WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has had several catchphrases during his career, but perhaps the most enduring one is his declaration that “To be the man, you have to beat the man.”
Flair, of course, is referring to himself and his career legacy when he issues that statement, but “The Man” has since come to mean the top dog or performer in both WWE and elsewhere.
In WWE, currently “The Man” moniker is used by current WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Lynch started referring to herself as The Man earlier this year while she was embroiled in a feud with Flair’s daughter Charlotte Flair.
While Lynch adopting “The Man” as her moniker might indeed just have been a shot at Charlotte, there’s no denying she’s lived up to it. She’s currently one of the most over superstars in the roster and is indeed “on top” even becoming the cover start of the latest WWE video game.
Till recently, there has been no real word on what Flair thought about Lynch calling herself the moniker he claimed for such a long time, but now it’s looking like he doesn’t approve.
It was reported last Friday that an LLC owned by Flair had filed a trademark on “The Man”. This was supposedly filed on August 26 and has some pretty strict guidelines for the phrase’s use.
“Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibitions, live appearances and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer rendered live and through broadcast media, namely, television and radio, and via the internet or commercial online service; providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing information in the fields of sports and entertainment via an online community portal; Providing a website in the field of sports entertainment; Fan club services; organizing and staging entertainment events with wrestling fan club members; Providing online newsletters in the fields of sports entertainment; Online journals, namely, blogs, in the fields of sports entertainment.”
All in all, it sounds like, if Flair’s trademark application goes through he will be the only wrestler, present or future, who can legally call himself “The Man”.
Lynch was apparently made aware of this move by Flair and responded on Twitter.
Flair responded by repeating his catchphrase with the taunting hashtag of #alreadytrademarked
No comment from WWE which already has created a significant amount of merchandising for Lynch calling her “The Man”.