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CODY REGAINS USE OF 'CODY RHODES'

By Mike Johnson on 2020-11-04 22:26:00

After AEW Dynamite went off the air tonight on TNT, AEW TNT Champion Cody Runnels announced to the live crowd in Jacksonville, Florida that "as of this morning", he once again had two names and whether Justin Roberts announced him as such or not, he could again use "Cody Rhodes."  Cody had not been able to use it since departing WWE despite his family using the surname dating back decades to his father, WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, since Runnels had not used the name prior to his time under a WWE contract.

Earlier today, our own Steven Fernandes reported that Cody expressly abandoned trademark applications he had filed for 'Slamboree' and 'The Match Beyond' with prejudice (meaning he could not return and attempt to claim them down the line)  and that WWE have accepted and dropped their opposition for each trademark.   Cody also abandoned trademark applications for Superbrawl, Bunkhouse Stampede, and Battlebowl on 10/30. Those were never opposed by WWE and had already passed the opposition phase. 

As I discussed earlier today in the Elite section, the same day, WWE abandoned their claim to the "Cody Rhodes" trademark, so it appears that Cody and WWE came to some sort of agreement that allowed each other access to the trademarks they wanted.

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