But then the title in the match wouldn't mean as much as it'd be "Bully vs. A&8s rep, and oh yeah Daniels is in it to and it's for the title". And as much as Daniels has been great, he's not a long-term champ when there's a clear lack of top faces on the roster that you can use given stips and you don't change long-term plans because of this.
Plus, who's to say Hardy is just going to be off tv the entire time. They can do updates on him to push his return and if he is going to face an A&8 rep for the title at Lockdown they can start the buildup there.
It doesn't matter if he's at home, it's so clear that this was impromptu booking that was a cause of putting the Championship on a convicted felon. They had two options, one made them look somewhat bad, the other made them look terrible. They chose to write off their champion for one month.
This isn't about me not liking the product I see. It's far, far, far past that. If it's Garrett Bischoff Vs. Wes Brisco that they've decided to do, it's a completely different story. That was a choice they made. They did not advertise that they would be showing us prime Shawn Michaels Vs. Prime The Rock for the first time ever. They did not advertise Brock/Rock II. They advertised Garrett Bischoff Vs. Wes Brisco. That's boring and bad, but it's their real choice.
Jeff Hardy being the champion was a move made by TNA to gain publicity, and hopefully advertise him to the WWE fans who miss him. This was a selection I disagree with. It makes me pretty pissed every time I think that he is currently the champion, but I can deal with that. It was their choice. It makes sense.
However, when they pretend that a man could not go overseas because he was beaten with a rubber hammer, when in reality that man is actually a convicted felon, fine.
But, when that man is also treated as the number one guy in TNA in kayfabe terms, and he is given a large gold belt to signify that, that's when I draw the line. Probably 97 or 98% of wrestling fans know that wrestling is staged, and the outcomes are all predetermined. We like to forget that though. I know I sure as hell do. I don't like to think "Where is the toughest guy on the roster? The main man? The tough guy? The dude I'm watching this for? Oh, shoot, he got injured. Must just be a coincidence that he's also a convicted felon, and that we're in the United Kingdom for the only episodes that he's injured for, and that sometimes convicted felons are not allowed to leave the country. Weird coincidence."
Now, I'm not that much of a mark. In fact, I probably don't forget enough that I'm watching a staged product with predetermined outcomes. However, I can't help but know deep that down that I'm being cheated and not shown my champion, because he is a convicted felon. That is not right.
It's even worse that they've advertised him as being there for the event, clear false advertising.