On August 8, Chelsea Green tweeted, "I never thought I’d be in a legal battle for my BIRTH GIVEN name," alerting fans that WWE was trying to trademark "Chelsea Green," which is her birth name.
WWE often trademarks talent names for licensing purposes and is able to trademark real names as long as the talent signs off on it.
Green did sign off on things when she was under contract to the company, but she was released in April. Shortly after she sent the tweet, Fightful Select reported that WWE would be dropping the trademark battle.
Speaking on her Green With Envy podcast, Green discussed learning of WWE trying to trademark her name and how things were settled.
"Thank God for Twitter because Twitter was the one that clued me into WWE attempting to trademark my name," she said. "When I worked for WWE and was about to re-sign a deal with them, I signed my name off to them for that period of time. That's a very normal thing to do in wrestling, nothing out of the ordinary, of course they're going to want my name for licensing purposes. It's not just on TV, it's on cards, video games, toys, merch. What was weird was the fact that, fast forward to over six months later. A reminder, I signed my deal in November 2020, fast forward to August 2021, and all of a sudden, this piece of paper I signed was being handed in as evidence for them to trademark 'Chelsea Green.' I obviously freaked out right away because if you take away the right for me to use my real name in the entertainment industry, I'm fucking screwed. It's my fucking name. I have no idea how much this trademark would have affected that, but I imagine it was not going to be good for me. I felt stuck, sad, and confused. I couldn't figure out why they wanted to take away my ability to make a livelihood. I was sad and I honestly, for a second, debated texting my old boss and asking what was going on. Instead of maybe doing the more grown-up thing, I decided to tweet. I don't usually send out hasty tweets, but I was extra emotional and we all make mistakes, so, I sent out a tweet."
I never thought I’d be in a legal battle for my BIRTH GIVEN name… --— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) August 8, 2021
Going to discuss it on tomorrow’s episode of @GreenWEnvyPod
Green continued by saying, "I guess that tweet did the trick because I ended up getting a call around 8 or 9 that night from WWE saying they were dropping the trademark request and that my name is all mine. It was a quick conversation, very civil, I obviously really appreciate that. I assume the tweet is what did the trick. I don't know."
Green is currently working for ROH and IMPACT Wrestling.
She made her in-ring debut for ROH at Glory by Honor night two. You can find full results from ROH Glory by Honor night two by clicking here.
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