I said up above that I met him and it was sort of a social situation, although he was clearly there for hire. As I said, he seemed like a nice enough guy and actually pretty smart but I'll repeat that he seemed weary. Weary and wary. No way to be himself, just putting on a face for the crowd and being on the arm of the ancient queen who brought and bought him there. I wouldn't be surprised if he talked bad about his Johns behind their backs because he was well aware that everything was all just a transaction. He might have made a ton of money from it but it looked exhausting to try to be Zeb Atlas all the time in these public functions. What happened behind closed doors was undoubtedly worse.
Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.
Hardy debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on June 23, 2004, at the Second Anniversary Show , in a match against . Styles , for the TNA X Division Championship .  He also debuted his new entrance theme "Modest", a song performed by Hardy himself, and a new nickname, "The Charismatic Enigma".  The match ended in a no contest when Kid Kash and Dallas interfered.  Hardy returned to TNA on July 21 and was awarded a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship .  Hardy challenged for the title on September 8, losing to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett .  In October 2004, he won a tournament,  earning a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on November 7 at Victory Road , TNA's first monthly pay-per-view.  Hardy was defeated by Jarrett once again in a ladder match at Victory Road following interference from Kevin Nash and Scott Hall .