Contract talks between TNA Impact Wrestling and Matt and Jeff Hardy have reached an impasse. Sources indicate that the Hardys received new contracts from the company and were unhappy with the terms. Reby Hardy took to social media and expressed her frustration by threatening to melt the TNA Tag Title belts.
“I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am???” Reby wrote. “The disrespect never ends. F— it. Bout to melt these shits down and have me some new gold hoops that say MAXEL. Sigue.” Meanwhile, Matt simply mentioned that it will be an intriguing week for pro wrestling on his Twitter page. Jeff has yet to publicly comment on the matter.
Powell’s POV: The belief is that TNA wanted the Hardys to sign exclusive deals, which they apparently are not interested in doing. It’s logical from the perspective of the Hardys given the strong business they do on the independent scene. Meanwhile, TNA reportedly wanted a cut of the money the brothers were making independently. TNA was late sending contract offers to the Hardys and Drew Galloway, which is astonishing given the importance of those acts to the company. Reby’s comments suggest that the Hardys were hopeful of working out a new deal with TNA. After all, if they were planning to go elsewhere, then I doubt there would be this level of public frustration over the company’s offer. Matt made it no secret when I interviewed him in late 2016 that he wanted a seat at the creative table. One can only wonder how that played with the new creative regime that is taking over. Hardy also told me in the interview that he owns the rights to the Broken character and the Broken Universe, so the character will not die with his TNA run. It’s worth noting that while things appear to be bleak at the moment, there’s always a possibility that the two sides could reenter negotiations.
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