Update: Backstage Heat on Jeff Hardy, Where’s Beth Phoenix?

Nick Paglino

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that there is apparently some backstage heat on Jeff Hardy for waiting so long to inform WWE of his plans to either re-sign with the company or go on a hiatus. The general backstage feeling is that Hardy is choosing a bad time to take time off from WWE right now as he is needed on the Smackdown brand with both Edge and The Undertaker currently sidelined with injuries. Hardy’s possible hiatus from the company is the reason why both John Morrison and Dolph Ziggler have been pushed hard in recent weeks.

The Wrestling Observer is also reporting that Beth Phoenix has not been seen on TV as of late because WWE is focusing more on "bikini" style Divas at the moment. It should be noted that Phoenix is not injured nor does she have any heat on her within WWE, but at this time she is not being considered for the title picture and has been kept off TV heading into Night of Champions. Ironically, the segment on Raw 2 weeks ago which saw the Divas of Raw in a bikini match lost 250,000 viewers coming off the previous segment.

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