Tommaso Ciampa Injury Update
The impending feud between former DIY partners Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano has the potential to be absolutely fantastic. However, it appears as if we will have to wait a bit for it to actually get going.
As we reported last week, Ciampa suffered an ankle injury last week at the Highland Heights live event. It’s now being reported that the injury is worse than originally feared. And, to make matters worse, Ciampa suffered another injury during Saturday’s ladder match at TakeOver Chicago against The Authors of Pain. WWE sources have him heading to Birmingham, Alabama for further diagnosis. That can’t be good as Birmingham is the home of famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
At tonight’s NXT tapings, Ciampa came out on crutches and cut a promo that acknowledged the injury. The storyline explanation for him turning on Gargano will be that he (Ciampa) “knew” Gargano would replace him because of the injury.
“Broken Matt” Trademark Refused
Matt Hardy’s ongoing legal battle with Impact Wrestling hit a speedbump today when his trademark application was given an initial refusal by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The registration application was denied because it “identifies only the name of a particular character/personal name” and doesn’t function in a way to “identify and distinguish applicant’s services from those of others and to indicate the source of applicant’s services.”
In layman’s terms, that means Hardy filed the trademark without naming any services (such as DVD sales, merchandise, and the like) that would be associated with it. Conversely, Impact Wrestling and Anthem filed a trademark request for “Broken Matt” on April 28th that is for “DVDs featuring wrestling performances, interviews with wrestlers, backstage happenings and behind-the-scenes information; wristbands; commemorative photographs; posters; trading cards; clothing, namely, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, visors and arm sleeves; entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler; entertainment services, namely, ongoing wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and recorded for the purpose of distribution through broadcast media; and toy action figures and accessories therefor.”
Hardy has 6 months to respond to the refusal and resubmit the application before it is considered abandoned.
Asuka Added To WWE Japan Tour
Asuka has officially been added to the WWE’s upcoming tour of Japan, which obviously makes a lot of sense. On both nights, she will be teaming with Bayley and Sasha Banks against Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Emma. Mickie James was initially booked in Asuka’s spot. The rest of the card has remained unchanged from what we first reported.