After a cease-and-desist from a North Carolina based tag team, Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, through their attorney, have cleared up any uncertainties regarding what their name will be going forward.
According to a report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, former WWE duo The Revival received a 10-page cease-and-desist order dated May 10 concerning their trademark of “Fear The Revolt”
As it was reported previously, Caleb Konley and Zane Riley have been using the team name "The Revolt" for the last five years on the independent scene. The duo clearly voiced their displeasure on social media when news of the “Fear The Revolt” trademark surfaced.
“The Revolt are well-known in the independent professional wrestling circuit and are the current PWX World Tag Team Champions. Mr. Burnett and Mr. Riley sell a range of Revolt-branded merchandise including t-shirts, hats, and DVDs, as shown in Exhibit B. The Revolt has been their passion for years and they have literally put their blood and sweat into building The Revolt brand and connecting with their fans,” states the cease-and-desist according to Johnson.
Furthermore, the cease-and-desist order notes that the duo tried to reach out to the former WWE tag team to no avail.
“[The Revolt] tried to reach out as friends but were rebuffed. Dax and Cash may enjoy playing heels, but this is not the ring. They cannot steal their former friends’ intellectual property without consequence. Their conduct is not only unlawful, it is truly shameless that they would willfully steal a name from those that worked so hard to build it up.”
Fightful Select had confirmed in April that the actual team name would be "FTR."
After reaching out to the attorney for FTR, Michael Dockins, Johnson received this response clearly noting that the duo will be known as FTR moving forward with the letters standing for different acronyms depending upon different scenarios.
“Our clients do not intend and have never intended to call themselves FEAR THE REVOLT. They have at all times and in every way made it clear that their tag team name would be FTR, and that FTR can and would mean different things depending on their storyline and creative. They are not responsible for and cannot be held responsible for dirt sheets and others incorrectly attributing to them a name other than the name they have chosen, FTR. In fact, when your client reached out to my clients “as friends” to resolve this matter they were informed that the tag team name is, was, and will be FTR and not REVOLT or THE REVOLT or FEAR THE REVOLT.”
Fightful will update this story as new information becomes available.