On Saturday afternoon, Reby Hardy fired back at Impact Wrestling after she says she received a legal proposal from them. Presumably, the proposal was some sort of settlement pffer that would allow Impact to get a cut of future revenue made by The Hardys in exchange for allowing them to use the gimmick in ROH, WWE, and elsewhere. The problem is that The Hardys (and no one except for Anthem has disputed this) came up with the gimmick so their issue is that they should not have to give anyone a percentage of their revenue for that gimmick. There are people at Impact that have said privately that they wish Anthem would just drop the issue and let them have the gimmick with no strings attached because the negative publicity offsets any positive momentum for them. Also, the feeling from some is that this issue would make some wrestlers second guess working for Impact in the future.
Reby Hardy (follow her on Twitter @RebyHardy) ripped on the company again and noted, among other things, that Señor Benjamin was never under contract and Impact/TNA allegedly did not follow child labor laws when Maxel was shown on their programming. We have been told that these legal threats are not coming from Jeff Jarrett and all of this is coming from the corporate side (Anthem).
Reby’s tweets (edited for language) are below. Obviously, this is far from over.
UPDATE: TNA sent an absolutely laughable legal proposal re: trademark, usage & ownership. Sigh.
We tried to play nice. Truly.
They also seem real hurt about #F**kThatOwl. Awww.
Fun facts ! Señor Benjamin never signed one piece of paper stating TNA could ever use, broadcast or profit from his image/likeness.
Fun facts ! Maxel was never legally cleared to work/appear on camera. Wanna check them TV child labor laws & get back to me, TNA ?
Fun facts ! Nearly every notable attribute that makes #BROKEN Matt Hardy “Broken Matt Hardy” was developed by ME in a @WaffleHouse. Yummy !
Fun facts ! Trying to prevent someone from legally making money is torturous interference of business & a HUGE OFFENSE ! How bow dat C&D ?
Fun facts ! I filed for the #BROKEN trademark when all the shady business from JJ & Anthem got back to me, WEEKS before his contract was up.
If owning my husband was that important, why not file/apply – oh, I don’t know – BEFORE his contract was up ? BEFORE you found out I did ? 🤔
How about every other former talent still working under their “TNA name” & gimmick without issue. Wouldn’t that look weird in court ? Yeah..
And the store I’ve been running for 5+ years, 100% by myself, with MY original designs & my sole effort/investment. Yeah, they want a cut.
Theme song I composed/recorded/graciously allowed them to use GRATIS when they were having licensing issues w/music. They claiming that too.
If the character is TNA’s, where are their format sheets ? (Don’t exist). Where are the scripts ? (Can’t be produced; don’t exist). And….
..Best part. Ready ? SURPRISE ! “The Hardy Show” was behind the scenes recording OUR entire creative process this whole time. See you soon !
Spot on. Don't go after the boys. Never go after the boys. Disgraceful. https://t.co/Pg4LjnOE1c
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) March 18, 2017