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​TNA Receives A Cease & Desist Letter Over The “Crazzy Steve” Gimmick – Details



Source: Pwinsider

According to reports, TNA Wrestling received a cease and desist letter in March of this year over Crazzy Steve and The Decay stable. Ohio indy wrestler Justin Carnes, who has has wrestled as “Krimson”, “Conrad Kennedy III”, and other names since 2000, claims that TNA Wrestling is “responsible for infringement of certain copyrights that are owned or controlled by Carnes.” His “Krimson” character portrays an evil clown.

Carnes says that certain elements of TNA’s Crazzy Steve character were taken directly from his gimmick, including the red mist, mannerisms, costumes and face paint. Of course, evil clown gimmicks are nothing new in the pro wrestling industry. Carnes notes that in 2010 he was a member of a group called the “Dead Wrestlers Society” and Steve, as a part of The Decay stable, “replicated the Dead Wrestling Society model and teamed with certain other wrestlers who were similar in style to him, which is also a blatant use of Carnes’s works.”

TNA was threatened to immediately stop using the copyrights Carnes claims to own and acknowledge in writing that they will comply by April 6. If the company doesn’t respond or comply, Carnes threatens to “take further legal action”. TNA’s legal team is currently in possession of the cease and desist letter.

For those wondering, Crazzy Steve has been with TNA Wrestling since 2014 and The Decoy stable is his biggest push to date.

It should also be noted that Carnes has worked for TNA Wrestling as enhancement talent in the past.

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