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Updated – Matt Hardy Arrested For DWI, Released From TNA Wrestling

Matt Hardy mug shotMatt Hardy is certainly making the most of his “vacation” from TNA Wrestling. TMZ.com is reporting that Matt, while on vacation was arrested in North Carolina for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Hardy is currently on suspension from TNA, so one would presume that this could cost him his job.

The news broke Saturday night and is only starting to develop as of this blog. According to TMZ.com, Matt Hardy was arrested and held at the Moore County Jail in North Carolina today. Hardy was reportedly released around 7 PM/EST.

TMZ further reports that Hardy was discovered showing signs of impairment after his 2009 Corvette hit a tree. Hardy was driving alone and charged with DWI. Hardy did reportedly submit to a blood test and the results are pending. TMZ also reports that no contraband was found in his vehicle. I hope he hid that stun gun well.

Matt Hardy is currently on suspension from TNA Wrestling after joining the company earlier this year. Matt was released from the WWE about 10 months ago after being sent home from a European tour for reportedly violating the Wellness Policy. Matt has denied those charges, including posting several videos on You Tube which show Matt glassy eyed and slurring his speech. It would appear with this arrest that the self destruction of Matt Hardy is coming full circle.

Hardy was sent home from TNA Wrestling shortly after posting a video on You Tube of Matt and his brother Jeff Hardy using a taser gun on Matt’s girlfriend Reby Sky. Dave Meltzer recently reported that TNA have been pressuring Matt and Jeff to go to rehab, yet to be fair Matt and Jeff deny the story.

Matt has been known over the last several months for his controversial behavior in the social media world. It all began when Matt was having his problems with the WWE and went on Twitter encouraging fans to buy tickets to see him in TNA. Since then, Matt has posted a ton of videos of You Tube in which he appears to be inebriated. Since being suspended he also went on Twitter and told TNA fans to ask for refunds from house shows since he wasn’t booked on them. Matt’s latest Twitter posting from yesterday is quite interesting considering today’s turn of events.

It’s time for me to get back to a healthy, happy place, the transformation his now started for me, for us-(New Chapter Will begin new)

That new chapter will likely begin somewhere else after today’s arrest. I can’t imagine TNA Wrestling having any more patience with Matt, especially with his brother already in the midst of a drug trial.

To be fair, Matt was arrested on suspicion. That may be enough to keep his job if this was his first offense, but the countless videos of him on You Tube have gotten to the point of embarrassment. Kurt Angle also faced similar charges a year or so ago but wound up beating them in court, and never faced disciplinary action in the process. Then again, Matt Hardy is certainly no Kurt Angle.

It has gotten past the point of being funny anymore with Matt. This is a guy with serious issues that is stuck in 1998 and refuses to grow up. He has probably done more damage to his reputation in the last year than anyone I have seen in a long time. This won’t help and unfortunately until he acknowledges he has a problem, nothing will change in the immediate future.

Update: TMZ.com is now reporting that TNA Wrestling has released Matt Hardy.

Update: View Matt Hardy’s disturbing mugshot on TMZ.com.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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