WWE Almost Sued Over Great Balls Of Fire
WWE almost found themselves in legal hot water over their hilarious decision to name July’s pay-per-view Great Balls of Fire.
According to Jerry Lawler, who was speaking on his podcast Dinner With The King, his personal attorney Joe Barton – who also represents Jerry Lee Lewis, writer and singer of the song ‘Great Balls of Fire’ – got in touch and asked who he would need to speak to at WWE about copyright infringement.
When Lawler asked for more information, Barton told him, “Well, we understand they are doing a pay-per-view called Great Balls of Fire and Jerry Lee has that phrase trademarked. He has ever since they recorded the song.”
Lawler put Barton in touch with the right people at WWE and not only did they receive permission to use the name for the event, they also worked out a licensing arrangement for the rights to use Lewis’s song as the show’s official track.
That, combined with the logo farce (they designed a logo that looked like a penis which was mocked by everyone, including Sasha Banks, so they ended up having to change it – see main image) seems like a lot of effort to go to for such a ridiculously-named show.