WWE BUSINESS: WWE acquires the rights and trademarks for WarGames concept from MLW

Posted on 2/16/119 by Colin Vassallo

PWInsider.com is reporting that WWE has come to terms with
Major League Wrestling (MLW) to acquire all the rights and
trademarks associated with the WarGames match.

WWE never renewed the trademark from the WCW days so the
name was eventually made available for anyone to trademark.
MLW did that after they used the concept for the match in
one of their shows in 2003. A few years later, MLW applied
for the WarGames trademark with the United States Patent and
Trademark Office and since 2007, the company has owned the

The WarGames concept never saw the light of day in WWE until
November 2017, when WWE reintroduced the match for its
November NXT show titled NXT Takeover: WarGames. Another
WarGames event was held last year also in November during
the Survivor Series weekend and now it looks like it will be
a yearly tradition for NXT.

PWInsider.com adds that as part of the agreement, MLW will
not be using the match or the name on their shows anymore.

The late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes was the brains
behind the WarGames concept which included two rings and a
giant steel cage covering the rings. It was part of the Fall
Brawl pay-per-views in WCW. WWEs revival of the concept
still includes two rings and a steel cage but theres no
roof for the cage, allowing NXT stars to perform high-flying
moves from the top of the cage.

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