Former TNA and current ROH Superstar Matt Hardy has filed an application to trademark his “Broken Matt Hardy” name and gimmick. Hardy filed the request on March 1st, the same day that his TNA iMPACT! Wrestling contract expired. The trademark filing lists a standard character mark for use in “Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer.”
It should be noted that TNA iMPACT! Wrestling officials are claiming that The Hardys’ contract specifically stated that the company owns all IP creations. If this turns out to be true, it could cause a legal battle between Hardy and TNA as Anthem basically says the gimmick can’t go with Hardy when he leaves. As of now, Anthem has not filed an opposition to the trademark.