Reby Hardy’s Q&A Session About The On-Going Legal Battle Over The “Broken” Gimmick – Says “F**k These Guys”


Reby Hardy has done a Q&A session with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section and Reby discussed all things regarding the legal battle over the “Broken” gimmick. As you are aware, last week Ed Nordholm also did an interview with Sports Illustrated & gave his take on the entire situation as well.

Here are the answers that Reby provided on the topic:

Has Billy Corgan Tried To Mediate So That The Hardy’s & Anthem Could Reach An Agreement:

“Billy Corgan did offer to help mediate, which was surprising to me given Billy had his own legal battles and issues with TNA, but he was so invested in the “Broken” storyline and diplomatic to both sides. Billy almost got more traction in the process than even our lawyers. That was a really positive time for us and we were very hopeful because Billy was getting through to Anthem and we actually had the chance to communicate. Our lawyers would go weeks at a time without hearing from Anthem, which is part of the reason why this has been dragging on, seemingly forever.”

“Ed Nordholm never initiated any conversations. The lack of his communication is a big reason for this incident in the first place. Even during Matt’s contract negotiations; it would take weeks for Matt to get in touch with Jeff Jarrett and Ed Nordholm. Even days before his contract was set to expire, Matt still had a hard time getting a hold of Ed and Jeff Jarrett. This lack of communication is also a lack of professionalism; if you can’t be in talks with your talent while they’re under contract, or regarding something that is so important to you, like intellectual property, that speaks volumes to me. That’s such a slap in the face to people who worked for you and dedicated their livelihood for your company. They’ve never taken initiation to start communication, they’ve never been quick to get back to us and they’ve never been diligent about responding to us or our lawyers. The most communication we had was through Billy.”

Ed Nordholm Claiming That Matt Hardy Asked For An Extra $100,000 During His Contract Negotiations:

“That is not accurate, but it is laughable. During contract negotiations, when I started to notice as well as hear from friends about Jeff Jarrett’s shady business tactics, I did two things: I immediately filed a trademark for “Broken” Matt Hardy and started to record every conversation between Matt and anyone at that TNA office, including Ed Nordholm and Jeff Jarrett. For recording phone calls, it is legal with a one-party consent law in North Carolina, which is where we live and Tennessee, which is where TNA has its office. If Matt wasn’t in North Carolina for those conversations, then he was in another state with a one-party consent. Matt made sure to protect himself, because no one from that company is protecting us.”

“In the phone call that Ed Nordholm is referencing, it is very clear that Matt did not hold Anthem up for any money, he did not request $100,000 more. Matt tried to make Impact great again, for real and not just through a hashtag. He did everything he could for that company and Ed Nordholm’s comment is so petty and unprofessional. Who do Ed Nordholm and Jeff Jarrett think they’re fooling? You could never even imagine Vince McMahon acting this way. Two days before his contract is up, Matt’s receiving drunk texts from Jeff Jarrett. Matt is an established star and they treated him like he was insignificant.”

Anthem Owning The “Broken Universe’s” Intellectual Property:

“There is enough question in the contract in terms of gimmick development and intellectual property that our attorneys strongly feel that there is a case. If there were no question about it, like Jeff Jarrett and Ed Nordholm continue to say, then I would not be discussing it and neither would Matt. There is enough of a question in the contract that it is worth fighting over. If it were as cut-and-dry as Anthem is trying to make everyone believe, then we would have stopped pursuing it, that’s not the case. There are legal questions over the verbiage in the contract and we have a good chance of winning this battle.”

Will The Hardy’s Go To Court In Attempts To Gain Ownership Over The IP:

“Going to the court is not like going to the grocery store, there is a lot of money involved in a legal case which is another reason why Anthem is dragging this out as long as they can. Jeff Jarrett said: “Just keep dragging it out, they’ll get tired of spending money.” We would rather settle this like civil human beings, which is what we have tried to do for months and months.”

“There are so many things that if we choose to go to court, we can also add into the case. Senor Benjamin, who is my father, never signed a release to have his image be marketed. Technically, they should not have been able to air his footage. They do not have a release for my son, Maxel, who had no written documents saying he could be on set at Universal Studios, which could jeopardize their relationship with the place where they film on a monthly basis. There is also the fact that I created/shot, directed and edited so much footage that I never gave them a release to use either.”

Anthem Claiming That They Never Asked For A Percentage Of The Hardy’s Earnings (Merchandise, Jeff’s music career, art etc):

“We literally have those documents in email form from Ed Nordholm. In one of the contracts, Anthem snuck in a percentage the company would be owed from any income from and The fact that they would feel entitled to that is a joke. Jeff Hardy’s site is literally his paintings and music, it has nothing to do with wrestling and is an artistic venture. Why are they entitled to any of that? To slide that into the contract was a real shady move and we have the documents to prove it.”

“Jeff Jarrett’s plan was to give Jeff Hardy all the money and he actually said to pay Matt as little as possible because he believed Matt could not go anywhere without Jeff Hardy. I had reservations about WWE for a long time, but I forgot all of my reservations and our loyalty to the TNA brand after I learned that. F**k these guys to put it bluntly. After Matt financed his own shoots and put hours and hours of his own time writing the shows? F**k these guys, we didn’t have any scripts. They’re claiming IP, they’re claiming this is their character and development, but we never had one script or one shoot sheet. That was all Matt pouring himself into the character and dedicating himself to it.”

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