Going from one wrestling company to another can be tricky. With so much of wrestling being involved with stage names and nicknames and other creative bits, it can be easy to get stuck in a legal battle if you leave a company. Just ask Matt Hardy who had to fight Impact over the rights to his “Broken” universe. Now, Chris Jericho and WWE have come to an agreement on certain trademarks.
Dave Meltzer is reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Jericho will allow WWE to use ideas he created such as Money in the Bank and the Y2J name while WWE will allow Jericho to use his name. The report does state that he would have been able to use his name anyway due to prior use, but this is WWE not being difficult about it.
For those who may be unaware, Jericho has used his ring name for his entire career. Aside from ventures to Mexico and Japan where he was known as Lionheart/Corazon de Leon and Leon D’Oro, Jericho has used his name since his first match. Although in that first match it was misspelled as Jerico, there’s a bit of trivia for you.
This deal likely means you won’t see Jericho refer to himself as his other nicknames from WWE as well. He had a lot of them as he would call himself “King of the World”, “Ayotolla of Rock ‘n’ Rolla”, “Highlight of the Night”, and “The Living Legend” among others throughout his WWE tenure.
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