Jim Cornette has filed to trademark is own name.
The description for the filing reads:
"G & S: Entertainment services, namely, providing professional wrestling and sports exhibitions, shows, and performances by a professional manager, promoter, wrestler, and entertainer rendered live and through all forms of broadcast media, including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online services; Providing wrestling and sporting news, entertainment, and information via a global computer network; Providing a website in the fields of wrestling and sports news, entertainment, and information; Providing fan club and fan club services, namely organizing and staging entertainment events and providing information for fan club members; Providing online newsletters, journals, blogs, and podcasts in the fields of wrestling and sports news, entertainment, and information. FIRST USE: 19780101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19780101"
The filing comes while Cornette is involved in a lawsuit with G-Raver over a t-shirt depicting Cornette's likeness being stabbed with the text "Fuck Jim Cornette." G-Raver's attorney Max Petrunya filed a motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit filed by Cornette. The motion to dismiss was denied. The following statements were given to WrestleZone’s Dominic DeAngelo:
Cornette Attorney Stephen P. New
“We are pleased with the Judge’s ruling. We look forward to our hearing on May 27th, provided it can go forward, and we look forward to litigating this case to the fullest.”
Raver Attorney Max Petrunya
“I’m not surprised by the decision by the Court. It doesn’t change any of the arguments about the shirt and it’s First Amendment protection. The Order simply stands for the proposition that discovery will need to be conducted for the Court to reach a decision. The Court even states in the document that it is not addressing the validity of the First Amendment defenses. Rather the Court states it is premature to invoke a dismissal at this time.”
DeAngelo reports the Court did grant Shopify, the e-commerce website in which The Indy Connection operates under, their motion to dismiss.
Fightful will continue to update fans on the procedures as they unfold.