Impact President Releases Portion of Matt Hardy’s Contract, Claims He Didn’t Avoid Any Lawyers

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Ed Nordholm is fighting back … releasing a series of communications between he and Matt Hardy which he claims is proof that he didn’t avoid anyone — and in an attempt to end the IP discussion, he released a portion of the wrestler’s contract.

Pro Wrestling Sheet received a LENGTHY email from Nordholm this evening in which the Impact President says, “In response to on-going speculation concerning our position with respect to the “Broken Brilliance” creative, I am providing this detailed log of our communications on the subject and the contractual structure of our relationship with Matt Hardy with respect to intellectual property matters (which is standard to our roster and in the industry).”

“There has never been any argument from Impact Wrestling that the Hardy’s were key contributors to the development of the characters and story line, or that Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy executed on their roles in spectacular fashion. But the position taken by the Hardys is a massive disservice to the contributions of the rest of the creative team at Impact Wrestling, including Jeremy Borash, Dave Lagana, Matt Conway and Billy Corgan, and is totally at odds with the terms of their contracts.”

He then provided a log-line of what he claims is every communication he’s had with Matt/his lawyers.

  • March 10 – EBN speaks with executives at ROH about “Broken Brilliance” being used in ROH shows. I indicated willingness to provide an arrangement that would allow the creative to be used in ROH shows and encouraged ROH to have Matt speak with me if he wanted to pursue that discussion
  • March 11 – EBN spoke at length with Matt by telephone about the structure of an amicable arrangement for use of the Broken Brilliance creative
  • March 14 – Matt sent text message to Ed Nordholm at 4:05pm:

“Tried giving you a call, it rang & went busy. I’m open to working things out amicably as we spoke about. The lawyer who represent me is interested in seeing your offer. My lawyer’s email is {redacted} which you could send the offer to for review. Thanks.”

And I responded by text at 6:41 pm

“Thank you Matt. I was supposed to be [flying] into NYC today and am a little twisted. I will pull something together with [our] lawyers and try to get it over to your lawyer tomorrow or Thursday at latest“

  • March 16 – At 8:25 pm I sent an update text to Matt:

“Hi Matt. My lawyer got me a draft too late to get reviewed for today. I will look at it in the morning. Sorry for the delay”

And he responded at 9:16 pm

“Ok, he’s ready for it. Thanks for the update.”

  • March 17 – counsel for Anthem Wrestling delivered draft proposal to counsel for Matt Hardy
  • March 24 – counsel for Anthem Wresting followed up with Matt Hardy counsel requesting comments on the proposal
  • March 27 – counsel for Matt Hardy responds that they have been away and have not reviewed the proposal but will be back “in the next few days”

As we previously reported, The Hardys hired legal counsel at this point. Our sources say they attempted to reach Anthem’s lawyers numerous times, but didn’t hear back for weeks. However, Nordholm claims otherwise. He says The Hardy legal team never contacted him until April 18.

The log continues:

  • April 18 – counsel for Matt Hardy leaves a voice mail message for counsel for Anthem Wrestling asking to arrange a meeting
  • April 20 – EBN contacts WWE by email to determine veracity of internet rumours concerning WWE interest in Broken Brilliance
  • April 21 — WWE respond by email that there “is no interest on our end” {redacted email exchange attached}
  • April 21 – counsel for Matt Hardy sends a follow up message requesting a meeting
  • April 27 – lawyers speak to arrange a meeting
  • May 16 – lawyers meet but no agreement reached

Nordholm also attached a copy of the email exchange between he and whoever he spoke with at WWE. The move is odd, considering someone’s competitor more than likely wouldn’t clue them in on future plans, especially if a public legal dispute is involved.

However, it’s always possible this mystery person was being honest.

The Impact President also released a portion of Matt’s contract which pertains to IP.

Read the contract and email below.


  • Ben Beckett

    Reby said this isn’t the final version of the contract.

    • Hellboy

      Reby’s full of shit.

    • Dark Heel

      Reby is full of shit. The underlined parts are all that matters, its work for hire.

      • Matt

        Suppose the final version IS different?

        • Louis

          Reby is full of shit.

          • Logan Flay

            So are you

      • Logan Flay

        The Underlined parts?

        He didnt even read the fucking contract.

    • Louis

      Reby is full of shit.

  • NeronWillRise

    It’s official. Nordholm is dumber than Dixie.

    • Louis

      It’s official: You’re the dumbass. All he’s doing is providing facts, moron.

      • NeronWillRise

        It’s official, signed in blood on the skin of a virgin: you’re a ball-licker.

        He’s providing his side of the facts in the wrong forum, destroying any notion of professionalism, dragging down his company, and making them look more bush league than ever. Which many thought wasn’t possible.

        • Louis

          Please take Matt Hardy’s ding dong out of your mouth.

          • NeronWillRise

            You say things like “ding dong”. You should go back to class and ask the teacher’s permission next time you want to use the computer.

          • Louis

            Newflash: Matt Hardy just lost the right to trademark Broken name.

          • Logan Flay

            Newsflash: #BrokenMattHardy will #Delete you for being an idiot who knows nothing

          • Louis

            Aww. Neron’s boyfriend came to his defense.

          • Logan Flay

            AWwwwww. some internet troll who likes to take it up the ass from Ed Nordholm

          • Logan Flay

            Quit barking up the wrong tree

          • Louis

            Please take Neron’s ding dong outta your mouth.

          • Logan Flay

            yeah, move out your parents basement and learn to NOT be a troll

            and learn proper grammer

          • Louis

            Troll deez nuts.

          • Louis

            Suck a nut. Done with you, loser.

            Take this L. You just got BLOCKED 🚫.

          • Logan Flay

            uh huh

        • Logan Flay

          There are a lot of loopholes in mr. norddicks arguement. He needs to be #Deleted

      • Logan Flay

        Your a dumbass, Louis, for not paying attention to details.

        According to section A, this includes real names, likeness, etc.

        If WWE has the same stipulations for “IP” in their contracts, then they could counter Mr. NordDick because of guys like HULK HOGAN, RIC FLAIR, Rob Van Dam, Terry Funk, Buh Buh Ray, D-Von, etc for being in TNA

        30+ people that TNA brought in after tHEY left WWE using the same names, nicknames, likeness, etc to what they used in TNA.

        “Immortal” Hulk Hogan, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, for example, would, according to a TNA contract, be owned by WWE if the IP section is the same in a WWE contract, meaning TNA owes WWE MILLIONS.

        Lets not forget about “Charasmatic Enigma” which was used in WWE LONG before he left for TNA.

        Words like BROKEN, OBSOLETE, etc if attempted to be trademarked/copyrighted, would put Anthem Sports in the same category as The Fine Brothers, ie #StupidIdiots

        • Louis

          TL:DR

  • Matthew Smith

    I wonder if failure of payment would be a breach of contract that could void the contract setting the Hardy up for a chance in court.

    • Louis

      Nope. Matt was always paonf on time and even provided pics of his pay check on social media years ago.

      • Logan Flay

        The contract, mr. louis, would mean that Anthem own Hulk Hogan, which if it is the same as WWE, would put them in dispute with WWE, because at least 30+ WWE stars whose given names(by birth, on their birth certificates and social security cards), likeness, ring names, etc, according to this contract, would be owned WWE, including (but not limited to):

        TAZ

        Mr. Anderson (likeness, GIMMICK, which is what this battle is about (Missssssssssterrrrrrr ANDERRRRRSON ie Missssssssssterrrrrrr KENNNNNNNEDY)
        “Nature Boy” Ric Flair
        Buh Buh Ray
        D-Von
        3-D
        Joel Gertner
        “Immortal”, Hulk Hogan
        ROB VAN DAM
        RVD
        5-Star Frog Splash
        “Big Poppa Pump”
        Scott Steiner

        Face it, NordDick just proved that he’s a fucking idiot.

        #FuckThatOwl

        • Louis

          Damn right you better call me Mr. Louis. Respect me, dawg.

          • Logan Flay

            nice. Trolling like a pro

          • Louis

            Suck it.

          • Logan Flay

            So says the troll who sucks Anthem Sports off like a trolling pro

  • Royale with Crowne

    The email exchange is with Tandy O’Donoghue. It’s not blacked out well enough, I can clearly see it when I zoom it. According to a press release in 2014, she is the Executive Vice President, Strategy & Analytics for WWE.

  • Louis

    Give it up, Matt. Ed got you.

  • Louis

    Tap out, Matt. As a great man once said: “It’s over, Johnny.”

    • Logan Flay

      Your #Obsolete view shows you dont know how to read. You shall be #Deleted YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Louis

    Give it up, Matt. You are embarrassing yourself along with Reby embarrassing you. Just take the high road and take this loss. Anthem is right on this. I hate saying this because I love the guy but he just cannot come to grips that he cannot win this. So sad.

    • Logan Flay

      Anthem is not right on this according to their own contract, YESSSSSSSSSS HAHAHAHAHAHA according to there own contract, they OWE WWE MYLLLLLLLYONS, YESSSSSS

      WONDERFUL!

      Quit trying to be a troll, and classify yourself as #Obsolete #DELETE

  • Louis

    Matt’s effort to get the Broken gimmick has been…DELETED!!!!!

    • Logan Flay

      I could so do this all night, but I dont live on the internet like a troll, so you are now #DELETED yesssssssssss

  • Louis

    Anthem 1
    Matt 0

    • Logan Flay

      Louis Troll- 6 dongs sucked

    • Louis

      Yes sir!!!

      • Logan Flay

        Didn’t even read my comment. Just clarified he has sucked 6 dongs.

  • Louis

    Ed Nordholm is the man!

    • Logan Flay

      So says the troll who not only lives in the parents basement, but likes to take it in the mouth

  • Louis

    Go get’em Ed.

    • Logan Flay

      says the troll

  • Louis

    WWE FEARS Anthem

    • Logan Flay

      Your Mom fears Me

  • Logan Flay

    As Ive said before in a prior post to some TROLL, the contract that TNA had with Matt and Jeff, if its the same as a WWE contract, in the Intellectual Property part, just screwed Anthem Sports over due to the number of former WWE/WCW/ECW talents that used their “Real Names, Likeness, Ring Names” etc in TNA as they did prior in WWE/WCW/ECW

    Anthem Sports are just being assholes at this point

  • Louis

    #PayThatOwl

    • Logan Flay

      And make a shit ton more once they get the gimmick. yep.

  • Louis

    At the end of the day, Anthem keeps what is theirs and Matt loses what he got. #LoveThatOwl

    • Logan Flay

      and your full of delusion.

  • Louis

    WWE take an L. Reby take an L. Matt Hardy take an L.