Impact Wrestling Preview for 3/30/17: Vacant Tag Team Championship

Impact Wrestling revealed who ‘SHE’ is last week, not that it wasn’t obvious. The Hardys’ vacant tag titles will be on the line in a 4-way tag match.

Was anyone surprised at the Karen Jarrett revelation last week? There might as well have been a giant Bat signal in the sky, or rather a broken double-J guitar because you knew exactly who it would be. Imagine a massive swerve and it being Dixie Carter, just think of the heel heat.

Better yet picture Reby Hardy arriving in what would be one of the most brilliant kayfabe storylines of all time. This version of TNA or now Impact Wrestling doesn’t seem to want to take chances like last year’s edition. It’s content bringing back all the icons we recognize from TNA past and in a way, pretending 2016 never really happened.

It looks like we’re back to the coveted authority/GM storyline with a new face. Speaking of that, it was legit a biy surprising to see Karen Jarrett get such a big face pop. Almost akin to a major WWE name debuting. Even Karen seemed sort of startled yet undeniably happy at the fan ovation. As anyone would be that fans remember them.

Josh Matthews would get in the ring for the final segment along with EC3 who is teetering on becoming a tweener rather than a pure babyface in the segment. Matthews would spit out fire, ethering Jarrett with truths while simultaneously getting booed for it. It wasn’t that long ago CM Punk was laying down reality in the WWE and getting massive pops for it but apparently not so for Matthews by the Impact Zone in Orlando.

If the show took place in New York or Philly, Matthews would be getting a massive pop for saying what he said. Instead in Orlando it feels the fans have become accustomed to the Impact Zone’s presence and cheer and boo who ‘they’re supposed to’.

4-Way Tag Team Match for the Vacant Tag Team Championship

In what might as well be the Broken Hardy’s Tag-Team invitational, 4 teams will compete for their now vacant tag titles. Lost off-screen via contract negotiations. The only winner in this match should be Decay. Abyss and Crazy Steve are the most over tag team at Impact, and will give the championship back its legitimacy. Especially since they were feuding with the Hardys for the better part of late 2016.

Impact however, has been pushing Reno Scum well, making them look quite strong. It’s quite too early to hand them over the titles though, at least clean. Let the fans become better connected first. The ‘Oi Oi Oi’ on the mic might win new fans over in time if done right, be gradual, subtle. LAX might win through interference and sheer numbers. Laredo Kid & Garza Jr are likely in the match for some great spots and maybe take the pinfall. They need way more time to develop a personal connection with the audience.

Rosemary will be doing a ‘Knockouts Burial Celebration’ tonight, sure to be one of the highlights of Impact. She’d be right too, since with Jade actually out of the company her competition is gone. This segment has the potential to have a Josh Matthews worked-shoot feel to it. Impact should be very protective of Rosemary, she’s one of Impact Wrestling’s true breakthrough stars. She could continue going over all challengers both on the mic and in the ring.

The Cody/Moose feud continues on tonight’s Impact. We discussed the similarities Cody and Brandi Rhodes have to Marc Mero and Sable recently. This rivalry will end up putting Brandi Rhodes over at the expense of Cody if he’s not careful. Instead of promoting the Bullet Club connection he’s slowly building a ‘bad husband’ kind of persona. What would change everything is Brandi going heel, hitting Moose in a final match while laughing with Cody afterwards. Cutting a promo, Lana style about her husband.

The X Division has consistently been one of the best parts of Impact for years now and continues to be. Trevor Lee makes a great champion and Andrew Everett, his former tag-team parter with a perfect shooting star press makes for an excellent match every week. Along with DJZ, the X Division is stacked with talent at the moment.

If you take a close look and click on this Tweet you’ll notice Impact’s Official account refers to the pair as the Broken Wolves. A clear shot at the Hardys. Another sign this real-life legal feud between the Hardys and Anthem over rights to the Broken Universe is not going anywhere soon.

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Rob Van Dam Returns at Pacific Coast Wrestling (Video)

Rob Van Dam returned to the ring last weekend over at Pacific Coast Wrestling’s High Tide Event and delievered his patented 5 Star Frog Splash!

Rob Van Dam made his long awaited return against former WWE Superstar MVP and retained the PCW Heavyweight title. RVD came away with the win in classic fashion with a top tier 5 Star Splash you can see in the video below.

Rob Van Dam Wins in 5-Star Style against MVP!

Another Angle of that patented 5 Star Frog Splash!

Simply top notch! Nobody does the frog splash quite like RVD.

RVD Battles John Hennigan Next at Pacific Coast Wrestling

Pacific Coast Wrestling fans will be seeing RVD again on June 2nd’s PCW Showdown event in Los Angeles. RVD will be facing off against John Hennigan, known to WWE fans as John Morrison / Johnny Nitro formerly of tag team MNM and his tag team run with The Miz.

Hennigan has recently been involved with Lucha Underground and AAA (Asistencia Asesoría y Administración). Rob Van Dam will again be defending the PCW World Title in the upcoming match against Hennigan.

Pacific Coast Wrestling Showdown Details

California locals can find tickets for purchase at this link. PCW Showdown will be taking place at Memorial Hall located on 231 W C ST. Wilmington, CA.

See More RVD and Pacific Coast Wrestling Online

You can find previous Pacific Coast Wrestling events over at Amazon. PCW Clear the Way (2016) features Rob Van Dam going up against then PCW Heavyweight Champion Pentagon Jr.

Hometown Edge
An LA native, John Hennigan will be back home for this match, much to the endearment of the local crowd. Of course, while RVD is originally from Battle Creek Michigan, his residence/billing is over at Los Angles these days. It’s sure to be another great match with styles that really mesh! Kind of like RVD’s said before in a shoot video about Jeff Hardy and him just knowing what’s cool. We can expect this match to have plenty of fun spots.

Rob Van Dam’s Dream Match
RVD was recently asked about his one dream match on Twitter, his answer? None other than Bruce Lee!

We’d all certainly love to see that match, maybe in a video game someday.

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#MakeImpactGreat Implies Impact Was Never Great, Marketing 101 Folks

Who thought it was a good idea to market TNA’s rebrand with #MakeImpactGreat? Essentially alluding to the company never being great at all.

The satire writes itself, my friends. This isn’t some meta Broken Universe style poking fun at ourselves (spot monkeys etc.) joke either. It’s totally serious. Ever since Impact Wrestling was officially rebranded under the now infamous Anthem owl, #MakeImpactGreat has been the reigning slogan. Not only does this suggest TNA’s storied history was just meh, it takes a collective slap to present and past roster members. Were the AJ Styles and Kurt Angle days not great? Why was Don West shilling the AJ Styles DVD on Impact/online then last week?

How about the X Division originals? What about the legendary Scott Steiner Samoa Joe promo? Raven’s original title reign. Recent days with the Broken Hardys, Decay, DCC, Eli Drake’s Fact of Life. There’s a reason talents like AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, James Storm are immediately accepted by fans in the WWE. No transition period needed. There were some great times in TNA (that’s right not just Impact), fans recognize and remember it. TNA Impact Wrestling is/was the closest thing to a WCW in the modern days of Wrestling. It got national attention on Spike TV.

The Slogan in Action:

Yet, #MakeImpactGreat, meaning things will become great now. Except Impact Wrestling reintroduced LAX last week, brought back one of the great promos Konnan and will have ODB back this week. Does that mean they weren’t great enough to #MakeImpactGreat before? Or simply that a poor choice of a Marketing hashtag/slogan was chosen to represent the company… Pretty sure we all know which one it is.

Take a page out of the WWE’s machine, they called Brock Lesnar the Next Big Thing upon his arrival. Sounds crisp, the future presented in a positive way. Remember John Cena was once known as The Prototype in his OVW days. Meaning Cena had a more marketable brand label as a developmental wrestler than Impact has currently as a company.

Now we all know, where the term #MakeImpactGreat really originates from and plays off of. The topical 2016 Election slogan. The ‘again’ part though, seems to have been lost on the current promotional department. It makes a huge difference. If you can’t add that part in, just choose a new slogan. Something fresh that TNA Impact Wrestling could have made their own and unique. A fresh start.

Impact Wrestling Promos Implying Impact Will Now Be Great, Simultaneously Bringing Names Back from TNA’s “not so great” Past to #MakeImpactGreat. Irony.

Remember, it’s none of the talent’s fault. They were great talents back in the day as they are now. They should be presented the way WWE markets Goldberg right now. Warriors from TNA’s storied past coming to make a statement again.

Instead of making TNA a dirty word now that it’s Impact Wrestling, embrace the roots. It’s all the same company and video library.

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WWE Reportedly in talks to Buyout Ring of Honor from Sinclair

Earth shattering news in the indie wrestling scene! According to Pro Wrestling Sheet’s sources, WWE has been quietly discussing a potential deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Group to buyout Ring of Honor. The stealth talk has apparently been going on since this January and would see a full blown takeover of ROH. What happens to their weekly TV show in such a scenario? It would air on the WWE Network.

Now there’s no guarantee every current roster member would be included in this proposition. However, considering how much talent WWE has ‘raided’ from Ring of Honor in recent years it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the majority of the talent kept. The real question is will there be a cross-brand feud between NXT and Ring of Honor? Perhaps Ring of Honor continues operating separately from NXT but under the WWE’s umbrella. A vision that could see WWE becoming not just a company for WWE wrestling but rather all wrestling. The equivalent of an ESPN airing every sports show in its field.

Of course let’s not jump to conclusions completely yet, as no official deal has been offered yet. It wasn’t that long ago we thought TNA Impact Wrestling’s video library would end up in the hands of the WWE after the company was hemorrhaging money left and right. Only for the WWE to lose interest with TNA eventually going toward Anthem. WWE did send out email surveys to certain fans of the WWE network last year, regarding interest in independent wrestling content like TNA and Ring of Honor. Showcasing a price tier system to subscribers.

Potential Invasion Angle with the Hardys?

In the midst of all these WWE/ROH talks, one cannot ignore the perfect opportunity to present an n.W.o style invasion led by the Hardys. It wasn’t that long ago that Broken Matt Hardy referenced the Walking Dead with WWE as Sanctuary and the rest of the indie scene as communities in the struggle.

As Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy are in talks themselves to return to the WWE, and are currently their tag team champions, a golden opportunity is presenting itself. One that hasn’t been seen in a quite a long time in the industry. Since the days of WCW/ECW…

Let’s see how this all plays out.

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WWE Reportedly Offers Contracts to Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy

Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy – Photo Credit: Broken Matt Hardy via Twitter

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, the WWE has now reportedly offered contracts to both Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy. That said they might not be able to bring the Broken gimmick along for the ride as the Impact Wrestling/Anthem lawsuits are not progressing well.

WWE might not want to deal with potential lawsuits and have them come back just as the Hardys, rather than the Broken Hardys. Maybe allowing them to subtle refer to their Broken past, like Gallows/Anderson/Styles do with ‘The Club’. “The Great Deleter” Matt Hardy? Who knows how the WWE will decide to handle it if the Hardys choose to return.

This will be a first of kinds. WWE is seldom placed in such a situation where they’d want to retain a gimmick from a company they rarely refer to as even existing. Previous TNA talents have kept their names, though some tweaked their gimmicks slightly. However, it wasn’t due to a impending cease and desist order but the WWE wanting to make the talents their own. Not to mention using the Broken gimmick will obviously bring light to TNA Impact Wrestling no matter what.

The WWE cannot just shelve this TNA past though and expect fans to sit idly by. These are not the same fans from the past, unaware of what’s going on outside of the WWE/WCW. The Delete Chants are not going to just go softly into the night. In fact they were alive and well last Monday Night Raw at Barclays Center.

Nevertheless, what’s going on behind the scenes between Hardy House/Anthem has gotta be much worse than they’re letting on. What’s going on already in a modern public forum on Twitter is already telling enough.

While Matt Hardy has let it be known on Twitter he feels disrespected by the company, his wife Reby has been much less forgiving.

Reby Hardy Comments on the Anthem Owl:

TNA’s Cease and Desist Orders:

Reby mentions TNA actively sending cease and desist orders to cable providers against Ring of Honor’s pay per view featuring the Hardys. Dish Network, then reportedly chose to not air the show according to Wrestling Observer Radio.

Matt Hardy Wanted To Leave Impact Wrestling On Good Terms:

It’s clear that this lawsuit between Hardy House and Anthem, the current owners of TNA Impact Wrestling is only just beginning.

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Cody and Brandi Rhodes reminds of Marc Mero and Sable

Cody and Brandi Rhodes – Photo Credit: Impact Wrestling via Pop TV/Anthem

What’s the end goal in this Cody/Moose feud? To make us cheer for Brandi Rhodes kayfabe leaving her husband for Moose? Serious Sable and Marc Mero vibes…

Instead of establishing the popular NJPW Bullet Club connection, Cody is slowly being presented as a bad husband heel. Is it so good for his career? Time will tell of course, but it didn’t quite work out for ‘Wildman’ Marc Mero in the WWF eventually. Though it was a memorable storyline of the Attitude era, the ‘bad boyfriend’ character label stuck with fans. Stifling future face potential.

As Jim Cornette tells in a Kayfabe Commentaries’ shoot interview, the booking team back in the office was absolutely infatuated with Sable’s beauty. It seems like one of the reasons they brought in Mero was to also indirectly sign a then unknown Sable.

At first Mero played the babyface rescuing Sable from a jealous Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Sable played Triple H’s valet at the time). Kind of similar to the role that Moose is playing now… Except Moose is not married to Brandi in real life, Cody is and fans know this. The internet age means fans are smart to such kayfabe. Indirectly hurting this storyline.

Mero’s character in the WWF took a turn as ‘Marvelous Marc Mero’ as a boxer (hinting at violent overtones) to a jealous of Sable’s popularity gimmick. What did Cody do this week on Impact Wrestling? Come out to interrupt his wife’s very first one on one match. Setting him up for a narrative where he is jealous of his wife’s ‘babyface popularity’.

Eventually Sable became the lead star and Mero was figuratively ‘carrying her bags’ by the end of his run in the WWF according to Cornette.

The ‘insecure, jealous’ label would be stuck to Mero as a wrestler for pretty much the rest of his career. Though he revived his old Johnny B. Badd gimmick in TNA, ‘Marvelous’ Marc Mero is what’s he’s remembered for. Every passing week of Impact is making Cody out to be jealous of his wife’s spotlight. Now, Impact does not get the same kind of viewership as the WWE, so it might not stick forever. However, these kind of characterizations are difficult to shake in the long-term. One must wonder, how does it serve Cody’s long term goals of reestablishing himself?

There are three ways this storyline can potentially end for Cody.

1) Brandi Rhodes turns heel, cheap shots Moose giving Cody the win in a final match of the feud. Recalling Stephanie McMahon/Triple H back in the day. This is the best way to get everyone involved over tremendously. As Cody and Brandi Rhodes would be majorly over as heels while Moose stays face with the crowd.

There seems to be some kind theme lately in wrestling where the booking teams expect us to cheer for a face flirting with a heel’s wife. The same thing happened in the Rusev/Enzo Amore WWE storyline. Why exactly was Rusev, the heel for being angry that Enzo was trying to get with his wife?

The same applies here, why should fans cheer Moose exchanging numbers with Brandi Rhodes in this narrative? Just because Cody is suppose to be a heel so he’s automatically ‘jealous/insecure’ for not playing naive/’cool’?

2) A Macho Man Randy Savage / Ms. Elizabeth-like popularity surge in the mainstream. This is the most unlikely scenario. Cody is not yet an established mainstream act like Randy Savage was and is now known still to a majority of fans as Stardust. Every storyline counts, especially without the WWE’s marketing machine promoting him everywhere to fans.

3) Brandi Rhodes tires of Cody’s ‘jealous’ ways and leaves him, maybe becomes Moose’s valet, is singles wrestler in Women’s division. Mero/Sable story redux in many ways. The most obvious and predictable storyline end. Bullet Club signs Cody’s been throwing around lately fall to white noise background as Brandi Rhodes becomes an ultra babyface. Goes by just Brandi.

At best after the feud’s conclusion, Cody can only go back to being a face by ‘begging forgiveness’ on air. Otherwise he is known as the ‘jealous bad husband’ instead of a leading heel Bullet Club stable member. This is the storyline that will probably play out, so again what’s the end goal here? At least as Cody goes… It’s not an everyday feud.

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Impact Cannot Replace Hardys, Title Controversy is Simple Distraction

Photo Credit: Broken Matt Hardy / Ring of Honor via Twitter

Impact Wrestling’s biggest draws are now in Ring of Honor, and they’re trying to mask that fact with manufactured Title Controversy. Mere Distraction.

No matter what you thought of Impact Wrestling’s reboot last week or Alberto El Patrón’s debut last week, the fact remains… The Broken Hardys, Matt and Jeff Hardy are gone. The duo who kept the lights on TNA and brought mainstream wrestling fan attention have vanished from Impact. It’s no parlor trick or Broken Brilliance, just a strange business decision.

You would think Impact Wrestling’s biggest attraction the last year would be wined and dined like royalty to stay. Keep that sense of cool around the six-sided ring as something alternate from the WWE. Now Ring of Honor is benefitting from a modern day Outsiders-like invasion.

Has Impact Wrestling not learning from watching their former home-grown stars like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode just to name a few, dominating the main event scene in their respective WWE brands? Austin Aries back healthy and getting in the swing of 205 live. Sanity over at NXT with Eric Young. James Storm would probably be feuding with Roode right now if he had stayed or on the main Raw/Smackdown roster.

Now Alberto El Patrón is rumored to return his belt for winning like a heel would? It’s manufactured title controversy created in-house not organically from fans. Alberto is not exactly known for being a babyface. It’s all a diversion from the real question, where are the Hardys?

Now Impact referenced them in basically a burial segment by Decay last week instead of allowing them to drop the titles on TV. However, Impact Wrestling’s audience is generally made up a of an internet friendly smart mark fanbase. They know where the Hardys are. If this was the WWE we’d be looking at a CM Punk situation. Fortunately for Impact Wrestling the fans in Orlando just wanna be understandably entertained. It’s a mainstay there now, not a touring one-off. A New York or Philly crowd would be quite harsh.

Why would Alberto El Patrón ever give up the title for ‘cheap’ tactics? It’s a parlor trick to temporarily distract from the real story in TNA right now. Talents leaving in mass, from the Broken Hardys, to the Bennetts, to Jade. Maria was the center of the whole Allie feud and now we’re expected to just forget?

Distraction won’t work, saying there will be changes won’t work. What will happen is instead of fans chanting delete in the hopes the Broken Hardys return like CM Punk in the WWE, they’ll just google where they’re performing now. Impact Wrestling’s loss will be Ring of Honor’s gain, and in this indie scene every big name counts.

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Broken Hardys to be at Ring of Honor’s 15th Anniversary PPV

Broken Hardys, the Young Bucks, Roppongi Vice – ROH 15th Anniversary Poster – Photo Credit: Broken Matt Hardy/Ring of Honor via Twitter

Ring of Honor’s new tag team champs Broken Matt Hardy and Jeff ‘Brother Nero’ Hardy, are arriving at Sin City for a triple threat Vegas street fight! The freshly captured titles are on the line as the Bucks of Youth (Matt and Nick Jackson) and Roppongi Vice (Beretta and Rocky Romero) challenge the Broken Hardys.

The Young Bucks are on a roll lately and with just a bit of Broken Brilliance in this feud they could be on their way to mainstream superstardom. The Bullet Club duo officially began their feud with the Broken Hardys through a video recorded message at Ring of Honor’s Final Battle. Broken Matt Hardy promised to render the Bucks of Youth’s title reign obsolete. Though the feud really all started initially through the wonder of Twitter. Another Tweet to reality success story by Broken Matt Hardy. Tweets are a major part of modern wrestling feuds, no joke.

Broken Matt cashed in his promise with a victory after a timely Swanton from Jeff Hardy last weekend at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Broken Matt Hardy Challenges the Young Bucks at ROH’s Final Battle

Will the Broken Hardys do for the Young Bucks what they did for Decay and DCC? After all, both became popular worthwhile draws and merchandise boosters in TNA Impact Wrestling after their feuds. The super-kicking Young Bucks have the wrestling talent, fan respect and potential to break out.

“Tables, Ladders, Chairs & DELETIONS.”

The Broken Hardys actively feuding in Ring of Honor is a big deal. A major deal. We’re talking two superstars that would easily be main eventers again in WWE, right now on the spot. TNA Impact Wrestling’s loss is honestly Ring of Honor’s gain. Ring of Honor will be majorly elevated as a promotion from the Broken Hardys making appearances. All tag teams involved in this match stand to get a great deal of overness/heat from this match.

The Broken Hardys keeping their immense run steamrolling, keeping their indie cred alive as the main show in town outside of the WWE. The Young Bucks and Roppongi Vice getting acquainted with a whole new group of fans that might have never seen them before.

See the special Las Vegas ROH PPV from the official Ring of Honor website or on FITE TV!

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Broken Hardys Win ROH Tag Titles, WWE Next? (Video)

Broken Hardys Win ROH Tag Titles at ROH Manhattan Mayhem VI – Photo Credit: Ring of Honor via Twitter 

The Broken Hardys invaded Ring of Honor’s Manhattan Mayhem VI at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom this weekend! In a surreal Outsiders-like moment, the Broken Hardys made good on their promise to the Young Bucks. The lights dimmed, and just like that the Broken Hardys of TNA lore appeared before the Bucks of Youth. Ready to take another pair of titles in the Expedition for Gold. Let’s take a look at a fan video of Jeff Hardy hitting the customary Swanton with Broken Matt taking the cover for the win.

A few things you might notice, fans celebrating like the old days throwing stuff into the ring like its 90s WCW. The Broken Hardys theme song is different, intentional or legal decision? Though their TNA Impact theme was Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, which should be public domain, perhaps the particular TNA mix was not granted. It’s a bit different than the Decay situation where Marilyn Manson’s song ‘The Nobodies’ was likely licensed to TNA because of friendship with Billy Corgan. The Broken Hardys might be able to reacquire use of Moonlight Sonata, a call to Jimmy Hart to provide a new mix would be a great move.

There might be motions going behind the scenes to stop the use of said theme or even the gimmick in some respects. You’ll notice below when Broken Matt speaks to Ring of Honor’s fans he refers to Brother Nero only as Nero. However, right after Jeff sings the classic obsolete song about the Bucks of Youth. It’s difficult to say for sure if coincidence or ongoing legal proceedings.

TNA gets soundly booed by the Ring of Honor fans to the smiling delight of a Broken Matt who likely feels wronged by contract negotiations. The fans reaction to the Broken Hardys was immense, a choir, orchestra of deletes chanted throughout the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Jeff Hardy’s Obsolete song was similarly beyond over with the fans, as they sang along like wrestling’s purest encore. The Broken Hardys popularity is only growing, maybe a tour around the world’s wrestling federations was just what they needed. The Expedition for Gold is no longer merely kayfabe storyline, it’s reality.

The Broken Hardy’s Prestigious Resume in 2017

They don’t do surprises like this anymore in the era of internet spoilers. Check out the fans’ genuine high voltage excitement at the Broken Hardys’ apparance in the Twitter video captured below by user @thebookofrob.

Broken Hardys Appear at Ring of Honor’s Manhattan Mayhem VI

It was deletion central at Ring of Honor. It’s clear today’s fans are more than aware of the wrestling options availably globally to them thanks to the internet. It’s a different world than the TV broadcast dominated days of past.

Broken Matt Issues to Challenge to WWE’s Gallows and Anderson

Is this Ring of Honor run a brief stop on the way to the WWE? Broken Matt has been interacting with WWE’s talents lately, including current WWE Smackdown Champion Bray Wyatt. Who told Broken Matt on Twitter ‘you know where to find us’.

WWE’s Karl Anderson Responds to Broken Matt Hardy

It appears WWE wrestlers have been told they can interact with the Broken Hardys more casually than before. Preparation for a potentional return? Or teasing the fans, maybe even to gauge a reaction? A Twitter feud could easily go viral and build up a WWE return without a single promo. A modern buildup to a feud.

Here’s a recent interview with Broken Matt Hardy prior to leaving TNA where he discusses the possibility of returning to the WWE. The interview was published on February 27, 2017 by Youtube Channel Inside the Ropes.

Read more about the Broken Hardys’ Expedition for Gold!

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TNA Impact Wrestling Preview for 3/2/17: Rosemary Vs Jade

TNA Impact Wrestling sees Decay’s Rosemary take on a departing Jade for the TNA Knockouts Championship tonight. Major talent departing TNA.

TNA Impact Wrestling is going through massive changes. First of all, one of the biggest storylines in TNA and wrestling period ‘The Broken Hardys’ are gone. Feeling disrespected by the company they kept afloat and alive in the mainstream for all of 2016.

Last week’s Impact Wrestling featured an Attitude era-like classic in Laurel Van Ness-Braxton Sutter’s Wedding… Now the primary antagonists in the Allie saga, Maria Kanellis Bennett and ‘The Miracle’ Mike Bennett have left the building. Drew Galloway who faces Moose tonight for the Impact Grand Wrestling Championship is leaving. Former Knockouts Champion Jade, who’s currently feuding with Decay’s Rosemary also on her way out.

Jeff Jarrett and Dutch Mantel are back to running the show like the old days of NWA TNA. Whether things would have been different talent-wise and creatively with the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan at the throne is a good what-if. As music licensing is concerned (Decay is a great example) definitley, and he liked what ‘the Broken Hardys’ were doing and where they taking wrestling.

Now we’re at a crossroads. The defacto new main attraction of TNA is Rosemary/Decay and while she can more than handle the responsibility, wrestling is always better with great antagonists to play off of. The Broken Hardys/Decay feud pushed the Decay faction into the limelight and greatly evolved Rosemary’s character inside and outside of the ring. She evolved with the storyline as did Abyss and Crazy Steve.

Eli Drake, already on the brink of main eventing will now be one of TNA Impact’s main draws. Before you could have built Eli Drake with established names in Wrestling in the Hardys to make WWE fans become acquainted with Drake like Decay has. Now that option is gone. James Storm and EC3 will be one of the few TNA built stars that remain as established names at the company.

You could say based on Jade leaving in real life this match will likely go to Rosemary retaining the Knockouts title. Which she should either way as she’s Impact Wrestling’s biggest name right now as it pertains expanding the fan base. Rosemary’s character is fresh and her wide appeal to an untapped fanbase is something to watch. Just like Raven’s grungy character and flock brought new pairs of eyes on WCW, Rosemary can do the same for TNA Impact Wrestling. This should be a great final match between Rosemary and Jade to finish the feud. Great chemistry in the ring between the two.

The Cody/Moose feud is on to an excellent start. You couldn’t help but cheer for Cody, a man who’s been away over at NJPW while another wrestler attempts to step in on his wife. This is a long term storyline and judging by Brandi Rhodes looking back after Cody hit the Crossroads, the tension will only be growing. A heel turn by Brandi on Moose would be the best twist to push a refreshing narrative with an eventually Bullet Club invasion led by Cody. Imagine Kenny Omega making an appearance in Impact Wrestling.

On one side Drew Galloway is leaving Impact Wrestling, so he seems likely to drop the belt to Moose. Then Cody interfering and costing Moose the chance at becoming a 2-time Grand Champion would be the most obvious match ending. Difficult to say if Galloway drops the belt tonight or hands it back behind closed doors and leaves the company like the Broken Hardys.

MMA is alive and well in TNA Impact Wrestling with former UFC Heavyweight Champ Josh Barnett facing Bobby Lashley for the TNA World Championship. Lashley will likely retain but this should be an on-going feud for a while and the match probably finished with Lashley winning in underhanded fashion. Maybe an interference, it’s too early for a clean pin at this stage of the game.

One of Impact Wrestling’s most underrated stars Trevor Lee will face his former tag-team partner Andrew Everett for the X Division title. Sure to be an excellent wrestling match between the two X Division talents. Trevor Lee probably takes home the gold… Though it wouldn’t surprise to see Everett take the belt and make Trevor Lee chase the title for a while.

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