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From the WWE Rumour Mill: WWE files for trademark suggesting inter-gender tournament is coming

Daniel Wood
4.50K   //    10 Nov 2017, 18:35 IST

Could Becky Lynch vs James Ellsworth be the start of something?
Could Becky Lynch vs James Ellsworth be the start of something?

What's the story?

Every time the WWE file to trademark a bunch of stuff you can usually get a good idea of what they have planned, or if any new Superstars are on their way.

Pwinsider have reported on the latest trademark applications from the WWE, with one of them indicating that a new type of tournament or match is coming.

In case you didn't know...

The WWE recently had their first inter-gender match in quite some time when James Ellsworth faced Becky Lynch on SmackDown LIVE. Ellsworth lost the match and has since been receiving a ton of punishment from all of the women on the SmackDown LIVE roster at house shows.

The heart of the matter

According to, the WWE have filed to trademark something that could suggest there will be more inter-gender matches on the way, either in a tournament, a series of matches, or just a match on RAW or SmackDown Live,

WWE have applied to trademark 'WWE Mixed Match Challenge',an interesting choice as it could be the title of a new series or event.

Of course, this is just an assumption on my part at this point, as 'Mixed Match' challenge could really mean anything, like for example, a series of matches where the participants take part in various stipulation matches to determine a winner.


What's next?

The reason I think the WWE might be heading towards an inter-gender tag-team tournament perhaps is that they seem to be slowing building towards it. We've had the Ellsworth match testing the water, and we've seen Zelina Vega physically attacking male wrestlers in NXT.

This could be a reality as the WWE already have two mixed-couples with Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega, and Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano, on NXT. I always thought the rivalry between Gargano and Almas was building towards an inter-gender tag-team match.

Author's take

It's also entirely possible that I'm not even close to guessing what 'WWE Mixed Match Challenge' means, what do you guys think this could be? Leave your ideas and suggestions below.

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Daniel Wood
Daniel Wood is a Cinema Manager, comic enthusiast and wrestling fan who has been writing all of his life. He promises never to use the term 'breaks the internet' unless something has literally broken the internet
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