World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is attempting a legal smackdown against a wine school that it says is violating its trademark. WWE is opposing the Philadelphia Wine School's attempt to register the name Sommelier Smackdown for the food and wine pairing competitions it has held since 2007. The WWE's "SmackDown" program has aired on television since 1999. "This is just a standard bully tactic. It's impossible for them to claim that smackdown is not a generic term," the wine school's owner says.
Wrestling Promoter, Wine School Butt Heads in Trademark Smackdown
The National Law Journal
October 14, 2009