Well Ric Flair wasn’t lying. Flair had recently told a few media outlets that he would be returning to TNA Wrestling in September. Flair also said that he would be returning to wrestle Kurt Angle or Sting and he will do exactly that on September 12.
TNA Wrestling shot an angle which will likely air on August 19 featuring the return of Ric Flair. Flair returned after several months and took part in a segment inside of the ring with Hulk Hogan. Sting eventually joined the party and teased the planned Hulk Hogan vs. Sting Bound for Glory match. He also got into it with his former rival Ric Flair and the two will meet for the first time in over ten years at No Surrender on September 11.
Update: Sting vs. Ric Flair has been moved from No Surrender to the September 12 TNA Impact taping to air September 15.
[adinserter block=”2″]Some would argue that Sting vs. Ric Flair was the greatest rivalry pre-N.W.O. in WCW history. I will readily admit that I enjoyed their matches. They had great chemistry and rarely had a bad match. Of course I am talking about the prime of their rivalry 20 years ago, as opposed to now. Sting and Ric Flair are a lot older and will combine for 114 years old when they step into the ring next month. If you are expecting Clash of the Champions or Bash 90, well you better dust off your old VHS tapes.
However, I have to admit that I am slightly intrigued by this match. I wasn’t a fan of Sting’s recent match with Kurt Angle at Hardcore Justice but this is different. This is Flair vs. Sting! These are two guys that can work a match with each other in their sleep. Flair will definitely be handicapped by his torn rotator cuff, but the guy is just so crazy that I can see him going out there, throwing caution to the wind, and just doing whatever it takes to bump his way to an entertaining match with the former TNA and WCW world champion.
Is it a good booking move? That is debatable. This whole angle between Sting and Hogan has been a disaster. Ratings are falling, interest is fading, and buyrates for TNA pay per views are reportedly in the 8,000 range. 8,000 buys for a major pro wrestling company on a national cable channel is outrageous! Yet no matter how much I complain and point out the obvious, they are obviously set with this course of action and are proceeding as planned.
[adinserter block=”1″]Ric Flair and Sting’s last match took place on the final WCW Nitro. Neither Flair or Sting were being used regularly at that time and wound up coming in to do the match with very little notice. If you remember the match, Flair actually wrestled the bout in a t-shirt because he wasn’t even in pro wrestling shape. It was a fun match but nothing close to their previous classic matches of WCW past.
Do I complain often about TNA booking too many guys from the past and not moving forward? Yes. Do I complain that TNA needs to elevate younger guys into the top spots and forget about these old rivalries from 10-30 years ago? Yes. Is it time for TNA to shake the foundation and book a new direction of storylines? Yes.
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Am I a huge hypocrite for getting a little excited about this match? Oh hell yes. Bring it on!