Tonight is a big one for TNA....or Impact Wrestling....or Global Force Wrestling.
Either way, Slammiversary is tonight. Led by former WCW and NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett, Global Force Wrestling has taken over as the brand name for the company. However, in the middle of the optimism regarding the future of the company, Jarrett has a very public legal squabble with The Hardy Boyz over the "broken" gimmick.
"I'm not going to comment on a legal battle, but I will say that I understand IP [Intellectual Property] law," Jarrett told Sports Illustrated. "Whether it's a song you write or a television show or a movie or professional wrestling, there are three components to IP law. There is publishing, there are writers, and there are performers. The publisher is always the owner. The discussions have really gotten twisted, but IP law is real simple. The publishers are the owners. I'll leave it at that because I want to take the high road. I think very highly of Jeff, and I respect Matt Hardy's ability, quite frankly, more than he ever will know, but business is business. I'm very happy for their success, and they're kicking butt in WWE."
The Hardy Family, however, are very confident they'll end up with the rights to the gimmick, and much more. The disagreement came when the Hardys and then-TNA Wrestling couldn't come to terms on an exit plan, and the Hardys ended up heading to ROH, then WWE. TNA would send ROH and the Hardys a cease and desist letter to prevent the team from using the gimmick.
You can see Jarrett's full interview at this link.
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