Asher Hale comments on NXT debut, new trademark

May 5, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

WWE filed to trademark the “Asher Hale” ring name on April 30.

Hale, formerly known as EVOLVE star Anthony Henry, made his WWE NXT debut on last night’s show, losing to Cameron Grimes.

The following use description was included with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) filing:

“IC 040. US 100 103 106. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and through broadcast media including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; providing information in the fields of sports and entertainment via an online community portal; providing a website in the field of sports entertainment information; fan club services, namely, organizing sporting events in the field of wrestling for wrestling fan club members; organizing social entertainment events for entertainment purposes for wrestling fan club members; providing online newsletters in the fields of sports entertainment; online journals, namely blogs, in the field of sports entertainment”

As noted, Hale is a former EVOLVE Tag Team Champion and a former FIP World Heavyweight Champion. He was announced as a member of the WWE Performance Center Class in January of this year after being rumored to sign with the company for months.

Hale took to Twitter after last night’s match and tweeted photos from his first official WWE photo shoot.

“New begginings! Asher Hale has arrived @WWENXT,” he wrote.

One fan commented that they already missed Hale’s technical style of in-ring work.

He responded, “It’s not gone…that was only one match… stay tuned”

Several fans commented on social media how Hale looks like “a rip-off Shane Thorne” with his updated look. Thorne is currently Slapjack on the main roster.

“Sweet,” wrote Hale in response to one of these comments.

Stay tuned for more on Hale in NXT. Below is footage from last night’s debut against Grimes, along with related tweets:

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