WWE using the Great Balls of Fire name has been quite the topic of discussion as of late. Fans are still confused as to the meaning of the name when it comes to the theme of the pay per view. It has now been revealed that the name also came up in discussion between Jerry Lee Lewis and his lawyer. The musician was not pleased that World Wrestling Entertainment was using his trademark phrase without his permission. Joe Barton also happens to be the lawyer of Jerry Lawler. Barton contacted Lawler about filing a complaint with WWE. The two sides worked things out and a deal has been reached.
Jerry Lee Lewis owns Great Balls of Fire
Back in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis released a song called Great Balls of Fire. Little did he know at the time just how historic that would be. The song is still one of the more recognizable ones to this day. Even people who were not born when Lewis was a star have heard of the song. Jerry was smart enough to take ownership of the copyright. The 81 year old has made a pretty penny over the years by allowing others to use the name and the song.
WWE unaware of Great Balls of Fire copyright
When Jerry Lawler revealed that his lawyer had reached out to WWE on behalf of Jerry Lee Lewis, it was a bit of a surprise. This is a publicly traded company that has their own legal department. It seems almost impossible that World Wrestling Entertainment would not be aware that Jerry Lee Lewis owned the copyright to the Great Balls of Fire name before they decided to use it for a pay per view event. There must have been some sort of oversight on the matter. Fortunately for the company, Lewis ended up being rather easy to work with.
Backstage heat on Jerry Lawler from WWE
There is unlikely to be any backstage heat on Jerry Lawler for the situation regarding Great Balls of Fire. Being represented by the same lawyer as Jerry Lee Lewis should not be something held against the King of Memphis. If anything, Lawler should be commended for helping to squash a situation before it becomes a legal headache. They already have plenty of that to deal with. There is a good chance that Joe Barton did not go really hard after WWE since he knows about the relationship between Lawler and the company.
WWE fans still not sure about Great Balls of Fire
Spend a minute on social media and it is easy to see that WWE fans are confused about Great Balls of Fire. The company has yet to reveal the meaning behind the use of the name for the pay per view. World Wrestling Entertainment recently released a trailer for the show. No further clues were provided there. It has now gotten to the point where wrestling fans online are mocking WWE for the name. The company is trying to push #WWEGBOF as the preferred hashtag for the show. Rebellious fans, on the other hand, are pushing #WWEBalls instead.
Great Balls of Fire drawing well for WWE
Despite the name causing some confusion among fans, Great Balls of Fire should produce good numbers for WWE. The show is being headlined by a dream match between Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar. That alone should generate plenty of interest. There is also a good chance that World Wrestling Entertainment is going to flank the main event with a high profile match between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt. Plus Dallas is considered a pretty good market for pro wrestling.