Originally posted by Americancyco
Ok I will agree with you on the name dropping of Harley race and Race only. Since he is the only name clearly mentioned as wearing the title belt that didn't.
But all the WWF has to say is this belt once represented the NWA title which was held by Race, blah blah blah and they are covered.
As far as WWF sueing WCW over Hall & Nash there is a major differance. WCW was playing off of WWF intellicetual <sp> property which was clearly making them money. If the WWF plays off the NWA it's not going to make them any extra money. the NWA name doesn't have any rewal clout, like the WWF name did/does back when they sued WCW. The NWA name isn't worth anything to the WWF.
It doesn't matter if you think or don't think the NWA name is worth anything nowadays. That's completely irrelevant. It's the principle of the whole thing.
Legally, what they're doing is wrong. By flat out saying that Triple H's championship is the same championship held by Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, and a bunch of other former NWA champions, they're making it out to be something that it isn't and as having a history that it doesn't. We're not talking about belts here, we're talking about actual titles! No, they may not be making any money off of it, but they're definetely instilling something in the minds of the fans that is totally false.
If WWE owned the NWA trademark (and by association, it's title history) they would be legally entitled to say whatever they wanted. But the fact is, they DON'T own it. Pro Wrestling Organization, LLC does. It's theirs, and so is the heritage of the championship. It all falls under intellectual property.
Let me ask you this, if YOU owned the NWA (rights to it's trademarks, titles, history, etc.) would you appreciate it if WWE or some other company started making false claims about their title by saying it is directly linked to yours, shares a history with it, and in fact, it's champion is the rightful heir to it? I don't think you would, especially if their lies and propaganda caused people to actually believe it! It could cause confusion about who the real deal is and might make them start to look at you as a fraud when you're not.
THAT'S why I think the NWA should sue WWE. They're taking something that belongs to it (the names associated with the history of their championship, i.e. intellectual property) and is deliberately using them to pollute the minds of the fans into thinking that their "world championship" was actually held by those men when it was not. It's no different than Bischoff bringing in Hall and Nash and deliberately having the fans think that they were "invaders" from the WWF when they really weren't. Same ballpark.