In the court of public opinion, Global Force Wrestling/Impact Wrestling is losing its legal battle with the Hardys over who owns the "Broken Hardys" intellectual property, but now the company apparently has lost out on a potential business partnership with a
nationally known restaurant
in Dundalk, Md.
On Aug. 4, Matt Hardy's wife, Reby, tweeted a screenshot of a direct message conversation on Twitter between Impact Wrestling and Jimmy's Famous Seafood.
John Minadakis, one of the owners of Jimmy's, is a huge wrestling fan (he's even stepped inside the ring a couple times for MCW Pro Wrestling in Joppa, Md., under the name Johnny Crab Cakes), but he said the decision to rebuff GFW's overture was a no-brainer.
Jimmy's is a favorite stop for a number of WWE stars -- including Matt and Jeff Hardy -- when they are anywhere near the area. Minadakis also estimated "80 percent of the NXT guys and 15-20 WWE people" have Jimmy's meal preps shipped to them, including Braun Strowman, Charlotte and Samoa Joe.
"I don't think [GFW] realized the relationship we have with Matt and Jeff. They got caught with their pants down," said Minadakis, who noted that he speaks often with Matt Hardy and said Hardy got a chuckle out of it. "Although we don't have a direct relationship with WWE, the WWE and NXT guys really put our name out there. I just felt if we did anything with Global Force or whatever they're calling themselves these days, it would kind of be a smack in the face."
Minadakis added he thought it was odd GFW made its pitch to Jimmy's via Twitter.
"It's completely unprofessional," Minadakis said. "I thought it was a joke at first but then I saw that it was a verified account."
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