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.
Remember a few years back how WWE wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife Nancy Benoit and their son before committing suicide? Well not ten months after those tragic events, first-amendment-loving Larry Flynt and Hustler magazine printed nude photos of Nancy Benoit that had been discovered, and her family sued the magazine for violation of privacy.
Today, the case was thrown out by a judge, who claimed that Hustler had the right the print the photos, though noting that the photos were “offensive and distasteful.”
Nancy’s family are still contemplating a wrongful death lawsuit against the WWE.
Last October, a witness called the police saying that Kurt Angle was driving erratically after leaving a bar and may be intoxicated. Well, Angle was slapped with DUI allegations, but today he was found not guilty. Either Angle has a heck of a drunk driving defense attorney or it could be the fact that Angle was never seen driving the car by police officers. That witness better be put in police protection… Angle doesn’t take to kindly to being dissed.