18. Jeff Hardy Says There Were No Talks Of Using The BROKEN Gimmick When The Hardy Boyz Signed With WWE Prior To WrestleMania 33
During a recent appearance on “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy discussed the BROKEN gimmick and the possibility of him and Matt Hardy using it in WWE.
Jeff noted that when they signed with WWE prior to WrestleMania 33, there were no talks of them using the BROKEN gimmick:
“No, there was no talk of using the Broken gimmick in WWE, because we did the Ring of Honor pay-per-view. That’s when we got the whole cease and desist letter. They said if we use it, ‘we’re going to sue you’ and sue Ring Of Honor. I think Dish Network, they didn’t air the pay-per-view because of the threat or whatever because it said the Broken Universe characters were specifically developed for Matt and Jeff Hardy and that is so far from the truth. Yeah, the Hardys developed the characters and even Billy Corgan.
I love Billy, man. He was right out there with us, man, throughout two long nights of filming. Yeah, yeah, he almost owned it. And I think, honestly, I’d probably still be there now if it still would have worked out.” Hardy “It’s cool to hear people chant ‘Brother Nero’ even here. Hopefully, one of these days, I will emerge as The Brother Nero.”
Raw wrestler Dean Ambrose was also a guest on this podcast and he said the following about the BROKEN gimmick:
“Oh, man, it’s like… it’s like, not even outside the box. It’s outside of a different box in a different room. I don’t even mess with your box, man. I just do my own box and I’m going to get outside of that. It’s gutsy to do something that’s so different and it’s cool because it seems like it really got over. You can’t compare it to anything else. Like, that’s really cool.”