Jay-Z learned the hard way in 2007 to do a little research into what has and hasn't already been done when it comes to hand gestures.
In the present day, it is extremely difficult to be entirely original in the world of professional wrestling. Even a wrestler that seems completely unique on the surface can likely be broken down into his or her separate components. A list of things they took from other wrestlers, whether consciously or otherwise, and combined them all to make what you see before you.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's almost a necessity. Being completely unique in any walk of entertainment is almost impossible considering what has come before. However, in some cases, the world of professional wrestling can be an unforgiving one when it comes to borrowing things from the past. Jay-Z learned that the hard way back in 2007.
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Yes, we do mean that Jay-Z. It is probably a little unfair to compare him to hungry young wrestlers watching old matches, though. The rapper used a particular hand gesture 12 years ago to promote his Roc La Familia album. It featured on the cover, in his music videos, and he even created and sold merchandise with it on. The problem is, a certain wrestler had been using it more than a decade before he did.
That man was Diamond Dallas Page. Those of you familiar with DDP will know how savvy a businessman he is. As it turns out, he had the diamond-like hand gesture copyrighted. No, we didn't realize you could do that with a hand gesture either. As soon as the former WCW Champion got wind of Jay-Z using his Diamond Cutter hand gesture, he threatened the rapper with legal action.
With no real legal platform to stand on, Jay-Z had no real choice but to pay up for his oversight. However, the case never made it to court. DDP and Jay-Z settled out of court for an unspecified fee. A happy ending for DDP, and not the only time Jay-Z was involved in the wrestling business. Well, it was if you don't include the cardboard cutout John Cena rapped at during WrestleMania XIX, we guess.