The WWE can parody celebrities, use the MNF theme when the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line comes on WWE RAW, and mock presidential candidates, but don’t you dare use the word smackdown. The WWE has filed a lawsuit against a wine school for a competition called the Sommelier Smackdown.
The WWE is claiming that it owns the word smackdown and has sent legal letters to the school. The owner of the Wine School of Philadelphia doesn’t seem to be phased by the legal threats. “Honestly, this makes me feel kinda special. I am being picked on by Vince McMahon. I better start working out. Maybe I should just challenge Vince to a wine tasting cage match. How would that look,” said the owner on the wine school’s website.
The irony here is that is anyone going to confuse a wine tasting competition with the WWE? Are there that many WWE fans that are going to run to the Wine School of Philadelphia in hopes of seeing the Big Show or the Great Khali competing in a wine tasting match? The answer is no and the lawsuit seems kind of silly in that retrospect. It would be like the producers of the movie No Way Out suing the WWE for using the name for their pay per views. I don’t think anyone is expecting a screening of the movie every time WWE advertises the event.
Maybe The Wine School of Philadelphia should change the name of the competition to Sommelier Pro Wrestling Event. It’s not like anyone is going to confuse the WWE with pro wrestling these days.
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