Flair spoke to his old friend Mike Mooneyham for a fantastic story in the Post & Courier. Among many interesting quotes, Flair breaks some news that seems to be making headlines all over the wrestling world today. Ric Flair will indeed wrestle again. Flair will be going to Japan in September. Flair was asked about his conditioning.
“(Heck) yeah! I’m excited. I’ve got so much energy, it’s ridiculous.”
This is a bit of a surprise. Flair is reportedly working towards returning to the WWE full-time. One of the big sticking points by WWE from my understanding over the years is that they don’t want Flair in the ring. At the same time I can’t imagine Flair putting a full-time job on the line for one pay day.
It has become conflicting to be a Ric Flair fan. I love the guy I watched for three decades and think he is one of the best that ever lived. However, he has worked hard to ridicule his cherished legacy in recent years and this return to the ring will only contribute to that mockery. I am sorry but at 65-years old it is time for Flair to sit back and relax. That said I think it is fair to presume that the money to be made is too good for the Nature Boy to turn down.
Back to Flair coming back to the WWE. One of the recent rumors is that Flair will be coming back to manage someone. Flair has reportedly been pushing hard to manage Dolph Ziggler. I love that idea and hope it comes to fruition. Flair talked briefly about Ziggler to Mooneyham and revealed he is a big fan.
“I think he’s awesome. He’d be a great guy to manage. He looks like a million bucks. He just can’t find his gimmick. He needs to work on his entrance. I could help him with that.”
He is right about that. What is Dolph Ziggler’s gimmick? Not that you necessarily need a gimmick in 2014 to be successful, but Ziggler is desperately missing that wrestling character. The talent is certainly there and with the right gimmick, he could be a headliner. I think a combination of Flair and Ziggler on WWE television would be tremendous.
Flair also made a bold prediction about his daughter who wrestles as Charlotte in WWE NXT.
Talk about pressure! I don’t think she is catching her father but if her match at NXT Takeover is any indication, she is going to be damned good. There is nothing wrong with a father boasting about his child, but statements like that put an enormous amount of pressure on her.
It’s a great article with comments from Shawn Michaels and Triple H among others about Flair. I’d highly recommend giving it a read.