On Thursday, August 6th, 2020, AEW filed to trademark the Stadium Stampede Match name, which was the name used in the main event of AEW’s 2020 Double Or Nothing PPV Event, which took place this past May 23rd.
The Stadium Stampede Match saw AEW World Champion Kenny Omega, AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), Matt Hardy and “Hangman” Adam Page face The Inner Circle (“Le Champion” Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, Santana, and Ortiz). Omega, The Young Bucks, Matt Hardy, and “Hangman” Adam Page would come out of the match with a huge victory.
Unfortunately, AEW has been facing some issues with the USPTO (the United States Patent and Trademark Office) regarding its filing for the “Stadium Stampede” name. First issue is with the use of the word “Stadium” as according to Heel By Nature it must have a disclaimer indicating it is being used simply as just a descriptive wording.
AEW was given a suggestion that the new application should include the phrase, “No claim is made to the exclusive right to use “Stadium” apart from the mark as shown.”
The other issue is due to WWE having a trademark for the “Spring Stampede” name. It was filed back in January 2019, but it has yet to be approved.
This past December 3rd, AEW did the first step in trying to secure the rights to trademark the “Stadium Stampede” name by fulfilling the USPTO’s first request in submitting an application, where it is stated that they don’t have the exclusive rights to use the word “Stadium.” Despite this, the USPTO still thinks that All Elite Wrestling has failed to argue why they should be given a wrestling-related trademark using the word “Stampede.”
This past December 7th, the USPTO would go ahead and suspend AEW’s filing for the trademark. The WWE, on the other hand, has until March 2021 to update the trademark for the “Spring Stampede” name or it will be abandoned.