Diamond Dallas Page Sues Jay-Z, Wrestler-Rapper Lawsuits Pile On
Former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page is suing Jay-Z, claiming the hip-hop heavyweight has illegally adopted his trademark hand gesture--the "Diamond Cutter"--as his own.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Federal Court on Friday, accuses Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records of trademark and copyright infringement as well as misappropriation of the hand symbol. Page is seeking an injunction (meaning Jay-Z would be prohibited from using the gesture) and unspecified monetary damages…
“People would come up to him and ask him if he was letting Jay-Z use it or if he had licensed it to him,” [Page’s lawyer George] Gallegos said of the symbol, which he claims his client created in 1996 and copyrighted years ago. “People [would also] say he’s using Jay-Z’s sign.”
While most people think the suit is a bit silly, especially since Page hasn’t wrestled for years now, others, like Riff Raff, catalog this as one more clash between the wrestling and rap worlds. For years now, the wrestling federations have been reacting to what they perceive is the rap world infringing on its entertainment niche. Not up on your beef? Below we’ve listed some of wrestling vs. rap’s most famous feuds.
1997. The Undertaker and Paul Bearer Sue the Notorious B.I.G.. Immediately after the death of and church services for Biggie Smalls a/k/a Christopher Wallace, this famously morbid wrestler sued the Wallace family for stealing his trademark move: proper burial. “I’ve been doing the coffin thing for twenty years now,” explains the Undertaker. “I’m not taking the piss.”
1991. Brutus the Barber Beefcake Takes On Kid ‘N’ Play. Disgusted by how both Kid and Play wore their hair (one had a french fry shaped flat-top, the other had a line in his head that made his head look like an askew butt), Beefcake sued the rap duo for giving barbers and haircuts a bad name.
2000. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith Sues the Baha Men Over the Song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” To the rest of the world this was a harmless song with, at its heart, a harmless question. The British Bulldog, whose livelihood is dogs, however, thought otherwise: “This is defamation. Let me reiterate: Nobody let the dogs out.”
2005. Jake the Snake Roberts Sues Lloyd Banks. Jake the Snake contends that Banks stole his signature move when, disgruntled by his boss 50 Cent’s performance at Elizabeth Brooks’s bat mitzvah, Banks replaced 50’s bag of presents with Brooks with a bag of anger-prone pythons.
1995. Hulk Hogan Releases a Rap Album. Angry that hip-hop was becoming so powerful a cultural force, Hogan decided to get back at the rap industry by recording his own album, designed to “destroy the genre from the inside–rapside.” To this day, whenever anyone spins his a copy Hulk Rules, Virgin Mary statues everywhere shed tears of blood.
2005. Sargent Slaughter Sues Paul Wall Over His Verse on 50 Cent’s “Just A Touch.” “You can call me Sargent Slaughter when I beat up the twat,” brags Wall about midway through his now infamous guest appearance. Upon listening, Slaughter was mortified, and immediately issued the following statement: “I just want to tell all you twats out there, just so we’re clear: I will never, ever beat you.”