WWE Judgment Day will not be remembered for any title changes or great matches. WWE Judgment Day will be remembered for the return of the Nature Boy, Ric Flair. Flair made a very random appearance that looks like will be the start of a full return for the WWE Hall of Famer.
Ex-Evolution partners Randy Orton and Batista battled for the WWE title. Orton intentionally disqualified himself by slapping the referee. The intentional disqualification is right out of the old Ric Flair NWA champion handbook. Orton’s fellow Legacy members Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase Jr. attacked Batista after the bell. A loud “Wooo!” echoed the arena and several minutes later the Legacy were retreating.
Flair looked great in his unexpected appearance last night. It was very random as there wasn’t even a hint of Flair being mentioned on television following WWE WrestleMania. It looks as if this was not just a one-night appearance from the Nature Boy. According to the article on WWE.com, it looks as if Flair will be sticking around in a manager’s role to Batista.
Flair turned down a $35,000 a week gig by the WWE doing public relations last year in favor of hitting the convention and signing circuit. I said last year that while he could make a killing, there is only a short window on that kind of a thing. Once you hit the conventions and signings, it is hard to get fans to keep coming back for $100 a picture. Flair took the gamble and it looks like it paid off by not only returning to the WWE, but getting an on-air role.
Flair surprised a lot of people by turning down a gig to stay in the WWE after WrestleMania. Some have speculated that Flair turned down the offer to work for ROH. Flair reportedly makes $10-20,000 per ROH appearance. It turned out to be fool’s gold as Flair’s appearances have done nothing for the company. Crowds continued to drop to the point where even Flair’s appearance in the old ECW Arena drew a reported 350 people.
My thinking is that Flair was either asked to take a cut in pay by ROH or he saw the writing on the wall. Time Warner is expected to drop HD Net which carries ROH television. Without Time Warner, ROH is losing a huge audience. No other independent in their right mind is going to offer Flair that kind of money. After soaking up the conventions and the independents, Flair opted for the security of the WWE.
I don’t want to see Flair wrestle, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love watching Ric Flair. Flair is one of a handful of people that will keep me glued to RAW or SmackDown. The fans still have a deep love affair with the Nature Boy. I think Ric Flair is a welcome addition to the RAW roster in any capacity. Woooo! Welcome back Ric Flair.
Edge retained the WWE world title by defeating Jeff Hardy
Batista defeated WWE champion Randy Orton by disqualification
John Cena defeated Big Show
Rey Mysterio retained the WWE Intercontinental title by defeating Chris Jericho
Christian retained the ECW title by defeating Jack Swagger
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