In an interview with TMZ Sports, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair said he intends to file a trademark in an attempt to force WWE to pay him royalties over current RAW Women’s Champion Beckly Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick.
Flair stated in the interview he filed a trademark application for the term “The Man” and is attempting to work out a private agreement with WWE for the company’s continued use by Becky Lynch before considering further legal alternatives if WWE is not willing to pay him royalties.
Flair said that his attorney was blown off by WWE in early 2019.
Flair further stated in the interview that he discussed the situation with Triple H, but neither side was able to reach a financial agreement.
He said that he has been using “The Man” term since 1981, has merchandise with the term and an autobiography with that term in the title.
Flair did note that he loves Lynch and initially he had no problem with Lynch using the term since she was in a feud with his real-life daughter Charlotte, and assumed he would be paid for WWE using it.
He indicated that he wants to take care of his family who was by his side when he was in the ICU two years ago in which he said “He almost died.”
Flair also stated that Lynch can use the phrase as long as WWE pays him. He then also went on to say that he doesn’t care what the WWE thinks of him personally, but he knows they love him, but obviously they [WWE] have lost respect for him.
You can watch the full interview above.