Various: CM Punk on Future of His Active Wrestling Career, New Trademarks, Indies

CM Punk on Future of His Active Wrestling Career

Following their Revolution 2022 event this past Sunday in Orlando, Florida, AEW held a post-show media scrum which featured CM Punk among the speakers. One of the topics discussed included his thoughts on the future of his active wrestling career.

“I think so. There are people I want to wrestle just for wrestling’s sake, but after a while, I don’t know how much time I have.I don’t know how many matches I have left. If I’m not working my way towards a title shot and I’m not trying to be where Hangman is, I don’t know what I’m doing. I think that’s something that might happen, keep your eyes on it.

There is a ranking system, I think I’m doing pretty good; I like Hangman, though. It’s a lot easier to wrestle someone when you hate him. I like that Cowboy.”

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WWE, Shane Strickland, & Abadon File New Trademarks

WWE, Shane “Swerve” Strickland, and Abadon recently filed several new trademarks to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

A trademark for the “WW” scratch logo was filed by WWE on March 3rd for merchandise-related purposes.

Trademarks for “Swerve Strickland” and “Swerve” were filed by “Swerve” Strickland on March 1st for wrestling and merchandise-related purposes. This is the new ring name of Shane “Swerve” Strickland in AEW.

A trademark for “Abadon” was filed by Abadon on March 3rd for wrestling and entertainment-related purposes.

Misc. Wrestling News & Notes

Westside Xtreme Wrestling recently announced that four of their talent and staff had tested positive for COVID-19 following this past weekend’s 16 Carat Gold 2022 tournament in Oberhausen, Germany.

As noted before, former MMA fighter and WWE talent Cain Velasquez was arrested last week following an attempted murder incident in San Jose, California. The Associated Press reported that a judge denied Velasquez bail during his court hearing this past Monday.

Ring of Honor recently announced that former ROH owner Cary Silken is the final inductee for the inaugural class of their Hall of Fame. It was announced that Silken will be inducted as their first ever Legacy Award winner.

As noted before, Jake Something’s contract with Impact Wrestling is rumored to have expired following their Sacrifice 2022 event this past Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. Something recently announced on Twitter that the reports of his Impact contract expiring this past weekend are true and he is currently a free agent. In a follow up tweet, Something thanked Impact and EVP Scott D’Amore for his time in the company.

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that they will be holding a NJPW Strong themed event called Collision in Philadelphia on May 15th at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was also announced that tickets for this upcoming event will officially go on sale starting on March 11th.

NJPW also recently announced five new matches for the card of their NJPW Strong Style Evolved 2022 event on March 20th in Tampa, Florida:

  • FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) vs. JONAH & Shane Haste
  • Karl Fredericks vs. Josh Alexander
  • Big Damo (former Killian Dain in WWE) vs. John Skyler
  • “Uptpwn” Andy Brown vs. Hikuleo
  • Kevin Knight vs. The DKC

Josh Barnett recently announced two new matches for the card of Game Changer Wrestling’s Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 8 event on March 31st in Dallas, Texas:

  • John Hennigan (former John Morrison in WWE) vs. Simon Gotch
  • Josh Barnett vs. JONAH

WrestleCon recently announced a new match for the card of their Mark Hitchcock Memorial SuperShow 2022 event on March 31st in Dallas, Texas:

  • Tomohiro Ishii vs. Timothy Thatcher

Impact Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Rebellion 2022 event on April 23rd in Poughkeepsie, New York:

  • Impact X-Division Championship Triple Threat match – TBA vs. TBA vs. Trey Miguel (c)