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WWE trademarked CM Punk’s name

WWE recently trademarked CM Punk’s name for merchandising purposes, which likely means they are planning a product line for him, reports the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. It can also be seen as a hint WWE plans to turn Punk babyface somewhere down the line. Even though WWE has trademarked the name, Punk retains the ownership of it since he created the intellectual property.

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13 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    I expect a face turn at the PPV. The respect thing is a sign of this and will likely happen at the end of the PPV. Btw, wouldnt it make sense to have Rock go heel against Cena?

  2. RJ Ace says:

    They can have Rock go heel on Cena all they want but there is no way the Wrestlemania crowd cheers Cena over The Rock. As far as Punk goes, I’m not sure what that means. I don’t know what all goes into trademarking. Does that mean he can still use the name in ROH or the indys? If he owns the rights to the name, does WWE have to get his permission to use it?

  3. JayJay says:

    He still owns the name because he came up with it before he came into the WWE. So he can use the name where ever he wants. He just basically signed a merchandise deal with the WWE so they can still make action figures and posters, and so on.

  4. deathedge says:

    To put it in DX terms, Punk is like Cocky (the South Carolina mascot) at this point

    He’s in he’s out he’s in he’s out…

  5. Rob Roy says:

    But isn’t he leaving in 10 days?

  6. IronHyde says:

    Question: is this similar to what happened to the Dudley’s, hence the name change Team 3D in TNA? Or is this a totally different situation?

  7. Damian says:

    Totally different because WWE bought all the rights from ECW and thats where the Dudley Boyz started. It’s kinda weird though because as soon as I saw this I immediately thought he was leaving the company and they wanted to screw him or something.

  8. Drakeo says:

    almost similar with Christian when he left WWE,he kept “Captain Charisma”

  9. -Jay- says:

    Hurry up Money in the Bank…getting kinda sick of this Punk/WWE fiasco already, sort it out leave or stay but get on with it. The rest of the product is still piss poor, will it get any much needed attention?

  10. JK says:

    Punk can use his name wherever. Very rare for WWE to bring someone in without owning the rights to their name and character. There are some they did not own in the past. Hulk is trademarked by Marvel Comics. Rowdy Piper owns the rights to his name. However, Bret Hart I believe had to purchase the rights to use “Hitman” from WWE. WWE owned “Dudley Boys” but they didn’t own “Booker T”. They also cannot own real names such as “Kurt Angle”. It’s a mess, but I can see WWE’s view on this, why would you create something and put money into it, only to let them leave and make someone else money? See what happened with Razor Ramon and Diesel, where WWE decided to continue the characters with other wrestlers portraying them, albeit, unsuccessfully.

  11. DeathNote81 says:

    “Intellectual property.” That’s funny.

  12. AJ Starr says:

    JK… problem is, in a lot of instances, they sign people who made their own names, and won’t sign them, unless they sign over all rights to their names.

    The Dudleyz are a prime example.

  13. Mackdeezy says:

    Isn’t Booker T kinda a real name? His name is Booker Tio Huffman….. Booker T for short…. Right?

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