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There’s a battle brewing over who can call themselves ‘The Man’

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Yesterday (Aug. 30), PWInsider reported Ric Flair applied for the trademark on “The Man”. Wrestling Inc found the application, where Flair’s LLC said the term would be used for:

“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.”

Calling oneself “The Man” is something that’s been going on a long time. It’s a boast wherever there’s competition and/or testosterone. And while I’m not positive he was the first to use it in pro wrestling promo, it certainly became synonymous with the Nature Boy in interviews like this one:

But... in the past year, a current star of the squared circle claimed the title en route to a winning two titles, the Royal Rumble, and a WrestleMania main event. Becky Lynch also ruffled a few feathers because she did all those things while calling herself “The Man”, irrespective of being a woman.

And the Raw Women’s champ doesn’t seem to agree that Naitch can lay claim to the moniker:

Not that he cares (WOO):

Probably time for WWE’s lawyers to do some stylin’ and profilin’.

Stay tuned.

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