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Matt and Jeff Hardy appear to be parting ways with Impact Wrestling

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« on: February 27, 2017, 09:13:04 pm »

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According to multiple wrestling media reports on Monday, current TNA Tag Team Champions Matt and Jeff Hardy are expected to officially part ways with Impact Wrestling.

Reports by PWInsider.com and Prowrestling.net indicated that both Matt and Jeff were sent updated contract terms by Impact Wrestling and that the Hardy’s were not pleased with some of the new terms. The updated contracts were described as being sent very late due to the current transition of ownership under Anthem Sports and Entertainment.

News of this impasse between Impact Wrestling and the Hardy’s made headlines shortly after Drew Galloway announced on Sunday night that he was officially parting ways with the company (Galloway was also in a renegotiation with Impact Wrestling). Terms of the new deal reportedly asked to receive a percentage of earnings the Hardy’s would get on the independent wrestling scene – believed to be 10% – which is expected to be the new standard with contracts associated with Anthem going forward.

The report by PWInsider indicated that Matt Hardy had also wanted to regain creative control of his character after the successful introduction of his “Broken” Matt Hardy storyline over the last year. This was something Impact Wrestling may not have been interested in granting with the reintroduction of Jeff Jarrett’s creative team now consisting of Dutch Mantell and Scott D’Amore, who were involved with TNA in the early days. It would appear the Hardy’s were not on board with these last minute clauses.

The company will be holding another set of Impact Wrestling TV tapings for Pop TV starting this Thursday through the weekend in Orlando at Universal Studios. While not confirmed, it’s possible both Matt and Jeff Hardy could be working the tapings in some form or fashion as they are still the reigning TNA Tag Team Champions. If not, Impact Wrestling will be left with an issue in that department. Reby Hardy, Matt Hardy’s wife, took to Twitter today and appeared to confirm the reports about issues between the Hardy’s and Impact Wrestling, even going so far as to say she would “melt some gold” (referring to the tag titles).


Reby Hardy✔@RebyHardy
If mfers don't start coming correct, I'm bout to melt some gold & have me some new gold hoops. Sigue y vas a ver.
11:44 AM - 27 Feb 2017


Reby Hardy✔@RebyHardy
I've said it many times:
TNA was the perfect situation for our family & how grateful I was for professionalism/open communication/respect...
12:46 PM - 27 Feb 2017


Reby Hardy✔@RebyHardy
...Now think about what kinda negative changes & straight fuckery would have to go down for us to leave 🤔
12:47 PM - 27 Feb 2017


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Update (4:57 p.m. ET): John Pollock of Fight Network (whose parent company is Anthem Sports and Entertainment, the new owners of Impact Wrestling) tweeted out the following follow up on reports by PWInsider.com and Pro Wrestling Sheet.

John Pollock @iamjohnpollock
I can confirm the reports from Mike Johnson & Ryan Satin - The Hardys are not going to re-sign w/ TNA and not expected at tapings this week
2:53 PM - 27 Feb 2017
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 10:36:36 am »

Matt Hardy just issued the following tweets confirming wrestling media reports on Monday that he was expected to officially part ways with Impact Wrestling.

As reported earlier, both Matt and Jeff Hardy reportedly disagreed on new terms to remain with Impact Wrestling in recent days after initially agreeing to terms back in December.

The company is set to tape new episodes of Impact Wrestling for Pop TV starting this Thursday in Orlando through the weekend. Both Matt and Jeff Hardy remain the current TNA Tag Team Champions heading into the tapings. As reported earlier, they are not expected to drop the titles or appear at the tapings unless plans change last minute.

You can check out the tweets Matt issued below.

Jeff Hardy has yet to officially comment on Twitter as of this report.


#BROKEN Matt Hardy✔@MATTHARDYBRAND
My stint with @IMPACTWRESTLING was DELIGHTFUL. EXCEPTIONAL talent & locker room. A great, respectful team that worked hard in tough times.
7:41 PM - 27 Feb 2017


#BROKEN Matt Hardy✔@MATTHARDYBRAND
I wish @IMPACTWRESTLING all the best going forward, especially the INDUSTRIOUS talent. I hope they're all treated with respect & fairness.
7:42 PM - 27 Feb 2017


#BROKEN Matt Hardy✔@MATTHARDYBRAND
I have never been more AWAKE.

The Creative RENAISSANCE is merely beginning.

Anything is possible in my #BROKEN Universe......ANYTHING.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2017, 09:50:23 pm »

As noted, current TNA Tag Team Champions The Hardys are done with the company after their deals expired. Matt Hardy confirmed the departure on Twitter. Word is that the brothers were unhappy with some of the language of the new TNA contracts, and with the rushed nature of re-signing.

We also noted that the brothers offered to work this week’s Impact Wrestling tapings in Orlando to drop the titles. Matt’s wife Reby Sky, who is also finished with the company, appeared on Busted Open Radio this week and according to a tweet from the show, The Hardys wanted to do the right thing and drop the titles on TV this week but TNA parent company Anthem denied them.

Reby said, “The rumors are true. We didn’t get the contracts until 5 days before. That was a note of contention for Matt and Jeff. … It got to the point where it was coming down to the wire, and it was almost like we were being bullied into signing them. … It’s something that guys like Matt and Jeff who have been in the business forever have never had to deal with [contracts].”

In regards to possibly saving the situation and staying with TNA, Reby said, “It’s too late for that. It literally is the 11th hour. It’s over at midnight tonight, that’s it.”

Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that there’s confusion over who owns the “Broken” gimmick. Sources close to Hardy report that Matt’s last deal with TNA reportedly gave him the ability to profit off anything already filmed that had to do with any gimmick he used while signed to the company, but once that period is over then he retains ownership of his name and characters. However, TNA sources claim that his current deal specifically states that their company owns all IP creations. Regarding the “Broken” gimmick, Reby said, “Matt is in love with his Broken Universe. He’s not giving that up any time soon, I can confirm that. It’s his baby.”

Regarding contract negotiations, PW Sheet also reports that the brothers had agreed to terms on a new deal back in December 2016 but they needed a few changes made. The deals, supposed to be for 1 year, never came and the Hardys were consistently given the run-around when checking in with the company. A lawyer representing the Hardys soon told TNA officials that the brothers wanted a creative clause included in the new deals. This was shot down immediately and a source reported to PW Sheet that the lawyer told Anthem’s Ed Nordholm that there was interest from other wrestling promotions. Nordholm reportedly responded, “Well, tell them to go to WWE then.”

The comment about WWE reportedly set Jeff off. He no longer was interested in staying with TNA but Matt continued the talks. A new deal arrived last week but it was for 2 years and had terms that had been “snuck in” and stated that the company would receive 10% of all profits Matt made outside of TNA. PW Sheet adds that Matt’s lawyer told him he would be a fool to sign. He then informed TNA that he wasn’t interested in re-signing but would still come to this week’s tapings to write off his character. Matt was reportedly told that he was crazy to think they would want him on TV without a contract. No word yet on what will happen to the titles but PW Sheet says officials are currently trying to get them back.
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