WWE liked to own all the copyrights they can. At this point they have an entire list of names that they will never use. The important part is that nobody else can use them.
Harlem Heat’s name was recently locked down with a copyright from WWE. Stevie Ray spoke to Wrestling Epicenter where he addressed this. He’s “torn” about the entire situation. They do have a contract with WWE, but to own the name is a different thing.
“I’m kind of torn about that. We have contracts for our likeness and all that. But to own the name… You know, really and truly, we never owned the name. We owned our names, Booker T and Stevie Ray. But we never owned the Harlem Heat name. That was a name given to us by WCW.”
WWE could have big plans for Harlem Heat’s name that might see Stevie Ray getting some nice royalty checks in the mail. Stevie Ray and Booker T might own their own names, but they never retained ownership of their team name. Now it’s under WWE’s umbrella so we’ll just have to see what they do with it.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote