Cody Rhodes recently filed trademarks for a number of different terms including Bash At The Beach, Battlebowl, and Bunkhouse Stampede.
At the turn of the year, all anyone was talking about in wrestling was AEW. That's because members of The Elite confirmed its existence on New Year's Day. Shortly after that, AEW held its first rally and revealed details about the promotion, as well as some of its roster. While work obviously still continues, the hype surrounding AEW has naturally died down a little.
That's probably due to there being no new information available right now. We know some of the names on the roster, we're eagerly awaiting Double Or Nothing, and we're aware that AEW's team is busy putting a TV deal in place. It feels a little like the quiet before the storm which is why news of some trademarks filed by Cody Rhodes this week have sparked a lot of interest.
Some of the terms Rhodes has filed trademarks for suggest that AEW is going to have some pretty heavy WCW links once it gets underway. PWInsider has reported that the terms Battle Bowl, Bash At The Beach, and Bunkhouse Stampede have all had trademarks filed by Rhodes. Not only are they all terms associated with WCW, but they are also all linked to Rhodes' father, Dusty.
For younger fans, Bash At The Beach was an annual PPV run by WCW. The last event took place during the summer of 2000. Bunkhouse Stampede was also originally a PPV back in 1987. It was based around a match of the same name which was effectively a battle royal inside of a steel cage. Last but not least, Battlebowl was an event during which random wrestlers were forced to team together for a chance to enter a battle royal and be named the Battlebowl winner.
Rhodes has already admitted that he has imagined the prospect of AEW becoming a modern-day WCW that can compete with WWE. Even though he qualified those comments by saying those close to him have reminded him that's not necessarily the right way to go about things, the above news suggests that AEW is going to have a real WCW feel to it. That can be a good thing for a number of reasons, but also a bad idea for just as many.