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Reby Hardy revelas Impact Wrestling is suing The Hardys, Hardys unable to use ‘Broken’ gimmick at ROH PPV yesterday

The relationship between The Hardys and Impact Wrestling has never been worst.

Yesterday (Fri. March 10, 2017) ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy defended their Ring Of Honor (ROH) Tag Team Championships at the ROH 15th Anniversary pay-per-view (PPV). PWInsider reports that due to legal issues Hardy was unable to act out his ‘Broken’ gimmick on the PPV, as Anthem issued a cease and desist order to the PPV providers. The report also suggests that this is not an order from Jeff Jarret, but Anthem who believes that the gimmick is ‘their intellectual property.’

Impact Wrestling President Ed Nordholm took to Twitter to thank Matt for his time with the company, and noted that his ‘Broken Brilliance’ will be left behind in Impact:

This sparked a vicious Twitter rant from Matt’s wife, Reby Hardy, who revealed that Impact is suing The Hardys over their ‘Broken’ gimmick, and even tried to attack her father as well. She also stated “Good luck explaining to your talent that their pay checks are late (again) because you’re spending all your $$ suing the Hardys.” Check it out:

“LMAO F–K YOU GUYS @EdNordholm @RealJeffJarrett @IMPACTWRESTLING. MORE than happy to play this game Can we just talk about how many times Matt’s contract could have been broken due to NUMEROUS issues on TNA end and never made a fuss about sh*t, but MFers wanna try & come at us NOW, *after the fact*?! Don’t you have an owl to promote or some sh*t!? Or – I dunno – a company to “make great”? Instead of acting like the petty little bi**hes you are????

“Speaking of petty, nice video package on TNA’s “history”: with NO visual or mention of Jeff – who gave his all for 7 YEARS – or Kurt?! But y’all sure made sure to get those two video ID shoots of Jeff Jarrett in there LMAO. But it’s “just business, brother”, right? PETTY. Everything these boys have done for the company & you wanna try & f–k us for the sake of it. Literally no other reason except YOU MAD lol.

“How about my husband leaving me A DAY AFTER GIVING BIRTH to make your TV tapings? That’s how dedicated this MFer was to the company. How about how the 3 highest rated TV segments of 2016 were financed by HARDYS solely to help the product & because they BELIEVED IN TNA. Or ALL THE SH*T TALKING BY JJ throughout contract negotiations & Matt was STILL THERE, professional & trying to make things work for 2017!

“Oh & this the best part…these MFers trying to come after SEÑOR BENJAMIN. LMAO I CANT. “Señor Benjamin” – my dad, by the way – who was never paid a dime by the company & who was obviously never under contract. Not that those contract things mean anything to TNA. Until after they’re over or until 3 days before they expire, apparently.

“Funny thing is, everyone who ever actually had anything to do with #BROKEN Matt Hardy has our back on this. WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOU? D**n near 20% of your roster leaving in the span of a week, all citing the same reasons or none at all. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

“And then a fakea** “wishing you well” tweet from @EdNordholm, mere HOURS before threatening to sue us. SUCH A FITTING END, MAN. Seriously, you couldn’t write this sh*t. Well. TNA couldn’t write this sh*t. Any writers worth a sh*t left too! Real cute how TNA can go radio silent for WEEKS (with exception of nonsensical drunk texts from JJ) but we get a 2 hour deadline to respond. F–k you think this is, “Taken”? LOL I can’t.

“Good luck explaining to your talent that their pay checks are late (again) because you’re spending all your $$ suing the Hardys. And f–k that owl.”

  • D2K

    That dissertation was pointless as everyone here already knows about the sale.

    The gimmick does NOT belong to Impact Wrestling. Matt Hardy had creative-control over his character meaning that they do not own the rights to that character regardless to who owns the company now that his contract is OVER. He does. He came up with the character himself. It was not developed and given to him by TNA. The gimmick belongs to him. They can still make money off of stuff he has previously done while under contract, but the persona is his and his alone.

    The WWF tried to do this with Scott Hall. They field a lawsuit against WCW because in that case they did own the ‘Razor Ramon’ character and because the nWo angle initially made it seem like the WWF was invading WCW. Bischoff solved this by having Scott Hall and Kevin Nash admit at the Great American Bash that they did not work for the WWF. However, Scott Hall was still able to legally do his Razor Ramon character with all the jargon and mannerisms. He just couldn’t call himself Razor Ramon. Meanwhile the WWF made a fake Razor Ramon and Diesel (Kane) because they owned those trademarks, but Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were every bit of Razor Ramon and Diesel in WCW, just without the names.

    So the “Broken” Matt Hardy character belongs to him unless there is language in his contract that specifically states that any character that he personifies while employed with the company is their intellectual property. In fact, the reason why they left in the first place is because they were trying to take creative-control AWAY from the Hardys. This is just sour grapes because they don’t have any legal recourse but to files a cease and desist lawsuit and hope that the Hardys don’t counter sue.

    Companies do this crap all the time and hope that people are too spooked to take it all the way because it would be an expensive court battle. They know that it’s only a matter of time before the Hardys return to WWE and they are trying to find a way to get money off of the gimmick long-term. Matt Hardy field a trademark for his name a few days ago as well. Impact will not win this. Period.

  • Will Henderson

    actually, the Broken Hardy gimmick belongs to Impact Wrestling, the gimmick was created just for TNA last year. then TNA got bought out by Anthem and when they did buy out TNA not only did they bought out the company and video library and talent, they also bought all of TNA’s intellectual property. so even if the Hardys can try to claim they own their gimmick, they really don’t own as intellectual property of talent that works for TNA belongs to TNA.

    my example is this:say, what if WWE got bought out by Disney and someone who created a clever gimmick in the WWE before an ownership change, then guess who owns said gimmick and it’s trademark, that’s right, not the creator but WWE’s new owners.

  • Mob Starr

    yeah u did call it. and i hope ur right coz im really digging the broken character

  • D2K

    Told people this was going to happen….