It has been a heck of a ride for Matt Hardy and the legal battle for ownership over the "Broken" character, but it seems the entire debacle has finally come to an end.
During his time with IMPACT Wrestling and on the independent circuit, Matt Hardy developed his "Broken" character that captivated the professional wrestling world. He never broke character before signing with WWE, where he was forced to drop the gimmick due to a legal dispute.
IMPACT tried to claim ownership to the character for nearly a year before those negotiations ended. Hardy earned the right to change the name to "Woken" and began to develop a very similar character.
The character, however, hasn't been as big of a hit on WWE TV as it was elsewhere, but that hasn't stopped Hardy from trying to continue to innovate his persona.
According to a report from PWInsider, Hardy has now earned the rights to several "Broken" trademarks. They are as follows: Broken Matt, Brother Nero, Broken Brilliance, and Vanguard 1.
Now it seems that WWE could be planning a big change to Hardy's current "Woken" character, soon developing it into the "Broken Universe." This could mean a wide variety of things.
Jeff Hardy's persona upon his return could come as "Brother Nero." This is Jeff's alter ego in the "Broken Universe." This could also mean WWE deals for Matt's wife, Reby Hardy, and his father-in-law Senor Benjamin.
Both Reby and Benjamin were key characters to the "Broken" storyline in IMPACT Wrestling. Now that Hardy owns all the legal rights to the key trademarks in the "Broken Universe," professional wrestling fans could possibly see the character they originally fell in love with.
Recently Hardy had a disappointing feud with Bray Wyatt on WWE TV in which he suffered several losses. This was a feud fans had wanted to see for some time and the payoff was a complete let down.
Hopefully the WWE picks up the effort now that Hardy owns the "Broken" persona.
What are your thoughts on the "Broken Universe" possibly making its WWE debut soon? Do you prefer the "Woken" name or the "Broken" name for Hardy's character? And will WWE actually change the name to "Broken" now that Hardy legally owns the trademarks? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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