has confirmed via Facebook that TNA Champion Jeff Hardy was pulled from the tour of the UK. The company claims it was an injury (and there will be an angle to explain it on the January 24 episode of iMPACT
! Wrestling) but it's actually because Hardy can't travel due to his legal problems. He has a felony on his record and that prevents him from traveling overseas at the current time.
Sting will replace Hardy on the tour. This means that unless Hardy is on the show through pre-taped vignettes or interviews, he will miss four weeks of iMPACT! Wrestling TV. Hardy has been advertised for the tour since tickets went on sale eight months ago.
Here is the official announcement:
TNA IMPACT WRESTLING regrets to inform our fans in the UK and Ireland that Jeff Hardy will not be on the Road To Lockdown Tour, due to an injury sustained on the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING show on January 18.
However we are delighted to announce that ‘The Icon' Sting will be replacing Jeff at the TNA live events in Dublin, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and London.
Also appearing on all five shows will be global wrestling superstars including Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Magnus, RVD, Tara and Velvet Sky.
The Immortal Hulk Hogan and Brooke Hogan were recently added to the roster for TNA's TV tapings in Manchester and London.
The stars of TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp – Marty Scurll, Rockstar Spud and The Blossom Twins – will also be appearing in Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and London.
-- Here is what is set for TNA iMPACT! on Thursday, January 24:
* TNA champ Jeff Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels.
* TNA X-Division champ Rob Van Dam & Christian York vs. Kenny King & Zema Ion.
* TNA Knockouts champion Tara vs. Velvet Sky.
* TNA Tag Team champion Hernandez vs. Bobby Roode.
* Also appearing are Hulk Hogan, Sting, Bully Ray, Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson.