AEW Rumors: WWE is opposing Cody Rhodes over WCW Trademarks
While some things change, others simply remain the same. In the case of Cody Rhodes and his former employer WWE, there is now an ongoing battle over the issue of the old WCW trademarks that Rhodes has filed for. On November 19th, Rhodes also filed for trademarks on "Slamboree" and "SuperBrawl."
Here is the list of trademarks that Cody Rhodes currently has:
- The Match Beyond
- Bash at the Beach
- Dusty Rhodes
- Bunkhouse Stampede
- The American Dream
- The American Nightmare
- The Prince of Wrestling
As listed above, Cody now has the rights to his father's ring name because he plans to do a book or a movie in the near future. With regards to the WCW trademarks, it seems that Cody has been trying to get a lot of intellectual property that WWE doesn't own or hasn't used in a while.
Currently, it's unknown what trademarks Vince McMahon and WWE are currently opposing, but it could have something to do with the recent announcement that AEW Dynamite will have a Bash at the Beach themed episode on January 15th, 2020.
According to a recent report, "Some within WWE weren't happy with AEW promoting a Bash at the Beach, and there's talk that they may attempt to take action to stop it," said Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful. People within WWE believe that it sounds too similar to The Bash PPV that WWE held in 2009.
Whatever the case, it's going to be interesting how things pan out. Will WWE and Cody go to court or will cooler heads prevail? Wrestling fans will find out in due course of time.