Sasha Banks Files Telling New Trademark Application

Is Sasha Banks' latest trademark application a sign of what she plans on doing next?

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Sasha Banks has filed a trademark application for her real name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Per the USPTO's database, Banks filed the application for 'Mercedes Varnado' on 1 December 2022, doing so with Michael E. Dockins, the wrestling-affiliated 'Gimmick Attorney.'

Interestingly, Bank's application lists not only professional wrestling, but music (including live performances) and acting as well.

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Sasha is pursuing the mark for the following purposes:-

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services in the nature of live audio performances by an actor or musician; Entertainment services in the nature of live visual and audio performances by an actor; Entertainment services in the nature of live visual and audio performances by an actor or musician; Entertainment in the nature of wrestling contests; Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a professional wrestler, actor, and musician; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a professional wrestler, actor, and musician; Entertainment services, namely, providing music tours in the nature of live musical performances; Entertainment services, namely, providing non-downloadable prerecorded music via a website; Entertainment services, namely, televised appearances by a professional wrestler, actor, and musician; Entertainment, namely, live music concerts; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing on-line music, not downloadable; Providing on-line videos featuring a professional wrestler, actor, and musician, not downloadable; Providing online music, not downloadable. FIRST USE: 20120000. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20120000

This is Banks' second major trip to the USPTO in as many months, having filed applications for 'Mercedes Mone'', 'Mone' Talks', 'Bank Mone'', and 'Statement Maker' on 11 November. Expect further speculation to stem from this latest set of filings.

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Sasha is currently inactive in wrestling following her and Naomi's decision to walk out of a WWE Raw taping in May. WWE suspended the duo indefinitely and stripped them of the Women's Tag Team Championships in the process, leaving their wrestling futures in limbo. This remains the case. Although constant rumours have swirled around both, there is currently no concrete word on the duo re-signing - or leaving WWE outright.

Banks recently confirmed that she had wrapped filming on her first movie.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.