TNA was apparently sent a cease and desist letter in March in regards to current performer Crazzy Steve and his stable The Decay. The cease and desist came from Ohio independent wrestler Justin Carnes. Carnes wrestled for years under the name Krimson and is claiming that TNA is, “responsible for infringement of certain copyrights that are owned and controlled by Carnes.” Carnes’ Krimson character is an evil clown.
Carnes is claiming that elements of Crazzy Steve’s performance in TNA have been lifted from his work as Krimson including the use of red mist, Steve’s mannerisms, costuming and face paint. He also states that in 2010 he created a faction known as Dead Wrestler’s Society and that Steve’s stable The Decay, “replicated the Dead Wrestler’s 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.”
The cease and desist requests that TNA cease all usage of the copyrights Carnes is claiming to own and would like TNA to acknowledge in writing that they will comply by 4/6. It also notes that if TNA does not comply he could follow through with additional legal actions. TNA sources have acknowledged they did receive the letter and that it is in the hands of their legal team.