We’ve been loosely covering the ongoing legal drama between Matt and Jeff Hardy, Impact Wrestling, and the WWE when it comes to who owns the rights to the Hardy “Broken Universe,” a collection of wrestling gimmicks and phrases that include Broken Matt, Brother Nero, and #BRILLIANT.
When the Hardys left TNA Wrestling (later renamed to Impact Wrestling and now apparently called Global Force Wrestling) when their contracts were finished, it was assumed they would be allowed to continue using the Broken Hardy gimmick. Then TNA (or IW or GFW. Whatever) decided to legally claim ownership of the intellectual property, which means that Matt and Jeff have mostly kept the Broken gimmick off television since returning to the WWE at WrestleMania 33.
The WWE legal team got involved, and then (like most legal battles) we didn’t hear anything for a while. These things take time, after all. But a recent tweet by Matt Hardy suggests that the struggle is almost over, and we could see the debut of Broken Hardy characters on WWE television very soon.
— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) July 2, 2017
It’s not just that one tweet, though. The Wrestling Observer Radio also reported that the Hardys, the WWE, and Anthem (the company that owns Impact Wreslting… errr, that is, GFW) are close to a settlement. That’s great news for wrestling fans, who have been clamoring to chant #DELETE along with Broken Matt and Brother Nero at WWE shows.