WWE champion Kofi Kingston has confirmed a four-day visit to his home country Ghana.
The first African-born WWE Champion will be in the country from May 30 – June 2. The following press release was issued.
KOFI KINGSTON’S HISTORIC VISIT TO GHANA
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Champion, Kofi “Kingston” Sarkodie-Mensah, is visiting his homeland.
The World Champion considers this “Year of Return” as a unique opportunity for him to make a historic visit to Ghana at the height of his wrestling career.
The four-day visit which starts from Thursday, 30th May, 2019 to Sunday, 2nd June, 2019, includes a courtesy call on the President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Presidency. He will then be at the Manhyia Palace to pay homage to the Asante Monarch, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
Other activities include a Children’s Rally, visits to Tourist Sites and places like the Lake Bosomtwe, the Christianborg (Osu) Castle, Bonwire and Ntonso, a visit to the Mother and Baby Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, and visits to Ejisu and Atwima Techiman which are his paternal and maternal hometowns respectively. There will also be Media Engagements and In-Studio Interviews.
Accompanying Kofi are the WWE crew who are currently shooting a documentary on the World Champion.
They look forward to a warm reception, as well as the experience of the proverbial Ghanaian hospitality.
Media houses and other organisations can get in touch for further and more specific details.
Cody Rhodes ‘Bash At The Beach’ Trademark In Limbo Due To WWE Trademark, Cody’s Legal Team Responds
10:30 PM ET – UPDATE: Cody Rhodes has filed a response through his legal counsel indicating why he should be able to own the “Bash At The Beach” trademark.
The United States Trademark office refused the initial trademark due to the similarities with WWE’s “The Bash” trademark.
Cody’s legal team provided several other trademarks using the words “BASH” indicating it won’t cause confusion.
The intiial refusal was based on the fact that both words used “BASH” and are wrestling services.
Read the full response below.
Bash At The Beach Trademark In Limbo
Cody Rhodes trademark for “Bash At The Beach” has been initially refused by the United States Trademark Office.
HeelByNature.com has obtained trademark filings which outline the refusal and next steps needed for Cody to be approved of the trademark.
The USPTO issued refusal order to Cody’s legal representative Michael Dockens of Shumaker Loop & Kendrickon 5/20/19.
The reasoning behind the refusal was “likelihood of confusion” with WWE’s trademark “The Bash”.
United States Trademark Filings indicate the following:
Here, the dominant portion of the registrant’s mark, “BASH” is the first and dominant term of the applied-for mark BASH AT THE BEACH. The marks sound similar and have a similar meaning when viewed in the context of the wrestling services to which they relate.
Although applicant’s mark has been refused registration, applicant may respond to the refusal(s) by submitting evidence and arguments in support of registration.
Cody’s legal team had 6 months from the refusal order to submit proper evidence to support the registration of the trademark. The cutoff date for them to send in proper documentation was 11/20/19. It’s not known if Cody’s legal team has submitted those documents.
WWE initially registered the trademark for “The Bash” in 2009. The application was renewed in 2011 The filing was renewed in 2018 for an additional 10 years.
Yesterday, Cody made post indicating he may be heading to court. “Sounds like I’ll be going to court soon, time to go suit shopping”
Below are the documents obtained by HeelByNature.com that outlines the refusal order issued by the United States Trademark Office.
Follow up, Cody’s application for “Bash at The Beach” was refused in due to confusion with “The Bash”. His deadline for appropriate documents ended yesterday. Not sure if he filed them. https://t.co/4VhPvY13cm pic.twitter.com/EjClyJFH5V
— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) November 21, 2019
All Elite Wrestling plans to use the “Bash At The Beach” name for two Dynamite events on 1/15/20 and 1/22/20.
NXT Beats AEW In Viewership For The First Time In The Wednesday Night Wars
NXT Viewership Rises In Wednesday Night Wars
NXT on USA has defeated AEW Dynamite for the first time in the Wednesday Night Wars.
Last night’s episode of NXT drew an average of 916,000 viewers, while AEW Dynamite drew 893,000 viewers.
AEW ended up ranking higher than NXT in demographic ratings. In the 18-49 demographic AEW led 0.39 to 0.30. The lead was much larger in the 18-49 male demo with AEW drawing a 0.52 to 0.39.
NXT featured several top stars from RAW and SmackDown, and was the go-home show for NXT Takeover and Survivor Series.
ACH fka Jordan Myles Released From WWE
ACH has been granted his release from WWE.
The former Jordan Myles posted a photo on Twitter showing him sign forms on WWE letterhead.
— Super A.C.H (@ACHisSuper) November 21, 2019
— HeavyMetalWrestling (@HeavyMetalPro) November 21, 2019
ACH has already begun taking independent bookings, and will perform on 11/22 for Heavy Metal Wrestling against Chandler Hopkins.
Judging by how soon he is working, WWE did not impose a no-compete clause.
Can’t hold me down no more.
This is FOR THE WRESTLING CULTURE. pic.twitter.com/wA2UbBFiZP
— Super A.C.H (@ACHisSuper) November 21, 2019
Last week ACH hosted a Q&A session on Twitter where he addressed a number of topics, including his status with WWE and dealing with mental health issues.
ACH has been very vocal about his negative feelings towards WWE following a controversial t-shirt design.
WWE has yet to publicly acknowledge his release.