The Raw Women's Champion has been calling herself that that for about a year, having started during a rivalry involving Flair's daughter Charlotte. Becky would go on to win both the Raw and SmackDown women's titles as the storyline culminated in a triple threat between herself, Charlotte and Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35.
Flair, though, has laid claim to the phrase and is ready to take WWE to task over his use. The Hall of Famer says he has no problem with Becky continuing to use "The Man" but he wants to get paid for it.
“I love Becky Lynch and no one has supported the women’s division more than me as an outsider,” he claimed, per Sescoops.com. “Becky can have [the name] all day long but I want the company to pay me for it because I’m going to take care of my family.”
The 70-year-old adds that he's just looking to do right by his wife after she stuck by him during the most trying of times wants to make sure she and her family are taken care of when he passes.
"When I almost died two years ago, one person [Wendy] stayed by me," he told TMZ last week. "The whole time—31 days in the ICU, 12 days while I was dying on a respirator—and I'm gonna take care of her, and her family, and my family that has taken care of me no matter what.
"I don't care what the WWE thinks of me personally. I know they love me, but obviously they've lost respect for me."
ESPN reporter Marc Raimondi claims to have asked Becky about the situation; she would only say that Flair is a friend and that we'll see what happens where the trademarking is concerned.
I asked @BeckyLynchWWE about Ric Flair’s recent remarks about wanting to file a trademark for the “The Man” phrase.— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) September 9, 2019
Lynch: “All I can say about Ric is, I like Ric. He's been a good friend to me over the years. We'll see what happens with that."
Who's The Man?
It will be up for the courts to decide if Flair does take WWE to task but he says he's been calling himself that since 1981. Becky, on the other hand, only started last year but we'll just have to wait and see if Flair's claims hold any weight.