Cody Rhodes, real name Cody Runnels, is looking to gain the trademark rights to his ring name as he filed to trademark it on Monday, April 13, 2020. The filing was for merchandise and general pro wrestling use.
He has been going by the name “Cody” since he left WWE as the company owned the rights to the “Rhodes” name. Thus, he couldn’t use it.
Previously, WWE owned the trademark, but it ran out in October 2019. WWE had a six-month window to re-file their copyright, but let it expire. Now, the AEW Executive Vice President could be looking to use the name.
Here are the descriptions that were filed with the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office):
“G & S: Bandanas; Hats; Hooded sweatshirts; Jackets and socks; Pants; Shirts; Sweatshirts”
“G & S: Entertainment in the nature of wrestling contests; Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a professional wrestler and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing online interviews featuring a professional wrestler and sports entertainer in the field of professional wrestling and sports entertainment for entertainment purposes”
Cody is slated to take on Darby Allin in the semi-finals of the AEW TNT Title Tournament on next week’s episode of AEW Dynamite.
Should he win the match then he will face the winner of Lance Archer vs. Dustin Rhodes in the finals of the tournament at the Double or Nothing pay-per-view event next month.