Before 2018 Becky Lynch, there was the original ‘Man’ in 1981, the one and only ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
In a new interview with TMZ, the WWE Hall of Famer has taken issue with WWE’s use of the ‘The Man’ catchphrase and claims he was blown off when asking to be paid for its use.
“I’m glad that I’m having this opportunity to clear the air. When I first saw this go down in August 2018, I thought, Cool, ‘The Man’, my gimmick versus my daughter. Okay, that’s the day it started, right after SummerSlam. I thought, cool. I said, ‘I’m going to make some money, it’s my trademark and they have it to use. I’ve been saying it’s since 1981. So I got my worded statement, I sent them a text and the lawyer, who just has no respect for me whatsoever which is something I’m not going to deal with much longer, he said, ‘You’re wrong. It’s not even close.’ I said, ‘It’s not even close?’ So, boom, then I sent him another text, he didn’t respond. So I had my lawyer call him and he blew off my lawyer. This is all in 2018 or in January of 19.”
I told Hunter, ‘Hunter, I’m going to file.’ I mean, the reason they don’t have it, it’s my understanding is that it’s because it’s too close to mine.”
Flair continues that he owns the trademark and makes it clear he has no issue with Becky Lynch regardless of what is happening:
“It’s funny, my daughter is so mad at me because I filed, not even understanding that it’s not with Becky. I have no beef with Becky. But here’s the deal: when I almost died two years ago, one person, one person stayed by me the whole time for 31 days in ICU, 12 days while I was dying on a respirator, and I’m going to take care of her and her family, and my family that has taken care of me, no matter what. I don’t care what the WWE thinks of me personally; I know they love me, but obviously they have lost respect for me.”
Who do you guys think is in the right here with ‘The Man’ catchphrase? Hopefully it all ends amicably and there is an outcome that all three parties (Lynch, Flair and WWE) are happy with.