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EC3 Issues An Injunction Forcing Matt Hardy To Vacate TNA World Heavyweight Title

Earlier today it was widely reported that Ethan Carter III had issued a storyline injunction on Matt Hardy, who beat EC3 for the TNA World Title at Sunday’s Bound For Glory PPV. Below is a Facebook post from EC3 about his reasoning behind the injunction.

Hello,
My name is Ethan Carter the Third (the third of my name,) the only undefeated World Champion in TNA History and, as preposterous as this is to say, the only undefeated former World Champion in Wrestling History.

For the two years I’ve been in TNA I have thrived and succeeded. Like many, I started at the very bottom, I had to earn my successes. Fortunately I was blessed with determination, resolution, a formidable skill set, and most importantly, unwavering fan support. Through these gifts, the world watched on 7/01/15 EC3 (me) defeat the greatest champion of our time, Kurt Angle, and culminate a life’s work by becoming THE World Champion.

One does not take that honor lightly. As my reign as champion began, I made a promise wrestling fans across the globe that the sanctity of that title would be upheld. The World Title would be contested with one thing in mind.

FAIR COMPETITION.

Well FAIR COMPETITION is not what transpired on 10/04/15 in Charlotte, NC.

Collusion is defined as “secret cooperation for an illegal purpose” and in the court of public opinion, allow me to present you with the facts.

-The owner of the company, with her own interests in mind, change the originally scheduled EC3 v. Galloway World Title Match, to a triple threat AFTER the contracts were signed.

-The owner of the company changed the official of the contest without giving the champion more than one week’s notification.

-The official is not only a disgruntled former employee of the champion but also the FREAKING BROTHER OF THE CHALLENGER.

-The official was directly involved in the match’s conclusion by assaulting the champion.

Those are simply the facts.

These facts, this evidence of collusion, was enough that my legal team saw and was granted an injunction via the seventh circuit court that prevents Matt Hardy from appearing on Impact Wrestling as TNA World Champion.

Matt Hardy has two options now. Relinquish the title back to my possession, striking your win from the record books, and I will see it fit you have a one-on-one match in a fair setting, or, never appearing on TNA Television again.

I am the champion this company needs, and even through this tumultuous time I still feel deserves.

Justice will be served.

Thank you,
Ethan Carter III

Hardy noted that TNA’s legal team told him the first court date in regards to the injunction keeping him off TNA TV is months away.

With that in mind, he has relinquished the title. He goes on to say that he doesn’t want to relinquish the championship but he needs to do what’s best for TNA, and he will win the title again without controversy. See the below video for his full statement.

Ski’s Take – After the strange title switch at Bound For Glory this past Sunday, a lot of people were scratching their head in bemusement. Why take the championship from who is arguably the future of the company, in favor of a veteran that was only inserted into the title picture a few days before? To give Bound For Glory a great feel good ending? That was my thinking at the end of the PPV. A few days pass and all of a sudden, the TNA creative team seem to have pulled something from nothing (or they meant this to happen, but hey it’s TNA, when do they ever plan ahead?).

This storyline is all over social media, giving the flailing company some much needed exposure and good news.

But is it too late? Their TV deal with Destination America is apparently only running until the end of January, and with no other network in sight, could this major storyline be all for naught?