Wrestling name change question

With the Simon Gotch /Simon Grimm development.
How much does a wrestler have to change the actual name not to get into any legal trouble?

Would names like Chris Masterpiece, Ben Kennedy, Damien Sandowsky fly?

​The name is less important a factor than the gimmick itself. Since Chris Masters was "The Masterpiece", that’d be treading on some shaky legal ground. But he could be "Chris Marsters" or something vaguely like the gimmick without actually being the gimmick. Basically you can’t use trickery to make fans think that you’re still portraying a gimmick that is WWE intellectual property. That being said, they frequently don’t care if guys do small indy shows, it’s more if someone is taking the gimmick to a TV competitor and acting in opposition to WWE. It doesn’t really matter if Simon Gotch is now Simon Grimm, but he can’t be playing a turn of the century strong man in TNA or he’s getting sued. ​

Collapsing Rings


How exactly do they do the collapsing ring spot? Is it radio/remote controlled? Is it something to do with the corner that the impact move seems to always come from? I’m just thinking of Big Show with Brock/Henry/Braun and how the final spot has been from the corner.

​I’m assuming some sort of combo of wizards and a hydraulic setup underneath the ring, but I’m honestly not sure. ​

Fake Diesel And Fake Razor Ramon In 1996

When the WWF/E brought in Glenn Jacobs and Rick Bogner to play "Diesel" and "Razor Ramon" in 1996 did Vince really think it would get over, or was it just a big "Fuck You" to WCW and Hall and Nash?

​Neither, really. It was more of a legal positioning move, because they were in the process of suing WCW over violation of the Diesel and Razor trademarks and in order to prove damages you have to be actively profiting from those characters at the time you’re suing. I’m not the legal talking guy around these parts, but that’s the very simple version as I understand it. And indeed WCW lost that case and one of the terms of their settlement was that Vince McMahon had the right to purchase WCW first if Turner ever sold it. So there ya go.​

Repost: The SmarK Rant for the Monday Night Wars (12.30.96)

(Sorry, it occurred to me that I did RAW for 12/30/96 this week and then totally forgot to do Nitro, but my schedule is full this weekend so here’s the original version from 2006 when I was doing the WWE 24/7 shows.)

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night Wars – December 30 1996 Edition


– So it’s the day after Starrcade 96, as Roddy Piper beats Hulk Hogan in a match that wasn’t announced as non-title until AFTER the match, and the Giant blows it against Lex Luger.  Also, Eddie Guerrero defeats DDP with the help of the nWo and wins the US title.

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How to get a push in the WWE – Exh. 1

Two xenophobic gimmicks on Smackdown at the same time? Is it 1987? I mean, put the bad wrestling to the side, if they wanted to push Jinder, that’s fine. Just come up with something original. And we’re really supposed to hate the Canadian guy because he speaks French?

I think Vince has been hanging out with the President too much lately.

​Well, to be fair, most people in Canada aren’t particularly fond of French speaking Canadians, either. ​

Thursday Night Thread

It’s Thursday!  The playoffs continue in both the NBA and NHL, with the Flames being the lucky first team bounced.  The Jays continued to suck this afternoon, blowing another one in the late innings to the Red Sox.  Jinder Mahal’s inexplicable push continues to be even hotter in the inbox than Roman Reigns these days, but unlike Roman, he’s not drawing the pageviews to match.  Maybe if his thighs were meatier.


Mahal and the India Market

Hey Scott,

So I was as baffled as anyone about this Jinder Mahal push (and I’m pretty sure he’s the second coming of JBL) so I started googling around and there are a bunch of articles about his push being a product of the WWE’s market expansion in India. Considering so much of what the IWC talks about revolves around "making money," can you really blame the WWE for doing this?


Does Mahal have any chance?

Is there any chance in hell that Mahal wins the WWE Title, or do you think this is strictly a "flavor of the month" type deal to fill out a brand PPV?

​Given the ratings disaster that was Smackdown on Tuesday, I’d say no, but it’s not like Vince hasn’t trolled us harder before. ​

Game Change Game

Hi Scott,

Just wondering: If all you need to keep your gimmick is to change your name, why doesn’t every wrestler just change his name? I mean, if I’m Peter Gruner and I REALLY want to keep Billy Kidman, why don’t I just change my name. I mean, I can still GO by Peter (It’s not like police are gonna pick me up for answering to Peter or something) it’s just that officially I’m Billy Kidman.

Am I missing something?


​The impression I’ve been given is that it’s expensive to do, and a lot of times you need to find the right judge in order to get it approved. It’s not just a matter of paying $10 and suddenly you’re Billy Kidman, you have to show sufficient cause as to why your name needs to change. It was apparently very surprising that Warrior, for example, was able to find someone sympathetic enough to his plight to allow it.​

The Machine called Cage

With Jinder and his muscle veins getting a title shot, how has Vince never signed Cage from Lucha Underground. The guy is 6’2 and looks like he’s chiseled from rock. Plus he’s insanely good in the ring. It’s actually shocking Vince hasn’t signed him to tag with Jinder to squash fatties like Joe and KO

​Good question, because it’s not like Cage wasn’t available until recently, either. Maybe he was just happier doing indies, I dunno. ​

Jinder Mahal Hate

Everyone is so upset over Jinder being named the number one contender. It’s April, who cares? WWE has to have an event every 14 days and somebody has to fight for the strap. Why not let be Jinder right now and save the people you actually want to see for later?

​I mean, I don’t personally hate Jinder, but it sends the message to all the other guys that if you look like the lovechild of 1988 Hercules Hernandez and Tiger Jeet Singh, then you’ll get a push regardless of your other talents. Like, as one example, they JUST sent Miz to RAW to continue his feud with Dean Ambrose that we’ve already seen played out over and over. Miz would be just as good a guy in that role and can eat an RKO just as well as Jinder. Or there’s Sami Zayn. Or Luke Harper. Or any of the other guys they sent over.​