Call of Duty: WWE Wrestler Booker T Sues Activision Over Character Likeness

WWE's Booker T is suing Activision and Call of Duty. We're ready to get off the 2019 train.

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Just when you thought you heard the dumbest thing you were going to hear today, we bring you news that professional wrestler Booker T is suing Activision Blizzard over a claim that they stole his likeness for a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Specifically, he claims that the Black Ops 4 character Prophet is strikingly similar to the comic book character G.I. Bro which an early wrestling gimmick of his was based on. 

“When seen side-by-side there can be no question that this character was copied from G.I. Bro,” says Micha Dortch of the law firm representing Booker T in this case. “Booker T. has devoted a significant amount of time and money creating and organically growing his G.I. Bro character. That entrepreneurial investment should not be erased by such a blatant act of copyright infringement by a gaming juggernaut.”

There’s an unfortunate amount of information to break down here. Early in his career, Booker T worked the pro wrestling indy circuit as G.I. Bro: a parody of WWE’s Sgt. Slaughter. Some years later (2015 to be exact) Booker T approved a series of comic books starring the G.I. Bro character. As the official statement on the lawsuit points out, Booker T has since appeared at events to promote the comic dressed as the Booker T character. 

This lawsuit claims that Activision Blizzard stole the design of G.I. Bro and used it as the basis of the design for Black Ops’ 4‘s Prophet character. Some side-by-side shots reveal they look somewhat similar…kind of…we suppose. 

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In any case, Booker T joins such celebrity luminaries as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Lindsay Lohan as just some of the people who have tried to sue a video game publisher/developer over the allegation that they stole their likeness and profited off it. While it’s not clear how much Booker T is suing Activision Blizzard for, the statement mentions that they believe Black Ops 4‘s total revenue has exceeded $1 billion. 

We’d love to see the spinaroonie that Booker T would do if this questionable lawsuit goes in his favor. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014