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Ric Flair says WWE tried to take away his intellectual property when he was on life support, Nick Khan took him off TV

During the “Wooooo Nation Uncensored” podcast, Ric Flair elaborated on some of recent social media comments about WWE and the trademark for “The Man.”

Madden:  “You said on Twitter that they (WWE) were trying to erase your legacy.  Talk about how they are trying to do that and what you are trying to get from them by way of, I guess restitution is the word”

Flair:  “Well, by erasing my legacy, if you take me off the opening of the show and take the Woo, which I own, thank God, because they will never get it back, and replace me with The Ultimate Warrior, a guy that sued the company, held them up for money, I guess the next thing they’re going to do with me is make a DVD having so many people say how bad I was like The Warrior, then they brought him back and put him in The Hall of Fame.  That isn’t going to work for me.  One and done.  No worries, but you’re not going to bring me back, not that they want me by any means, but I couldn’t ever work for Nick Khan in my entire life.  Vince McMahon, I can work for, but Nick Khan, who is a guy who orchestrated taking me off the show.  I’ve got my facts together.  He orchestrated taking my Woo off.  Never in a million years.  The big difference is Tony Khan respects me.  He has as did Vince.  NIck Khan has not.  I talk to Vince now.  I have no problem with Vince.  He just knows I won’t come back.”

Flair continued:  “Let me tell you something else that should not shock the world.  When I saw that they took me off the opening and all that for whatever reason, who knows, some people said to me, ‘Ric, how do you feel about that?’  I said, ‘Well, after they asked me to assign my intellectual property to them while I was on life support, nothing that company does surprises me.”

Madden said, “But you don’t tie that to Vince which I find curious”

Flair:  “He had nothing to do with it which he made very clear to me.”

Madden:  “Vince is the boss there, right?”

Flair:  “Yea, he’s the boss, WWE is not just a wrestling company, they’re Disney.  They do everything.  They make movies.  He’s got so much to oversee, and because he’s so hands on, yet he still can’t totally watch over everything.  It’s like the trademark with The Man trademark.  After an excruciating weekend, there was something that was going on with Taylor Swift and The Man, and all that.  I sat down.  Some guy from TMZ hit me up in L.A. and I said, ‘You have no idea how hard I worked for that label, and I own that trademark, ‘To Be The Man’.  They use that trademark to create The Man, which has been my label my entire career.  I thought it up.  It’s mine.  I own it.  I’m one of the few guys that owns their intellectual property.  Steve doesn’t own Stone Cold, believe it or not.  When they get a hold of it, they’re going to keep it.  They have their reasons, and I’m not the one making those calls, but I own my stuff.”

Flair said, “They (WWE) have seven applications to this day, as we speak, for the trademark, ‘The Man’.  That’s how much it was mine.”

Madden:  “Why didn’t they call her (Becky Lynch) ‘Stone Cold?’  Why didn’t they call her ‘The Game?’

Flair:  ‘Because Hunter told me that Stone Cold was trademarked’.  I said, ‘Why don’t you call her ‘The Game?’.  He said, ‘That’s trademarked too.’  I said, ‘So is The Man.’  He said, ‘No it’s not.  ‘To Be The Man, and The Man are two different things.’  Let’s get the facts straight.  They still don’t own it.  If I get a chance and I get cleared legally, I’m going to go back and get it.”

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