WWE is always on a quest to lock down as much intellectual property that they can, and that led to another batch of trademark filings. It turns out that WWE also locked down the name of someone who hasn’t been around for a very long time.

It was previously reported that Matt Cardona tried to get the Zack Ryder name, but he failed. That didn’t stop WWE from re-upping on their trademark. The Broski’s former WWE name was a part of this recent list of trademark filings, but he wasn’t alone.

Recent filings indicate that WWE also filed trademarks for Ezekiel Jackson, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre. Interestingly enough, Jackson hasn’t wrestled a match since 2015.

We’ll have to see what happens with these trademarks in the months and years to come. WWE obviously wants to keep Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre’s names around, because they are still competing on television, but filing trademarks for Ezekiel Jackson and Zack Ryder might have different reasons behind it.


Copyrighting a name doesn’t mean that fans will see someone return to television. There are many reasons to lock down a name, but WWE obviously wanted to make sure that they kept ownership of those monikers.

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Felix Upton

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