TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter announced that the match between Aces and 8’s vs. the Main Event Mafia will not be taking place on this Thursday’s Hardcore Justice event on Impact. Instead, the match has been pushed back a week to the August 22 edition of Impact Wrestling.
Carter posted the following:
— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) August 12, 2013
The most logical reason for this is because Kurt Angle — who is a part of this match — is currently in rehab following his recent DWI arrest. If this indeed the case for the match being pushed back a week, that would mean Angle would be in rehab for about three weeks before checking out or at least leaving for this match.
You would hope that Angle along with TNA Wrestling is taking his problem very seriously. However, if he stays in rehab for anything less than 30 days, many people will have doubts about his sincerity to battling this issue. There are even those that believe Angle should stay in rehab for as much as 60 days considering this is his fourth related DWI issue although he has either gotten off or had the charges reduced in the first three cases.
Angle is committed to his job and no one can question that. It’s whether or not he has that same commitment to overcoming this personal problem and how serious he is treating it.
Hardcore Justice on Thursday is headlined by TNA World Champion Chris Sabin defending his title against Bully Ray in a steel cage match. Plus, there will be a Bound for Glory series ladder match with Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries vs. Kazarian.
UPDATE: The August 22nd edition of Impact Wrestling will be taped after the show on August 15. So, it’s not certain why the match is being pushed back. It could possibly be just to have a big match on that show and not just have one big loaded show on August 15.