If a cease-and-desist order filed by World Wrestling Entertainment, (aka WWE aka The WWF) is granted, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, whose real name is Edward Leslie, will be forced to stop using one of the most recognizable and classic monikers in modern wrestling.
The WWE claims that they own the trademarked name and that Leslie, who dropped the name when he started working for the WCW, does not have the right to use it. Leslie counters saying that he has been using the name since 2000 without any trouble from the WWE.
Leslie recently a jumpstart to his career when he became a coach on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling.
This is the claim that Linda Hogan is making with her lawyers. She says that Hogan is selling off his trademark and brand name rights – including Hollywood Hulk, Hulkster and Hulkamania – to avoid paying assets to her in the divorce. The trademarks were sold to Hogans best friend Eric Bischoff for a fraction of what they are worth.
As the insanity surrounding the divorce of Hulk and Linda Hogan continues to swirl, here is the latest bit of celebrity injustice…
It appears that the couple put down almost $850,000 for a down payment on a $4.2 million dollar condo in Las Vegas before Linda filed for divorce. Hogan did not want the condo afterward, but Linda wanted to seal the purchase.
A divorce lawyer sided with Hulk that he did not have to make the purchase, however the real estate company will only return $200,000 and is keeping the other $650,000 for liquidated damages.
Now, both Hulk and Linda attorneys are fighting over who will absorb the monetary loss. But which Hogan attorney knows best?
In documents obtained by the St. Petersburg Times Hulk Hogan pulls in $56,708, but is spending $104,451 a month! This is the very definition of fiscal irresponsibility, and even worse than the “fiscal conservatives” who have torpedoed the US’s budget surplus into a financial deficit black hole.
Part of this is for the $40,000 in spousal support he has to pay out to Linda. In the papers, Linda claims the following in monthly expenses:
$7,258 on clothes
$7,502 in maid service
$6,100 a month on vacations
$2,464 on pool and lawn service (does that include the pool boy?)
$1,374 in pet expenses
I demand to know how the hell she pulls off this kind of spending!