“I actually felt bad for him,” Flair admitted on the most recent episode of The Ric Flair Show. “I just think, number one, it’s a lot to bite off and he [has] been injured a couple of times, I guess, while training. But you always want to go out there and you hope for the best for everybody because if he wins it makes us look [good], but if you lose like that…” Flair continued, “but the problem I have, as we discussed before, he [has] been so negative and knocked everybody in WWE, but always treated me [well], so I never had a problem with him. But what goes around comes around.”
When asked by co-host Conrad Thompson about Punk’s next move, Flair gave an honest assessment and admitted perhaps Punk should give up on the MMA dream.
“If I was him, I don’t know how you follow that. I didn’t see it, but I heard it lasted, what, 30 seconds? He still has some name recognition because of his success in the WWE, so I’m sure he has options. But, I mean, why would you do that again? It’s kind of like, once you get that, it’s pretty devastating. I’m sure he had a hard time sleeping that night, knowing he put in all that time and that so many people, because of his brand, were looking at him. Does that make sense? So those are decisions he has to make, but whatever he does, I wish him well. Make no mistake, going out there, just to do that, you get a lot of respect from a lot of people. That’s a tough sport, so my hat’s off to him for trying, but if I were him, I’d do something else.”
Punk has yet to announce his next move.
[via Wrestling Inc.]