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Professional wrestler Kevin “Big Sexy” Nash wants somebody to pay. And that somebody, he claims, should be World Championship Wrestling. Nash is suing WCW, now known as Universal Wrestling Corp., claiming he’s owed royalties for the organization’s use of his name, image and persona. His suit, filed last week in Fulton County, Ga., State Court, claimed he’s not the only wrestler who didn’t receive royalties due. WCW “engaged in a systematic pattern and practice designed to avoid paying the professional wrestlers millions of dollars in royalties” for merchandising and licensing activities, the complaint said. One of Nash’s attorneys, John L. Taylor Jr. of Atlanta’s Chorey, Taylor & Feil, says he’s preparing suits on behalf of other wrestlers. Nash, according to the suit, began working under contract with WCW in 1996. Like other wrestlers, Nash created routines, themes and a distinctive persona for his character. He was one of the two characters known as “The Outsiders,” one of the three founding members of the “New World Order” or NWO, and the leader of “The Wolf Pac.” WCW, the suit said, agreed to pay Nash a percentage of revenues it received from the use of any intellectual property associated with his character. That percentage, Taylor says, varies from wrestler to wrestler, “depending on how popular the wrestler is.” WCW generates considerable proceeds from video games associated with a wrestler, he adds. The suit accused WCW of refusing to pay royalties, underpaying them, delaying payment for years, and refusing to furnish records that would allow wrestlers to determine what percentages they were owed. “WCW has been able to divert wrongfully to itself and its affiliates millions of dollars in royalties each year that rightfully belong to the professional wrestlers, including Kevin Nash,” the suit said. James A. Lamberth of Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders, who handles litigation for WCW, says he couldn’t comment because he hasn’t seen the suit.

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