The Broken Hardys were all the rage in 2016, but 2017 has not been as kind Broken Matt Hardy and Brother Nero. They were set to sign a new deal with Impact Wrestling earlier in the year, but talks fell through, and the brothers decided to pursue other opportunities.
Matt and Jeff Hardy signed a short term deal with Ring of Honor, and they defeated The Young Bucks to win the ROH Tag Team Titles during their first night with the company at Manhattan Mayhem. But unfortunately legal issues followed them to ROH, as Impact Wrestling started to send out cease and desist letters in an attempt to prevent them from using the Broken Hardys gimmick while working with another promotion.
The legal battle between Impact Wrestling and the Hardys has been well documented, and it appears to be ongoing. It was recently reported by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE officials plan to work out a deal with Anthem which will allow the company to use the Broken Hardys gimmick, but now a different report is disputing that claim.
Since returning to WWE Matt Hardy has been dropping hints of his Broken Matt Hardy character, but he hasn’t fully embraced it, and most fans assume that he’s being cautious due to the legal battle.
However, Billi Bhatti of Sportskeeda reports that the hold up with the Broken Hardys gimmick is not due to the legal battle. The report claims that the lawsuit has nothing to do with why WWE isn’t using the gimmick right now, as Vince could easily pay off Impact Wrestling, and that the lawsuit has not come up once during any of the creative meetings.
According to the report, the delay is because Vince McMahon wasn’t initially a fan of the gimmick, and he just wanted to sign the Hardy Boyz so that they could return under their previous gimmicks. But it’s also being reported that the members of the writing team are big fans of the gimmick and they’ve been pushing to use it for several weeks.
After hearing the reaction to the gimmicks and the chants that follow the Hardys from town to town, McMahon is now reportedly open to the idea of using the gimmick, and he has told the writing team to come up with ideas for the Hardys to make the transition to the Broken Hardys.
The Hardys are the current Raw Tag Team Champions, and the change isn’t likely to happen until they drop the belts. WWE officials are also said to be high on the idea of a Bray Wyatt vs. Broken Matt Hardy feud, and Vince McMahon is still interested in pushing Jeff Hardy as a singles star once the team breaks up.
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