Sasha Banks has made a couple of moves that could be interpreted as the multi-time Women’s Champion preparing for life after WWE.
As first covered by PWInsider on Tuesday, Soulnado Inc., a company that appears to be affiliated with Banks, filed trademark applications for ‘Mercedes Mone”, ‘Mone’ Talks’, ‘Bank Mone”, and ‘Statement Maker’ with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on 11 November.
Per the USPTO’s searchable database, Soulnado is seeking these marks for the following purposes:-
G & S: Jewelry; Jewelry and imitation jewelry; Pins being jewelry
G & S: Decals; Stickers; Posters made of paper; Stickers; Collectable printed trading cards; Collectible printed trading cards; Pictures in the nature of printed photographs; Printed post cards; Printed postcards; Printed posters
G & S: Coffee mugs; Drinking glasses; Water bottles sold empty
G & S: Hats; Leggings; Pants; Shirts; Socks; Bandanas; Sweatshirts; Hooded sweatshirts
G & S: Action figure toys; Action figures; Action figures and accessories therefor; Toy action figures
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
Michael E. Dockins, a frequent collaborator with non-WWE wrestlers looking to secure trademarks, was listed as the Attorney of Record.
Banks also tweeted the following on Tuesday night, which you can interpret however you see fit:-
Thank you 💙🦋
— Mercedes Varnado (@MercedesVarnado) November 16, 2022
Sasha has been away from WWE since she and Naomi walked out of a Raw taping in May. The duo reportedly left their Women’s Tag Team Championships on then-Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis’ desk, doing so after an unproductive meeting with Vince McMahon. Later that week, WWE announced live on SmackDown that it had stripped Banks and Naomi of their titles and suspended the duo indefinitely.
Rumors of a potential WWE comeback have persisted ever since, intensifying with McMahon’s ousting as Chairman and CEO in July.