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What does one do after losing the Universal Championship to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 33? The answer, of course, is obvious: lend your name to a fast-food snack.
The Sugar Factory – which describes itself as “America’s favorite brasserie and candy shop” – has announced Goldberg will be appearing at its Las Vegas branch on the 20th May, where you can get a selfie with the WCW legend, an autographed photo AND a taste of the GOLD-BURGER.
No, not a chat up line from the former WWE superstar, but a “limited edition monster GOLDBURGER gold-glazed bun, double angus beef patties, melted white and yellow cheddar, topped with onion rings, served with pickles, lettuce, tomato, Sugar Factory sauce, and hand cut fries”.
In the red corner, Matt & Jeff Hardy and the legal might of WWE. In the blue corner, Impact Wrestling and the fearsome Owl Men.
The legal battle over who, exactly, owns the Broken Hardys gimmick took an interesting turn over the weekend. After some sites claimed WWE had already acquired the character rights, PWInsider are now reporting Impact Wrestling has filed for the trademark rights for the names “Brother Nero”, “Broken Matt” and “Broken Brilliance”. This would suggest no backstage agreement has been reached between Impact and WWE, as TNA are still actively trying to acquire the rights to the gimmick.
In a typically restrained response, Reby Sky tweeted:
Cut everyone's pay & lay off a bunch of people
Let's spend $ to go after a woman who's 8mo. pregnant & no longer works here
— Reby Hardy (@RebyHardy) May 6, 2017
While Matt directly called out the president of Impact Wrestling:
— The VESSEL of MMH (@MATTHARDYBRAND) May 7, 2017
Wrestling News World are one of the sites who have persistently claimed WWE are nearing a deal with Impact Wrestling over the Broken gimmick rights, and now they’re reporting TNA’s latest trademark move is actually part of a bigger plan.
According to the site, once a deal was agreed between the two sides, WWE then asked Impact for the intellectual property paperwork, which include the trademarks TNA recently filed for. The masterstroke is, if the law rules that Impact do own the Broken gimmick rights, WWE just writes them a check and buys it off them. But, if the law decides Impact don’t own the characters, WWE can just start using Broken Matt and Jeff without paying any money.
If Wrestling News World are to be believed, WWE asking Impact Wrestling for the trademark paperwork is a genius way to, a) stop Impact dragging out the legal process over a period of months, and b) potentially not having to pay anything for the Broken gimmick rights.
Speaking of lawsuits, the Titus Brand appears to be in trouble. TMZ are reporting that O’Neil is being sued because he “allegedly flipped out and kicked the crap out of a WWE cameraman after a prank gone wrong for a YouTube show.”
Cameraman Donald Anderson claims he was hired for the WWE Network’s Swerved show, and on the 18th May, 2015, Titus was on the receiving end of an electric shock prank. But when O’Neil got zapped, he allegedly kicked the camera out of Anderson’s hand, “suffering major damage to his hand, fingers and wrist” and “was told to leave the premises immediately ‘in fear of the possibility of further attacks by Titus.’”
Anderson is demanding $1.2 million in damages.
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