Details on What’s Really Happening With the Broken Universe Trademark

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Ed Nordholm may have publicly said he’s not keeping the Broken Universe from The Hardy Brothers, but the family confirms that’s not the case — he dodged Matt Hardy‘s legal team for over a month as they attempted to come to an agreement over the trademarks.

Sources tell us the Hardys hired counsel at the beginning of April with the intention of locking down the trademarks/characters and their lawyers were ignored by Anthem for weeks.

We’re told Matt wants Impact to sign over any claim they may have to the Broken Universe because The Hardys believe they have ownership rights after creating and funding the inception of it all — long before Anthem purchased the company. In return, his entire family will agree to hold off on suing the company over a litany of alleged claims they have stemming from their time there.

Our sources say the two sides finally met last week and it had appeared like they’d be resolving the contentious situation — but then Nordholm did an interview with Live Audio Wrestling last night saying they haven’t been in contact and nobody at WWE would even want the characters/trademarks.

We reached out to the Hardy Family, who verified that the facts in this story are accurate.

We also reached out to Nordholm, who said: “I do not think you have drawn the correct conclusion from what I said in the interview about prior contacts on this; there have been proposals back and forth on this, and WWE has advised me directly that they have no interest in this. As per the interview, we are now and always have been amenable to negotiating an arrangement with the Hardys that respects our investment in this IP.

I have no comment on the Hardy’s legal posturing. Our position is clear.”

  • Dark Heel

    Yeah Ryan your source is Reby. And you’ve been on the Hardys side of this the whole time.

    • Bong_Hit

      Yeah he is a biased wrestling journalist, but lets get real, which of these wrestling journalists aren’t. Real Journalism doesn’t live in the wrestling realm

      • Dark Heel

        Very true. They just want to be right.

        • Bong_Hit

          They all want to serve those who are popular for access

    • TheBatMan

      You’re probably right to be honest. And I bet you he’ll be on Twitter later posting “Ok, maybe I was wrong about WWE buying ROH but i’m super cereal this time.” He’s like the real life south park Al Gore.

      • Dark Heel

        Also the “IMPACT MEETING WITH SPIKE USA” when Kevin Kay and his two sons were really there watching the show.

  • HEELHornet

    You’re full of shit Ryan, thats not what Nordholm said in his interview, he said all parties have met since. Did you buy Reby a new sybian or something?

    • Mysterion

      I guess you missed the part where it says… “Our sources say the two sides finally met last week…”

      • HEELHornet

        Read what Nordholm said “I do not think you have drawn the correct conclusion from what I said in the interview about prior contacts on this; there have been proposals back and forth on this”. He’s met them plenty of times and has seen proposals. Matt needs to recognize the time Impact dedicated to getting this stupid gimmick over instead of the “ITS ALL ME ME ME” type of proposal.

        • TheBatMan

          Exactly. As Ed said they need to come to a reasonable agreement to benefit both sides. Not just Matt and his psycho wife who’s been bitching on Twitter since they left. The Hardy’s are being completely unreasonable here. Not to mention the nonsense Reby was tweeting about child labor. That was laughable. Using her kid as a weapon in a legal battle.

          And now for my non serious comment.
          At least I can take joy in knowing the Hardy’s could make a family portrait entirely out of mugshots.

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        • Matt

          Matt doesn’t have to recognize if its his own creation. This is far from over.

          Honestly I don’t care. I want him to have it.

  • HEELHornet

    “In return, his entire family will agree to hold off on suing the company over a litany of alleged claims they have stemming from their time there.”

    Which one, the child negligence one Reby made that Reby herself denied back then, the whole claim it was the perfect environment for them pre contract expiration, or the claim they created the gimmick years ago with no proof, and video evidence they did this for a TNA gimmick?

    Legal posturing 101.

  • Richard

    He’s slowly becoming a wwe schill like meltzer.

    • TheBatMan

      He’ll be on a Pre-Show with Sam Roberts next.

  • Dark Heel

    This site doesn’t cover Impact unless something backstage happens, so if I’m Impact I wouldn’t talk to this site. If you’re going to cover the wrestling business. Cover it properly.

    • Richard

      Im going to boycott this wwe site.

      • Ben Beckett

        Awesome. Comment section is going to be much better with you on some other website.

        • http://www.rcandop.com R.C.

          I laughed so hard at this. Thank you

  • HEELHornet

    Translation: We want money to make this go away and will threaten a fight in order to get it. WWE is claiming they have no interest to drive the price down, but in the meantime they have no intention of doing this before Summerslam at the earliest so they aren’t in a huge hurry.

    Legal position is irrelevant as this will never go to court, the only question that will ever matter is if WWE and Impact can agree on a number. It is in both of their interests to do so, so I think they will, but in the meantime, expect a few more months of hardball.

    Also just lol at ignoring lawyers for weeks. It’s the American legal system, nothing happens in terms of weeks, things happen in terms of months.

  • Troy Smith

    In one tweet Reby says they own it 100%. In the next she says they are “working out a deal”. If they owned it 100% and have the WWE legal team possibly at their disposal, then they should be trying to get in front of a judge ASAP. They have no reason to talk at all if they really own it 100%

    Just ask yourself, What would I do in Matt situation?

    • Richard

      The great former Baltimore raven qb troy smith!

  • Brandon Richard

    “We reached out to the Hardy Family, who verified that the facts in this story are accurate.”

    lol

    • TheBatMan

      His source is probably Reby and he most likely reach out to Matt. He might as well “reach around” at this rate.

  • Louis

    The “source” known as Reby Hardy. Reby should just shut up.