This past September 27th, WWE Hall of Famer and AEW Star “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson filed to trademark “The Four Horsemen” name. It was noted on Arn’s filed application that the “The Four Horsemen” name was first used on November 1985, which was when the first inception of The Four Horsemen was formed in the NWA. The group consisted of Arn Anderson, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard, with JJ Dillon as their manager.
Attorney Michael Dockins, the legal person who has helped a number of non-WWE talents with their trademark filings in the past and as of late, was also the same person who took care of this filing for Arn.
As of this writing, no other trademarks exist or has been filed for The Four Horsemen, but it will be interesting to see if the WWE challenges Arn’s filing as they inducted The Four Horsemen, which comprised of Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillon and Barry Windham into the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame Class. They even have rights to most of the Four Horsemen footage from over the years.
Below was the use description Arn submitted to the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) for “The Four Horsemen” name:
“IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personalities; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personalities; Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing online interviews featuring professional wrestlers and sports entertainers in the field of professional wrestling and sports entertainment personalities for entertainment purposes. FIRST USE: 19851100. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19851100”