Make sure you leave it there. This year has seen a lot of changes to the WWE roster, with several names taking their leave from the company. Some of these have been a bit more surprising than others, but what matters is that the wrestlers are no longer part of the WWE. That means a few changes for everyone involved, including something that might impact them later.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, released WWE talents will not be allowed to sign autographs under their WWE names following the end of their ninety day no compete clauses. The wrestlers would have to sign either their real name or another ring name that they come up with later. There is no word on what sort of penalty they could face should they be caught.
Signed items can be rather cool. Check out some WWE instances:
Opinion: This is something that makes sense in the legal department but not so much in the “….really?” department. I understand that the wrestlers’ names are WWE’s intellectual property, but it is a bit much to accept the idea that WWE is going to be hurt in any significant way because a kid’s action figure is signed “Ruby Riott” instead of “Heidi Lovelace”. If nothing else, it doesn’t seem like something that would be the easiest to enforce, but WWE has been a bit extreme before.
What do you think of WWE’s stance? Can they enforce it? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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