Wooooo!!!! Impact Wrestling is said to be done with Ric Flair with the general feeling throughout the company, “he’s more trouble than he’s worth.” With TNA Entertainment harboring legends like Hulk Hogan and Sting, you would think that they would have been more understanding of the insane rock star lifestyle of the Nature Boy? He didn’t get the moniker of “The Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flying, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” by going to bed on time and making it to all of his appearances, right?
Many wrestling historians consider Ric Flair as the greatest professional wrestler of all time. Though Bret Hart is soundly not one of his supporters, Flair’s legacy as a 16-World champion (21 if you count the 5 United States championships once recognized as a major singles title), first-ever 2-time inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame, first-ever WCW World champion, second man to win both NWA and WWE World championships (after Buddy Rogers), and third man to win both WCW and WWE Triple Crown (after Bret and Chris Benoit), it’s easy to say that Flair is the greatest of all time. Heck, Flair walked around the IMPACT Zone calling himself God!
Though I am not a firm believer of sacrilege, the man has had iconic matches with Shawn Michaels, Harley Race, Sting, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, the list goes on… But that’s not all that Ric Flair is. Bret Hart, in his autobiography Hitman, stated that Ric Flair was, what his father called, a routine man, because he did the same match every night no matter who he worked with. Sure, maybe Flair wasn’t innovative when it came to the technical prowess of the sport, but by far he is one of the most entertaining individuals in pro sports (that’s right). Hence why he can go around flaunting his thousand dollar suits, his million dollar feathered-bedazzled robes, and the tens of dollars in hair products, because there is only one Nature Boy (who is still alive).
Too bad TNA Entertainment didn’t know how to properly utilize Ric Flair, and he knew that. Sure, things looked promising when Flair started managing TNA Heavyweight champion AJ Styles upon his arrival in 2010. And yes, assembling Styles, Kazarian, and Beer Money to form Four Horseman 2.0 was great for the careers of those young men. All of that promise to then manage a mid-card talent in Gunner, and playing GutCheck analyst wasn’t quite what Ric Flair had in mind. That and the fact that TNA Entertainment wouldn’t shell out more cash to pay off his outstanding debt is why he is currently attempting to terminate his contract.
Oh, and also because WWE wants him back. So when former Evolution cohort Triple H made mention that WWE would be inducting The Four Horseman into the WWE Hall of Fame (making Flair a two-time WWE Hall of Famer) despite Flair’s obligations with TNA Entertainment, which put them in a no-win situation, yeah… WWE definitely made an offer to the Dirtiest Player in the Game. Daddy Warbucks called back, and Flair is all set to come back. And why not, get a nice lucrative Legends contract with nice paychecks depositing into his bank account. Flair is no fool.
If and when Ric Flair makes his umpteenth return to WWE, chances are he will be utilized as a manager (that’s if he’s also offered a talent contract). Perhaps we will get to see Evolution 2.0? Let’s just say that Nexus wouldn’t have failed so badly if Flair had been at the helm. The dirters are already stating from liable sources that he’ll be coming into manage Dolph Ziggler.
From one manager to another manager, Ziggler is at a point in his career where he doesn’t need a manager. The man is athletic, a talented skilled wrestler, and has bleached blonde hair. Wait… who better to be the true protegé of The Nature Boy than the Show Off Dolph Ziggler?
Whatever Ric Flair decides to do, his legacy will include “The Greatest Professional Wrestler of All-Time,” The greatest entertainer of all-time, and perhaps… the most unpaid lawsuits of all time. WOOOOO!!!
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