WWE, being fuckheads, ban the Dudley Boys, Spike Dudley, & Billy Kidman from using their names..

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thru the email grapevine:

...In what first appeared to be a reasonable effort to protect its trademarks, reports in August revealed that WWE was banning The Dudley Boyz from using their names and gimmicks outside of the company. When the scope of the ban grew to include Spike Dudley, Internet fans went into a frenzy discussing WWE's "flexing of its corporate muscles." Fans questioned what WWE had to lose by letting wrestlers continue to perform under the names and gimmicks they made famous.

However, WWE's attempt to control former wrestlers does not appear to be over. The company recently informed both Justin Credible (Peter Polaco) and Billy Kidman (Pete Gruner) that they can no longer use their popular wrestling names on the independent circuit. WWE has also asked the webmaster of Spike Dudley's website to remove photos from his tenure with the company.

And, it doesn't stop with wrestlers. WWE's legal department has turned its attention to Hardcore Homecoming, citing infringement of trademarks and intellectual property. WWE has asked the venues hosting the events for background information on the shows; the company also contacted the distributor of the first Hardcore Homecoming DVD under the similar notion of a breach.

kingfish superman ice cream (kingfish 2.0), Friday, 9 September 2005 05:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Budley Doyz
Dike Spudley

problem solved.

ken c (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2005 08:53 (thirteen years ago) link

the Putney Boyz

ken c (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2005 08:53 (thirteen years ago) link

the BD
Budley Death-drop

ken c (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2005 08:58 (thirteen years ago) link

China

ken c (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2005 08:59 (thirteen years ago) link

"China Doll" ain't as memorable, tho

kingfish superman ice cream (kingfish 2.0), Friday, 9 September 2005 14:50 (thirteen years ago) link

They're going to use the name "Team 3D" apparently. Which is shite.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Friday, 9 September 2005 15:25 (thirteen years ago) link

They need to come up with a winning name. Like "The Outlaw".

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Friday, 9 September 2005 15:26 (thirteen years ago) link

vince in being tight fisted unsympathetic fuckhole non-shocker

Stuh-du-du-du-du-du-du-denka (jingleberries), Friday, 9 September 2005 19:08 (thirteen years ago) link

the rock and rings

ken c (ken c), Friday, 9 September 2005 20:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Come on, didn't anyone else read Eric Szulczewski columns on this subject?

Heyman fucked up by forgetting to transfer ownership of the name to the Dudleys, and Vince is merely protecting what he rightfully owns.

I really can't blame Vince for this one, particularly due to the money he's going to make through the various DVD and WWE 24/7 projects (i.e. he doesn't want to worry about liscensing the rights to use wrestler names every time he wants to put out a DVD).

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 10 September 2005 00:40 (thirteen years ago) link

The Dudleys could probably be successfuly in arguing for their right to use the name in live events. What Vince actually owns is the video footage of the performances. The extemporaneous nature of wrestling means that to a large extent, the wrestlers create the characters they portray. It's just all kinds of evil to prevent the workers from using the likeness that they created on the indie circuit when A. Vince will still make money from owning footage of them and B. is not interested in using them at the moment. This is just another example of a corporation routinely abusing copyright ownership, it should not be considered analygous to being the author of a text.

theodore (herbert hebert), Saturday, 10 September 2005 23:19 (thirteen years ago) link

This "Vince protects his property" thing gets the thumbs up from me, because apparently it's really pissing off Shane Douglas's attempts to wring the last few pennies from the legacy of ECW.

Good.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 11 September 2005 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

TEAM 4-C the tna boys
spike- danger boy
d-von - pulpitit boy
bubba-ray - raymond days

bb balls, Monday, 19 September 2005 17:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Come on, didn't anyone else read Eric Szulczewski columns on this subject?

Completely off-topic, but this Eric dude's existance on planet earth is an enigma to me. I like his columns, even tho 1/10th of it is actual content.

Stuh-du-du-du-du-du-du-denka (jingleberries), Monday, 19 September 2005 19:24 (thirteen years ago) link

I used to hate his columns back on Rantsylvania, but I've come to realize that he's just a very unhappy man.

alex in montreal (alex in montreal), Tuesday, 20 September 2005 12:13 (thirteen years ago) link

lol at Vince McMahon using the term "homecoming" a lot on RAW.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 20 September 2005 12:20 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
How can Vince own the "Dudley Boyz, Spike Dudley, Rhyno, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg" Names? They are the wrestlers characters and in that, it is like saying he pwns the wrestlers. It is ridiculous. At least they still have the name of 3D (Dudley Death Drop) In their Tag-Team name and also the finisher.

Faintest Fusion, Tuesday, 25 April 2006 03:44 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

When The Dudleys went from ECW to WWE, Paul Heyman never went all 'legal' on Vince when he used the Dudley name. Vince doesn’t have to hand over the legal rights to all these wrestlers, but what does he have to lose by letting them use the name they made famous. I think Spike, D-Von and Bubba should legally chance there names and sue Vince for complete legal rights to their names. If the Ultimate Warrior could do it so can The Dudleys, and with using the UW's case as a president they can win a lawsuit against the WWE.

Allan Tucker, Monday, 7 January 2008 04:13 (eleven years ago) link

Both Steve Austin and Chyna legally changed their names recently, too.

marmotwolof, Monday, 7 January 2008 04:53 (eleven years ago) link

i have no to very little memory of ever starting this thread. Shit, this was 2.5 years ago?!

kingfish, Friday, 18 January 2008 07:23 (eleven years ago) link

ILWWE was thriving back then

ken c, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 23:13 (eleven years ago) link

We didn't have Chris Benoit RIP to post on yet

marmotwolof, Thursday, 24 January 2008 17:55 (eleven years ago) link


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