Both Eric Bischoff and Taz have spoken about iMPACT! Wrestling President Ed Nordholm releasing his correspondence with Matt Hardy as well as portions of Hardy’s contract in the public verbal battle over Hardy’s “Broken” Universe gimmick.
Bischoff addressed the development in his Bischoff on Wrestling podcast while Taz discussed the news on this morning’s The Taz show, and neither of them were complementary. You can check out both audios below.
Bischoff said of the situation, “Ed’s playing all new levels of small ball. It’s just a very amateur and desperate to me. He’s just playing small ball. It doesn’t make any sense to me. There are confidentiality agreements that go both ways in a contract. When you start making moves like that and posturing.
With 250,000 viewers nationwide, maybe he feels the need to hold on to three or four them that may or may not watch the show because of this? That’s what it feels like to me. The audience they have is so small that he’s desperately trying to hold on to half a dozen viewers because he is leaking out info that makes them believe him. That’s how small ball this feels to me. It doesn’t make any sense. You start divulging portions of contracts to defend yourself in the peripheral wrestling media and you are basically hanging a big sign around your neck that says “Small Ball” and on the other side is says ‘Mark’.”
Meanwhile, Taz said that while he understands Nordholm wanting to protect iMPACT! Wrestling, disclosing private contract details was a dangerous move because it could damage the company’s trust with talent. He said, “In my opinion, as a wrestler, [iMPACT! Wrestling now runs] the risk of breaking trust with potential talent that could come work for you. I don’t know why you’d want to go wrestle for iMPACT! Wrestling.”