We all want to see Broken Matt Hardy in WWE. As nice as the Hardy Boys current run has been, that’s the real ticket we’re all waiting on. Sadly though, it seems an amicable resolution to the entire mess is further away now than every before – with Anthem’s higher-ups stating their done with the entire thing.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Anthem’s Ed Nordholm stated;
“I’ve stopped thinking about this… We have a show to put on, and a company and a brand. We’ve got things on our plate that are more important than sorting out the ‘Broken Brilliance.’ I made a genuine effort to resolve something to benefit the Hardys as a goodwill gesture to Matt. It didn’t reach a conclusion and we’re moving on. We’re not going back to it, I’m not interested in opening a new dialogue, I’m not interested in opening another conversation about it. We made our best effort, it didn’t happen, and I’m not going to negotiate all over again.”
It’s not uncommon for wrestling company’s to hold on to the properties created within them. WWE has stopped numerous wrestlers from using their gimmicks on the independent scene – most notably Cody Rhodes. The big difference with Anthem/The Hardy Boys is that the latter weren’;t actively being paid by TNA for their input. The gimmick was created entirely by Matt Hardy – who filmed everything on his own dime. The fact that it got over so much was down to him – certainly not TNA.
It makes me wonder what Anthem hope to gain from all this. I’ve seen reports stating that their executives believe the PR damage from all this will blow over – but it’s hard to see that when months after the Hardy Boys left TNA – we’re still talking about this legal battle. The whole point of changing into GFW was to not be TNA anymore.
It remains to be seen where this will go next, but don’t be surprised if this ends up in a court at some stage. With so many false flags in recent weeks – this Broken argument is turning into quite the mess.
Do you think Matt and Jeff Hardy are right to fight for their Broken gimmick?