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Ric Flair threatening WWE with legal action over ‘The Man’ catchphrase

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.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Ric Flair is just an old drunk.

  • CC

    I think this might be a first on this site. Pretty much every single person posting thinks he is being a greedy idiot. When have we ever all agreed with eachother? ha ha

  • CC

    You mean Randy Orton is not a viper? John Cena was not a doctor? Kane is not a big red machine? Shane McMahon is not the best in the world? You have ruined his world man. It was all still real to him dammit.

  • Darrin Tyler

    Out of wrestling I’ve always hated him personally, he was always a jerk off. And today he’s not changed at all

  • Omar

    Flair is a bag of embarrassment. He will stoop to any level to A) stay in limelight and B) make a buck. Such a disgrace.

  • Luke

    If you’re not up for stupid nicknames, then WWE isn’t for you.

    “The deadman” is a stupid nickname if you think about it as he’s clearly not dead. Undertaker made it cool enough that none of us thought about it.

    Stone Cold isn’t really a rattlesnake, The Rock was a person, Road Dogg wasn’t a dog. And so on.

  • CC

    Some people just don’t get the difference.

  • CC

    Flair has abused his body and mind over the years even more than he has abused his bank account.
    The guy has serious issues. It was only a few months ago he was shooting on someone and then had to back down because he was in the wrong.

    He has never called himself “The Man” as a catchphase or used it as a nickname, and nobody has ever said “The Man” Ric Flair. His trademark is the whole catchphrase “To be the man, you have to beat the man”, but that does not mean he owns the phrase “The Man”.

    The guy is obviously desperate for money yet again and is trying to make what he thinks is a quick buck, but is forgetting that if he gets WWE on his wrong side then he is ruining his chances of working with them in the future, cutting off any future money he would make from them.
    Plus, we all know how vindictive WWE can be if they really want to, and could actually hurt Charlotte (I don’t see them burying her or anything, but you could certainly see WWE no longer wanting to push her to being the multi time champ her father is if they no longer want to reference him).

    He says WWE “brushed him off”, which is more a case of he though he could extort money out of them and they rightly pointed out that he does not own the phrase “The Man”.

    Go home Ric Flair, you are drunk (as usual).

  • EVH

    Except that she never has done that. She’s always referred to herself as “The Man”. not “I’m a man”

  • ROB-1.

    I remember Ric saying you got to beat the man. However Becky Lynch calling herself a man is stupid, unless she wants an operation.

  • Sparti Love

    Lots of people say they’re “The Man”. There’s songs and movies named “The Man”, plus I don’t recall him actually calling himself “The Man”, its just part of his catchphase. He doesn’t have a case, otherwise his lawyer wouldn’t let WWE’s blow him off over 8mos ago. Ric simply wants one last pay day for his family

  • Rinn13

    This is double idiotic, first because her calling herself “The Man”, has always been lame.

    And second, because Flair has obviously mismanaged his money so badly, that he needs to pull a stunt like this, against the company that has been pushing the hell out of his precious daughter, just to try and whip up some more $$$$ to piss away.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    You MUST be effing kidding me, Ric. The last statement makes it sound like a total money grab for his wife’s family.

  • Soulshroude

    Yup.

  • Wicka Steve

    Phillips really just needs to honestly drop dead. He hasn’t mattered since ’92. He’s a joke and an embarrassment. For a guy who supposedly had no problem putting people over, he certainly refuses to lay down for the reaper.

  • Jason Conlan

    Unless he has trademarked it already he’s screwed and should be quiet…..

  • Soulshroude

    Technically, Rick is posturing. It’s not “yet” his trademark from a LEGAL point of view. Thereby, he’s blowing hot air and babbling incoherently like he always does.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I remember him saying it in his long, “catchphrase”. But I dont remember him ever saying that hes, ‘the man’. And if he doesnt actually have it trademarked, then I dont see how he has any ground to stand on.

  • wwemrpeeps85

    What a joke