverage in his contract negotiations that are coming up here shortly. He said he wants to sing at Bound for Glory this year with his band and as long as he's doing business like this, TNA has little reason to say no.
So get ready for that, Cagesiders.