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Ric Flair Explains Why He’s Fighting WWE Over ‘The Man’ Trademark, Reveals Charlotte Is Mad At Him Over It

September 5, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Ric Flair recently spoke to TMZ Sports where he explained why he’s fighting WWE over the trademark to the phrase ‘The Man’. He also revealed that his daughter Charlotte is actually upset with him for filing to trademark it.

He said: “I’m glad that I’m having this opportunity to clear the air. When I first saw this go down in August of 2018, I thought, ‘Cool, ‘The Man’ – my gimmick – versus my daughter, Charlotte.’ Okay, that’s the day it started, right after SummerSlam. I thought, cool. So I said, ‘I’m going to make some money; it’s my trademark and they have it to use.’ I’ve been saying it 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, 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 [the trademark], it’s my understanding that it’s because it’s too close to mine. So okay, let’s say, I’ve been saying ‘To be the man,’ whihc I have trademarked, I wrote a book ‘To Be The Man’… I told Hunter, ‘Hey, if push comes to shove, I’m going to file for it.’ I mean, I get it, but here’s the deal: I love Becky Lynch, and no one has supported the women’s division more than me as an outsider. As a matter of fact, I told the guys that I would have texted Becky last night and Sasha, but I’m sure Becky – I don’t know what the WWE’s spin has been to her. They stole it last night. 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 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. If I don’t win, and even if I won, Becky can have it all day long. I’m glad! But I want the company to pay me for it because I’m going to take care of my family. I am going to be ‘The Man’, and if I don’t get it, you know what my tombstone will say? ‘He died trying to be The Man’.

If you use the quotes, please credit TMZ Sports with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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