WWE Sends Cease and Desist Letter For The Use Of Name Brutus The Barber Beefcake

Colin VassalloCorrespondent INovember 23, 2008

TMZ.COM is running a story about WWE's lawyers sending a cease and desist letter addressed to CMT, Eric Bischoff and Bischoff/Hervey Entertainment regarding the use of Ed Leslie's character 'Brutus The Barber Beefcake' being used on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling saying that WWE owns the trademark for the character and Leslie has no right to use it.

WWE filed the letter on October 27 with CMT's legal department responding on November 7.

"The facts clearly show that WWE possesses no trademark rights in 'Brutus the Barber Beefcake'. At one point in time, WWE's predecessor, Titan Sports, Inc., may have possessed certain trademark rights in 'Brutus the Barber Beefcake,' but any rights your client may have had were abandoned, either expressly or as a matter of law," read part of the response from CMT's legal department.

The letter also points to other facts, noting that Leslie has been using the name since 2000 and WWE never did anything about it even though they knew he was using the name to wrestle in independent shows.

You can read WWE's letter as well as the response from CMT here.

Brutus Beefcake appeared on Friday's show on Ringside Live to discuss the Hogan CCW show as well as his career and when asked if he would return to WWE if the company wanted he clearly stated that he has no interest in doing business with the WWE again.

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