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Claudio Castagnoli files trademark for 'CSRO'

The 41-year-old departed WWE in February after his contract expired.
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Claudio Castagnoli, formerly known as Cesaro in WWE, has filed a trademark for the name "CSRO."

The trademark was filed on March 14 and is for goods and services related to pro wrestling, merchandise, and coffee products:

IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Hats; Shirts; Socks; Sweatshirts; Hooded sweatshirts

IC 030. US 046. G & S: Coffee; Coffee beans; Coffee drinks; Ground coffee; Ground coffee beans

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: 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 a professional wrestler and sports entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a professional wrestler and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, televised appearances by a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing online interviews featuring a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality in the field of professional wrestling and sports entertainment for entertainment purposes

In a reference to the Swiss flag, the trademark includes a cross on the letter "O" in "CSRO."

Castagnoli departed WWE last month after his contract expired. He had been with the company since 2011. It was reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Castagnoli wasn't looking to leave WWE, but he didn't like the contract extension offer that he was given.

"Cesaro’s (Claudio Castagnoli, 41) contract has expired as of this week. The two sides were in talks on a new deal but couldn’t come to terms. Given the huge money they’ve offered others whose deals have been up (Zayn, Owens and Styles) it would indicate he did not get that level of an offer. He also hadn’t gotten any backdoor AEW offer when he was negotiating so it wasn’t that he got a better offer elsewhere," wrote Dave Meltzer. 

"This was more of a WWE decision than a Cesaro decision in the sense he wasn’t looking to leave like others were, but they made an offer he didn’t like. He is free to go anywhere immediately."

During his time with WWE, Castagnoli was a seven-time Tag Team Champion, one-time United States Champion, and won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in 2014.

Castagnoli's last match before his WWE contract expired was a loss to Baron Corbin on the February 11 episode of SmackDown.