Travis Scott wasn’t the first entertainer to adopt the Cactus Jack moniker. Decades before the Houston rapper hit the scene, professional wrestler Mick Foley had taken on a handful of aliases known as the “Three Faces of Foley.” There was Dude Love, Mankind, and—perhaps his most popular alter ego—Cactus Jack.
Though the wrestler officially retired from the WWE in 2012, the company is reportedly opposing Scott’s attempt to trademark the name strictly for music production purposes. The rapper launched his own label in 2017 called Cactus Jack Records, and has featured the name on a number of merch designs. PWInsider reports the WWE no longer has an active Cactus Jack trademark, as they abandoned it in 2010—about two years before Foley retired. But because the company had rights over the name for such a long period of time, they have a much better shot at blocking Scott’s trademark registration.
Stay tuned to see how this all plays out.
For what it's worth, the name Cactus Jack was used well before Foley’s wrestling debut, as well. It was the name of Kirk Douglas’ character in the 1979 film The Villain and was also the nickname of U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner. According to Wrestling News, Foley used the alias as a tribute to his father, Jack, which is interesting because Scott also took on the name for the same reason. In a December 2017 story about DJ Premier, Genius reported that Scott’s father, also named Jack, was the inspiration behind the name. It seems the two have a lot more in common than we originally thought.