has come to terms to acquire💰 the rights and trademarks for the Wargames match from Major League Wrestling,.
💥 concept, featuring two rings and a double steel cage encased in a roof with staggered entrances leading into "The Match Beyond" that could only end in submission was originally created by #DustyRhodes
in 1987, debuting in July of that year for Jim Crockett Promotions. •
While WWE eventually released a "Best of War Games" DVD set, they did not keep the Wargames match concept active. That left the Wargames sitting, unofficially, in the public domain, as WWE never actually claimed its rights. •
Enter Major League Wrestling. During the promotion's initial run, MLW used the Wargames name and concept in 2003 featuring Terry Funk leading a team against Steve Corino's team in Fort Lauderdale. When MLW relaunched in 2007, they filed a trademark for War Games name, as they could lay claim to using it back in 2003 and there was no active trademark for it. The plan was to use the match once a year as a major gimmick event, as they did in September 2018, back in Fort Lauderdale
When WWE opted to revive the old concept for the #NXT
brand in November 2017, they learned they could not actually trademark the name, as #MLW
had already done so. •
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