When The Hardy Boyz made a surprising return to the WWE at WrestleMania 33, many fans were quick to start the “DELETE” chants, referring to their incredibly popular BROKEN gimmick from their time in TNA.
Unfortunately, in the weeks that have followed, the Hardyz have been downplaying all the phrases and actions related to the gimmick. It turns out that there is a big legal battle brewing over who exactly has ownership of the BROKEN universe.
Matt filed for an official trademark on the phrases “Broken Matt,” “Brother Nero,” Vanguard-1″ and “Broken Brilliance” over two months ago. However, last week TNA (now known as Impact Wrestling) filed a claim for the same terms. All of this amidst rumors that the WWE was trying to negotiate the use of the gimmick with TNA. Experts suggest that Impact Wrestling filing their own trademark claim on the BROKEN phrases means that they are prepared to battle it out in court, if necessary.
Matt was not pleased about the latest development, and blasted Impact president Ed Nordholm on Twitter for not letting wrestling fans revel in his BROKEN glory.
— REBORN by FATE (@MATTHARDYBRAND) May 7, 2017
Obviously, this isn’t creating any good will between fans the Impact Wrestling, who are struggling to recover from a near bankruptcy in 2016. Meanwhile, it’s great that the Hardyz are back on Raw, but we really want them to start shouting about things being OBSOLETE and other nonsense.