It appears that the WWE Universe might not have to wait a much longer to see the Broken gimmick in WWE.
Matt Hardy did some wonderful things during his time with TNA Wrestling (now known as Global Force Wrestling). He had some highlights and some downfalls during his run with the promotion over the last seven years. He joined the company after having a lengthy stint with WWE.
Towards the end of this run with the promotion, he decided to make a big change to his character. This would be a make or break decision for his career. Luckily for him, it paid off big and turned TNA around for a bit. The character brought attention to TNA that it had not seen in years.
During a feud with his younger brother Jeff, they did an angle in which Matt slowly but surely became broken. The former Raw Tag Team Champion started working, talking, and acting differently not only on television but on social media and in interviews. It was truly something different from what the fans came to know him as. It paid off, to say the least.
However, his run came to an end with TNA after having some contract disputes. The Hardy Boyz would leave the promotion and work indie shows as well have a brief run in Ring of Honor. There was much debate whether The Hardys would return to WWE, which that brought them to superstardom as their original gimmick or the new Broken universe. When they returned at WrestleMania 33 in April in Orlando, Florida, they were not broken but rather had their old gimmicks.This was somewhat of a disappointment to the fans as they are waiting to see the Broken gimmick on a larger platform.
Justin Barrasso of SI.com is reporting that GFW is hemorrhaging funds and that Anthem is ready to withdraw itself from the wrestling industry and sell GFW. If you recall, Anthem needed to lay off several people that worked for the Fight Network in order to finance GFW.
Jeff Jarrett still owns the name of Global Force Wrestling so that means that Anthem would be selling Impact Wrestling. Anthem does have a worthwhile commodity, which is the tape library. WWE has been in the past and is currently a company that could buy GFW/Impact. As for why, it’s because of the tape library that features a number of WWE’s top stars, including AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Roode, as well as Raw GM Kurt Angle. That footage could be put on the WWE Network.
Another factor into WWE potentially buying GFW/Impact is that the sports entertainment company would then own the “Broken Universe” intellectual property. It should be noted that a deal between the two sides could be worked out due to the presence of John “Big” Gaburick, who is still a part of the GFW creative team. Gaburick is extremely close with Kevin Dunn.