On January 13th 2022, WWE filed a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the term ‘Gunther Stark’ and here was the description:
Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and through broadcast media including television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; providing information in the fields of sports and entertainment via an online community portal; providing a website in the field of sports entertainment information; fan club services, namely, organizing sporting events in the field of wrestling for wrestling fan club members; organizing social entertainment events for entertainment purposes for wrestling fan club members; providing online newsletters in the fields of sports entertainment; online journals, namely blogs, in the field of sports entertainment.
As it turns out, a Google search shows that ‘Gunther Stark’ was a U-boat commander for the Nazis during World War II and Twitter users reacted to the news:
I’m by no means claiming that they’ve done this intentionally, because I’m sure they haven’t in the slightest, but a very quick Google search could solve any potential issues like this that may arise
There was a similar issue with Tony D’Angelo recently too.
— Louis Dangoor (@TheLouisDangoor) January 18, 2022
New WWE prospect Gunther Stark better not ever win any Elimination Chamber. 😬
— Macho Beard™ (@Machobeard4life) January 18, 2022
Gunther Stark’s NXT career is gonna be a wild ride before it even gets started, apparently
— Toru Yano Fan Account (@ToruYanoFanAcct) January 18, 2022