Either Ric Flair is completely delusional, politicking for the main-event, takes enjoyment in leaking TNA Wrestling storylines, or all of the above. Flair revealed his upcoming TNA booking plans to a reporter this week and according to the Nature Boy, he is going for the gold!
In the midst of launching his online store, Flair stopped in Albany, GA at a Walmart to greet his fans. The former WWE and NWA world champion signed autographs and talked to the media during his signing. While it may have only been brief, he gave one reporter an interview which contained a pretty big scoop for pro wrestling fans.
The reporter asked Flair about his plans to return to the ring. Flair was fairly direct with his answer.
[adinserter block=”2″]”I don’t know for sure, but it will be either Sting or Kurt Angle,” Flair said about the prospective opponent in his comeback match. “It just depends on whoever wins between them on Aug. 6. You got the scoop right there, brother.”
Woo! So there you have it TNA Wrestling fans. Your next big storyline will feature 62-year old Ric Flair challenging for the TNA championship. I am a big Ric Flair fan (well a Flair fan of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s Nature Boy), but is there any real demand in seeing Flair challenge for the TNA championship in 2011?
I am going to be careful here before I criticize TNA for continuing to ignore the great, young talent they have in favor of these older legends past their primes. For all we know Ric Flair is either a)making this up or b)trying to pressure TNA into the storyline. Flair did make a similar statement at a recent TNA Wrestling house show so either there is a real agenda here or he is having some fun exposing storylines at TNA’s expense.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that we will never see this storyline. If I was going to make a prediction based on Flair telling the truth or him working the media for an agenda, I will go with the latter every time. I just can’t imagine with all of the recent troubles between TNA and Flair that they would reward him by bringing him back in a TNA championship feud. It could certainly happen, but the timing just seems way off for it.
If they were going to do anything like this with Flair it would have been (or should have been) early in Flair’s TNA run. Flair has been a tremendous personality in TNA, but his in-ring work has been extremely limited. I may be way off on this because I don’t watch TNA every week, but I can’t recall ever seeing a Ric Flair singles match on either pay per view or Impact that wasn’t gimmicked with a Street Fight stipulation or something. So making the leap from gimmick TNA wrestler to headline wrestler just seems kind of strange to me.
According to Flair, he would either be wrestling Sting or Kurt Angle. I can’t find a citation but I remember hearing a story that Angle was afraid of hurting Flair when he wrestled him on RAW a few years back. Sting vs. Flair has the potential to be embarrassing. Maybe not, but I have very little confidence that Sting and Flair at a combined age of 124 years old could pull off anything resembling a pay per view main-event in 2011.
[adinserter block=”1″]I also think it is fair to point out the fact that TNA Wrestling really need to step up their game in response to the recent turnaround in the WWE. The WWE has really set the bar high with its recent CM Punk vs. John Cena main-event and continued storyline following Punk’s title win. Call me crazy but offering fans an “alternative” of Flair vs. Sting is just not going to cut it right now.
Nothing ever surprises me in TNA Wrestling, but it would appear that with Hulk Hogan possibly planning a big comeback match at Bound for Glory that putting another legend in such a high profile match would dilute the Hulkster’s angle. With Hogan and Bischoff in charge, I just don’t see this happening.
But hey, for a mere $750 you could ask the Nature Boy about this yourself on a video chat via his new online store.
Thanks to WrestleChat.net for the tip!
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