It is not uncommon for wrestlers to have signature catchphrases that they use to build their character and connect with the audience. Sometimes the catchphrases immortalize the character, at other times it becomes a signature statement for the real-life persona of the individual behind the wrestling gimmick. Drawing inspiration from a particular catchphrase is one thing, however, stealing the same is a completely different story.
Former SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella has a signature catchphrase of her own. The tagline, “Mella Is Money” has become a quintessential part of Carmella’s on-screen WWE character.
NXT Superstar Carmelo Hayes has gained notoriety for straight-up stealing Carmella’s catchphrase and fine-tuning it along the lines of his character. Hayes’ tagline “Melo Is Money” has become quite popular among fans. He also doesn’t miss.
Carmella recently requested the WWE Universe to remind Hayes and his ally Trick William to stop using the “Melo Is Money” catchphrase modeled after her very own “Mella Is Money” slogan.
“Can someone please tell @Carmelo_WWE and @_trickwilliams to stop using my catchphrase? #vengeanceday”
Carmelo Hayes took notice of Carmella’s tweet and didn’t hesitate to respond. A pretentious Hayes seemed to brush off the matter with ease.
“Which one? Tbh I have a lot”
Carmelo Hayes emerged victorious against Apollo Crews in the two-out-of-three falls match at WWE NXT Vengeance Day. It remains to be seen if WWE picks up on the tweet and carves a storyline out of it on the Road To WrestleMania.
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