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Ric Flair threatens legal action over WWE's use of 'The Man'

Ric Flair

WWE Hall-of-Famer and wrestling legend Ric Flair said that he is threatening legal action against WWE for their use of "The Man".

In a video posted Thursday, Flair told TMZ that WWE's lawyer blew he and his lawyer off on two separate occasions in 2018 and 2019 about financial compensation for Becky Lynch's use of "The Man", a term he said he's used since 1981. He claims the WWE lawyer initially said the term "wasn't even close" to what Flair had trademarked.

He said he wanted to work out a private agreement with WWE, but they had no interest in doing so. He even reached out to COO and longtime friend Paul "Triple H" Levesque, but they could not come to an agreement.

Flair said he owns the trademark for the phrase "To be the man, you got to beat the man" and filed for a trademark on "The Man" on August 26th, specifically as it relates to wrestling. He said he has no issues with Lynch or her use of the term as long as he is compensated for it. He added that his daughter, Charlotte, is upset at him for filing for the trademark.

He said his goal is to ensure his family is financially taken care of after he is gone, especially his wife.

Several days after Flair filed for the trademark, Lynch tweeted 'I am The Man' and hasn't acknowledged the issue otherwise.