The WWE was planning to use “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair in a prominent role last year until an incident at a “WWE 2K14” panel incident caused them to cut ties with him. According to PWS on March 11, the WWE is now applying for the trademark to “Ric Flair,” making it look like he is on his way back for a more prominent role with the WWE.
The original incident was a panel of legends and current stars who talked about their WWE memories. Flair went off on a tangent, talking about everything from TNA Impact Wrestling to his own son’s drug overdose death. After the event, Flair’s upcoming role in the WWE as The Miz’s manager was cancelled and host Jim Ross was released from the company.
Things appear to have worked out well for both men.
While Jim Ross has the number one ranked sports podcast in iTunes, Flair is now back on good terms with the WWE. He appeared first at the old school “WWE Monday Night Raw” and then showed up on a pre- and post-show “WWE Monday Night Raw” panel on the WWE Network. Most recently, he appeared alongside his daughter on an NXT television show on the WWE Network.
The trademark asks for the “Ric Flair” name for WWE to use for “entertainment services, namely wrestling exhibitions 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.”
It is unclear how this will work for the WWE since Ric Flair has always owned the rights to his character’s name.