Oh, this is so TNA/Scott Steiner/Jeff Hardy/sad.
Earlier this year, Steiner was sued by the company for making a series of disparaging remarks about its talent on Twitter, most notably Hulk Hogan. That didn't stop him and that case has a hearing set for Nov. 30 to dismiss the lawsuit.
Now, it is Steiner who has decided to go after TNA. And he's making some pretty serious claims. The Nashville City Paper has the story:
This time, Steiner claims TNA allowed wrestler Jeff Hardy to enter the ring during a match last year in Mount Pleasant, Mich., while under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.
According to the lawsuit filed in Davidson County Circuit Court, Steiner suffered nerve damage in his shoulder and neck as well as a bicep injury due to what he called Hardy's reckless, drunken wrestling.
The lawsuit states, "[TNA] knew or should have known that their agent, employee, representative, and/or servant was too incapacitated, intoxicated and/or under the influence of a controlled substance and should not have been allowed to enter the ring thus endangering the life, health, well being and safety of Scott Rechsteiner."
Seeing as Hardy has a well known and thoroughly documented history of drug and a alcohol abuse, one that led to his spending 10 days in jail, this isn't something we can simply pass off as ludicrous. Hardy was inexplicably allowed to work a main event match at the Victory Road pay-per-view (PPV) on March 13, 2011, against Sting despite being in no condition to perform, resulting in a short match where Sting actually had to shoot pin Hardy to avoid any further embarrassment.
He was allowed to come back but only under certain conditions, one of which includes his not using or being under the influence during any TNA events he's scheduled to perform at. By all accounts, he's been just fine since that debacle but the lawsuit, which is for $750,000, asserts that the match happened in November of last year. That would fall within the time frame where Hardy wasn't supposed to have any of these issues.
There's no telling what will come of this but we'll keep you up to date on all of it.