If you’ve been paying attention to the wrestling internet in the past couple of months, you’re probably aware that there is an ongoing legal skirmish between the WWE, Impact Wrestling, and Matt and Jeff Hardy over who, exactly, owns the rights to the intellectual property known as the “Broken Universe” — the Hardy’s wildly strange (yet successful) gimmick in Impact Wrestling that included things like Broken Matt, Brother Nero and the Final Deletion.
Since returning to the WWE at WrestleMania 33, the Hardy’s haven’t really used any of those mannerisms, which is almost certainly a result of the questionable legal status of the the gimmick. Everyone involved has acknowledged that the Broken Brilliance is pretty much on hold until WWE legal sorts everything out.
So it’s quite interesting that the WWE posted a 15-minute interview with the Hardys on the WWE Network, in which Cody Graves asks specifically about the gimmick and how difficult it was to leave it behind (at least for now).
Matt teased that the Broken Universe will eventually find its way on to WWE television, even teasing Impact Wrestling by calling Jeff by his real-life middle name of Nero.
Graves: Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, to the best of your ability. What is the status of your shattered or broken personas coming here in WWE?
Matt: I definitely think there’s a chance. It’s something that’s a work in progress. Unfortunately, because of legal reasons, I really can’t go into that right now. But I find it very flattering and humbling that every time we come wrestle in front of the WWE Universe they chant, and they address it and they acknowledge it. Please, keep doing that. We love it when they do that. And hopefully sooner rather than later we’ll be able to go into more detail about everything.
When it happens – I’m not even gonna say if – when it happens, it’s gonna be the most exciting thing to hit WWE programming in a long long time. We’re gonna keep people guessing.
Jeff: I’m so glad that my middle name’s Nero… I’ve always loved it, but I love it more than ever now…
Matt: Ladies and gentleman, I give you my brother – comma – Nero. See, they can’t do anything about that, know what I mean?
The legal battle for the rights tot he gimmick is ongoing, as Anthem Entertainment (who now own Impact Wrestling) seem determined to try and hang on. Or at least demand an even higher payday to relinquish the rights entirely. Of course, Matt and Jeff argue that Anthem don’t own the rights at all, since the Broken characters were entirely their creation. Fans will just have wait and see how everything turns out.