According to Fightful, World Wrestling Entertainment filed for the NXT UK related trademark, Prelude, on February 9, 2021.
While it is unknown what the trademark pertains to, the official filing was for the full designation, ‘NXT UK: Prelude’, leading some to speculate that the company are planning a television special prior to being able to get back to their TakeOver events once the current pandemic lifts.
The filing description read:
IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: 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
Unable to hold the next instalment in their NXT UK TakeOver series which would have been in Dublin, Ireland, in 2020 – currently scheduled for June 2021 – the brand has somewhat suffered from only being able to build television feuds which have a small stage for their eventual pay-off.
Matches such as WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov for the NXT UK Championship and upcoming bouts Kay Lee Ray vs. Meiko Satomura and Jordan Devlin vs. Trent Seven for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship all deserve/deserved a bigger stage than weekly television and as the company have applied for the trademark for, ‘entertainer rendered live and through broadcast media’, there may be chance that something bigger is coming the British brand’s way.