WWE filed for the trademark rights to the term “AWA.”
The company did so on August 23rd with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It’s listed for toys. Here is the description:
“G & S: Toys, namely, action figures, accessories therefor; dolls; cases for action figures; toy wrestling rings; playsets for use with action figures; toy vehicles; board games; hand-held units for playing electronic game other than those adopted for use with an electronic display screen or monitor; tabletop action skill games; construction toys; playing cards; puzzles; stuffed toys; plush toys; toy belts; knee and elbow pads for athletic use; toy foam hands; costume masks; novelty face masks; Christmas tree decorations; toy spinning tops; arcade games; kites; bobble-head dolls; puppets; card games; toy guitars; toy water guns; vinyl products for playing in a pool; doll furniture; party favors in the nature of crackers and noisemakers; skateboards; toy scooters; paper party favors; collectible championship belts; toy face masks.”
The AWA, American Wrestling Association, ran from 1960 to 1991 and was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded by Verne Gagne and Wally Karbo.
The promotion had several big names working for them before they went to the WWE. Just some of the stars include Hulk Hogan, Gene Okerlund, Adrian Adonis, Ken Patera, Jim Brunzell, David Schultz, Wendi Richter, Jesse Ventura, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, and more.
Other wrestlers who worked for the promotion were the likes of Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens, The Crusher, Dick the Bruiser, Baron von Raschke, Mad Dog Vachon, and Larry Hennig.