WWE Trademarking Wrestlers Move Names?

                        Has the WWE ever tried to trademark wrestlers move names?  For example, I've heard announcers from other wrestling companies refer to a "Tombstone- Piledriver" or a "Pedigree"  Kind of weird that they haven't seeing as they do with names and characters.  Any idea? 

They absolutely trademark the shit out of move names.  And if they catch other companies doing that, you can bet they'll get a letter about it.  

Bobby Heenan


Just a brief look at some Heenan moments that never fail to bring a smile to my face

​Yeah, my original plan had been to do a column tomorrow for Sporting News dedicated to my favorite Heenan moments, but I had some stuff come up tonight so we'll see if I can pump it out later in the week now.  ​

Big John Studd in 89

So BJS wins the rumble in 89 but then doesn't even have his own match at WM5- What gives? And he was gone by June of that year…

Do you think at the time Vince wishes he had someone else win that Rumble? Seems like a wasted opportunity to push someone to the main event?

​Yeah, Studd was not particularly happy with how that went down, either.  It was a big reason why he left.  Definitely in retrospect having him win the Rumble was a huge waste.  Probably should have been Randy Savage winning it and he could have "accidentally" eliminated Hogan at the end.​

Bound For Glory in Ottawa

In a five-week span, Ottawa will get an Impact PPV and five straight nights of TV tapings, followed by the Grey Cup, and then topped off with the Canadian Olympic Curling trials.

My question is: Should ESPN Ocho just move their studios here?

​Hey, Amazon is also looking for a second HQ.  They could go for the clean sweep.
Not surprising, I guess, that Anthem would move tapings north of the border.  Certainly easier to maintain things that way, plus I think there's probably tax breaks they can take advantage of.  ​

No Mercy and the Network

A few months ago, the IWC was all ablaze over the churn rate on the WWE Network. WWE then ran a special 3 month free trial membership of the network for August-october, which bridges the corporate quarter. For September, they've delivered the Mae Young Classic and now a No Mercy ppv with wrestlemania caliber matches. Plus Hell in a Cell has another Wrestlemania caliber match. It seems obvious that WWE has made a concerted effort to deliver better content on the corporate timeline rather than the old big 4 ppv schedule. Why are fans complaining?

​I dunno, I wasn't even aware that I was supposed to be complaining about this stuff.  But I guess I'm part of the "IWC" and we apparently all think with one hive mind. ​

Wrestling Companies Holding Grudges

 Do you happen to know if there has ever been cases of TNA/GFW, ROH, New Japan, etc. holding a grudge against a departing wrestler that was WWE bound?  I.E.-"If you end up failing there, don't look to come back here when it's over."  I know in the past Vince has done this when talent left the WWE for another wrestling company, but has the reverse ever happened?  Thanks again. 

WCW used to get pretty cranky about it, but then they'd just change booker and forget about it again.  

Is No Mercy really a B PPV?

I was reading through your old rants and realized every No Mercy, except for a couple in the early 2000’s was a big thumbs up from you with one or two 4 snowflake plus matches on each card.  People are talking about throwing away Cena
Reigns and Strowman Lesnar on a B show this year.  If No Mercy  is a B show, is it the king of them?


I think that would be Money in the Bank or Hell in a Cell, since people actually remembered those shows most years.  

Meltzer the Hypocrite

Hi Scott,

Isn't it just a slight bit hypocritical for Meltzer to complain about dangerous pro wrestling matches while praising strong-style japanese style wrestling?

He'll nitpick a WWE match to death, then give 25 5* matches to Misawa who was so utter destroyed by these matches, he died from them.

I'm actually kind of annoyed by this, since he obviously knows the style he's promoting isn't sustainable while demeaning a working style that will A) lead to wrestler having safer careers and B) might actually lead to them getting jobs in WWF.

​Dude, you're kind of all over the place with this one.  Short answer to what I think you're getting at:  Meltzer was constantly, constantly calling out guys like Shibata for being too dangerous, and has said many times that it was a miracle Kobashi and Misawa made it as long as they did. However, Dave and everyone else is also allowed to think it's a great match while disapproving of the methods of having the match.  I love me some veal cutlets but I don't especially like to think about where they come from. There's a name for people who don't eat meat on moral principles, and it's called "Crazy person".

Going out on your back

Hey Scott,



I’ve heard that when wrestlers retire (or leave a territory in the old
days) they would always job for their last match.


Any instances that this didn’t happen?


​Off the top of my head, Trish Stratus not only didn't lose in her retirement match against Lita in 2006, she won the Women's title!  I'm sure there's many others as well.​