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Hardy News: Matt Hardy announces he's going to rehab, WWE involved

Sep 19, 2011 - 7:24:14 PM
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Video URL: http://youtu.be/GYCkrzLR4B8

By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

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Recently-released TNA wrestler Matt Hardy says he's voluntarily checking himself into a three-month rehab program with help from WWE.

"I finally made the decision - the very conscious decision - with the help of WWE, Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis, and Ann Russo that I'm going to rehab," Hardy said in a YouTube announcement Monday.

Hardy said he pushed his body beyond the limits he could handle in the wrestling business and "medicated myself to get through the days and it became too much of a problem."

"In the last month, I did all I could to clean myself up, but I ended up using something else to 'even things out,'" Hardy said.

Hardy said he plans to open up a wrestling school after completing the three-month rehab process. He closed his announcement saying, "I have made the voluntary decision to go to rehab and get myself together."

Caldwell's Analysis: If this is legit and not another chapter in the Matt Hardy Branding Game, then good for Matt admitting he has an issue and doing something about it before he becomes another wrestling statistic. No one wants to see him become another statistic. It's worth noting Hardy is currently faced with charges stemming from two DUI-related arrests over the past month, which brings up the question of whether he finally decided to seek rehab to help with his legal defense - showing he's trying to correct an issue to potentially receive a lesser punishment. At this point, whatever it takes to get Hardy to rehab is a good thing.

[Torch photo credit Wade Keller (c) PWTorch.com]


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