TNA claimed that Hardy was pulled due to an injury (there will be an angle to explain the injury closing out the 1/24 episode of Impact Wrestling) but it's more likely Hardy is unable to travel due to his past legal problems.
TNA has announced that Sting will be replacing Hardy on the tour.
Hardy being yanked means he will miss four weeks of Impact Wrestling TV, unless he is inserted into the show via pre-taped vignettes or interviews.
PWInsider.com has already received negative feedback from readers in that region as Hardy had been advertised for the tour since tickets went on sale eight months ago.
The official announcement reads as follows:
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.