• Old School WCW Diva Celebrates Her Birthday
Old School WCW Diva Midnight (Real name: Ann-Marie Crooks) celebrates her 54th birthday today.
The former female bodybuilder used to be the valet of famous World Championship Wrestling Tag Team Harlem Heat in 1999 and early 2000.
During her time in Ted Turner’s WCW, she wasn’t just used as a female manager, but also wrestled a couple of matches, after being trained in the famous ‘WCW Power Plant’ wrestling school.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIDNIGHT!
• WWE Possibly Punishing Charlotte Because Of Ric Flair
During a recent edition of Conversation with The Big Guy podcast, former WWE Superstar Ryback explained how WWE is going to deal with Ric Flair over “The Man” trademark situation.
Below is what Ryback said:
“Becky Lynch using The Man and trying to file that trademark, they’re going to file for that in Wrestling & Entertainment Services to try and sell merchandise and advertise it at wrestling events.
It is extremely similar to Ric Flair’s trademark. It is using the phrase ‘The Man’ 100 percent. What Ric Flair is going to have to do is file ‘The Man’ also most likely and put a cancel on their trademark and that is going to drag out for a long time, probably between 12-18 months.
WWE with my trademark ‘Ryback’, I own ‘Feed Me More’ and I own ‘The Big Guy.’ ‘Ryback’ – we were waiting for them to let that trademark expire that they never had my approval to trademark in the first place because I owned it before I came to WWE.
They refiled for that trademark on the last day of the deadline so now what I have to do is I have to cancel their trademark and spend upward of $40,000-$60,000 in attorney fees to fight this to make sure that I get that and it’ll take anywhere between a year and a year-and-a-half from once we filed to cancel their trademark.
But this is what I explained to people…even Ric Flair, who is friends with Triple H, they’re f***ing pieces of sh*t. There is no need – they have no respect for talent over there. The only reason they give a f*** about ‘The Man’ is because they are trying to make money off of Becky Lynch right now. That is all they care about.
How much money they make and the talents hardly make sh*t from it, so now Ric Flair is going to have to spend this money and what is going to happen is that they are going to punish Charlotte Flair. This is how it works and then they are going to pressure Ric with Charlotte.
I guarantee you they play that card against them and they make him feel guilty as a father in all of this. It just sucks because all they have to do is pay Ric Flair a royalty to use The Man is what they should do. He has been using that phrase far before Becky Lynch.
It’s unfortunate. There’s no need. This is what I tell people: what is Ric Flair supposed to do? Just allow them to take what is his? It’s going to affect Charlotte and granted Charlotte has busted her a$$ all these years and I was there and saw her when she came in. She works very hard as does everybody there, but this is what we talk about with this major corporation and this sh*t they try to pull and what I have gotten away with and what I have gotten.
I am still over three years gone and they are trying to control ‘Ryback’ so that they don’t have to pay me for YouTube videos. They are making insane ad revenue off of YouTube with all the talent and they don’t pay any of us. They used to use all of my stuff and anybody on that roster they don’t pay them a dollar of social media revenue.
That is using everybody’s likeness, and that is crazy, which is one of the reasons they want to own ‘Ryback’ so that they don’t have to pay me royalties for the Network and other sh*t because once I own it they are going to have to pay me to use my name.
And for them to do that to a guy like Ric Flair where all they have to do is pay him a royalty percentage and Ric would be happy. He even said it, throw him 15-20%. He f***ing came up with it. I don’t get it.”
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