Various: WWE Undertaker Comic, WWE Tattoo Lawsuit Update, Indies
WWE Tattoo Artist Lawsuit Update
As previously reported, WWE is currently dealing with a lawsuit from Randy Orton’s tattoo artist in regards to allegations of copyright infringement. The lawsuit claims that both WWE and 2K Games have been using the artist’s designs without permission for WWE’s 2K video game series.
In an update to this situation, several more companies were recently added as defendants to the lawsuit including 2K Games’ parent company Take-Two Entertainment and WWE video game developer Yuke’s Co. Ltd. The tattoo artist, Catherine Alexander, is also claiming Randy Orton does not have legal ownership to her designs nor any rights to negotiate the use of her designs in video games without her permission.
In regards to the ownership of the tattoo designs, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that Alexander filed trademarks for her designs on March 15, 2018.
Newest WWE Comic Book Based on the Origins of The Undertaker
WWE comic book series creator BOOM! Studios announced that they are currently working on a new WWE comic book called WWE: Undertaker which focuses on the origins and career of The Undertaker. The comic book is currently scheduled to be released this October.
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BOOM! Studios and WWE announced today WWE: UNDERTAKER, an all-new original graphic novel exploring the career of the legendary Superstar, considered one of the greatest performers in WWE history. For the first time, novelist, journalist, and combat sports expert Chad Dundas (Champion of the World) and artist Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE) chronicle the unrivaled career of Undertaker, with new revelations and surprises about some of the most pivotal moments in his more than twenty-five year history in sports entertainment.
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
Cody announced on Instagram that Joey Janela, Penelope Ford, and Chelsea Green will all be appearing at the All-In event on September 1st at the Sears Centre Arena in Chicago, Illinois. They join Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Stephen Amell, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll, Tessa Blanchard, Penta El Zero M, Rey Fenix, Kazuchika Okada, and Deonna Purrazzo as those confirmed so far to be appearing at the event.
During a recent interview with Tokyo Sports, NJPW’s Toru Yano praised Shinsuke Nakamura both for his delivery of the low blow and for showcasing his move to worldwide audiences.
Championship Wrestling from Hollywood announced they have recently signed a television deal with NESN and will be announcing more details at a later date.