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AEW Full Gear Discussion Thread

Sylar

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Cody really needs to get around to getting his name back from WWE or legally changing it or something.

Simply using Cody worked for the indies for the most part, but you don't want to headline mainstream shows as "Cody."
 
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Cody really needs to get around to getting his name back from WWE or legally changing it or something.

Simply using Cody worked for the indies for the most part, but you don't want to headline mainstream shows as "Cody."
He’s been able to use Rhodes for a while now I believe. He just chooses not to
 

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He’s been able to use Rhodes for a while now I believe. He just chooses not to
I don't know if I believe this. I don't know why he'd want to just call himself Cody in his debut PPV title match.

Especially considering he lets Brandi use the Rhodes name on TV. If he didn't want to use it, I'd assume he'd have her just go by Brandi. One of the reasons he does is so when he comes out with her they're billed as Cody and Brandi Rhodes. Which wouldn't technically violate any trademark issues.
 

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I don't know if I believe this. I don't know why he'd want to just call himself Cody in his debut PPV title match.

Especially considering he lets Brandi use the Rhodes name on TV. If he didn't want to use it, I'd assume he'd have her just go by Brandi. One of the reasons he does is so when he comes out with her they're billed as Cody and Brandi Rhodes. Which wouldn't technically violate any trademark issues.

Couple years ago he did Talk is Jericho and he sticks with just Cody cause he thought the one name sounds cool i.e Cher, Bono
 
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I'm fine with him just being Cody bc I think him being a star with just that name is impressive in his own right, but let's not pretend Dusty doesn't get mentioned as his dad all the time so it's not a big deal either way for me....but that logic of it being cool like Cher or Bono when it's just an average ass name like "Cody" :TI:
 
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I just don't know if I believe him. I mean he has Rhodes in his Twitter bio and again everything I said before.

I think he's saving face. There would be no reason for Brandi to use it and him not to.

If he is doing it deliberately, stop it. Stop it now.
 

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I just don't know if I believe him. I mean he has Rhodes in his Twitter bio and again everything I said before.

I think he's saving face. There would be no reason for Brandi to use it and him not to.

If he is doing it deliberately, stop it. Stop it now.
I don’t think he has a reason to lie. If WWE didn’t allow it, come out and say it. Paint them as the evil empire everyone perceives them to be.

I truly think he likes the mystique of one name
 

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I don’t think he has a reason to lie. If WWE didn’t allow it, come out and say it. Paint them as the evil empire everyone perceives them to be.

I truly think he likes the mystique of one name
I think it's easier to lie than to consistently field questions about it. I know originally there was an issue because he would use Rhodes places US didn't have trademarks or when they weren't taped. Whether or not that changed, I don't know.

I mean maybe he does, but it's generic AF. Elias actually sounds cooler than Cody.
 

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Because it was driving me crazy anyone would voluntarily not use their globally recognized brand I looked it up.

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U.S. Trademark
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To ensure the most reliable and accurate search results of U.S. applications and registrations, users - particularly those filing applications with the USPTO - should access the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) at tess2.uspto.gov and search U.S. application and registration data using the available assisted search forms and other search tools available on the USPTO website.
77199484 - CODY RHODES
Status: Live/Registered, A Sections 8 and 15 combined declaration has been accepted and acknowledged.
(111)
Registration Number
3696328
(151)
Date of the registration
13.10.2009
(210)
Serial number of the application
77199484
(220)
Date of filing of the application
06.06.2007
(270)
Language(s) of the application
English
(540)
Mark
CODY RHODES
(529)
Indications regarding use limitations
(Name Portrait Consent) The name "CODY RHODES" does not identify a living individual.
(550)
Indication relating to the nature or kind of mark
Service Mark
(750)
Address for correspondence
WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC. , 1241 EAST MAIN STREET , STAMFORD, CT 06902
(731)
Name and address of the applicant
(Applicant) World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Corporation DELAWARE, 1241 East Main Street, Stamford CT 06902
(732)
Name and address of the holder of the registration
(Owner) World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Corporation DELAWARE, 1241 East Main Street, Stamford CT 06902
(Registrant) World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Corporation DELAWARE, 1241 East Main Street, Stamford CT 06902
(511)
The International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) and the list of goods and services classified according thereto
41Entertainment services, namely, performing in wrestling exhibitions and live performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network
(512)
National classification and/or list of goods and/or services classified according thereto
100, 101, 107
Cody might have meant he could fight it and win and is choosing not to, but he's definitely currently unable to use it.
 

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Interesting...my question is, can you trademark someone’s legal name? Cause his legal name is Cody Runnels Rhodes and apparently it has been before he worked for the company.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t change anything but I do find that trademark interesting
 

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Interesting...my question is, can you trademark someone’s legal name? Cause his legal name is Cody Runnels Rhodes and apparently it has been before he worked for the company.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t change anything but I do find that trademark interesting
Is it? Cause I've often thought that could be a loophole. He probably could beat it and is choosing not.
 

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Yeah i don't think you can legally hinder somebody's ability to make money because it's his legal name. He probably uses Cody to separate it from his wwe character

Pretty sure he's said on Twitter before that he could use Cody Rhodes if he wanted to and WWE has never told him not to use it


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