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Ric Flair WWE deal could mean bad deal for wrestling fans

According to wrestlezone.com, a deal may be in the works for Ric Flair to return to the WWE in “public relations” capacity. The story, which was nothing more than a couple of paragraphs, was reported on the website by Nick Paglino Sunday.

Flair made the news recently when it was reported that he had failed to pay alimony to his fourth wife, a Foxnews.com story reported.

The online story originally written by the Associated Press stated, “The Charlotte Observer reports that Flair, whose real name is Richard Morgan Fliehr, was ordered to pay $4,000 a month to Jacqueline Beems, who filed for a legal separation last summer. Court documents say Flair didn’t pay $32,352.51 following two court orders.

Documents say the arrest order was issued on July 3, but Flair can avoid jail if he pays what he owes.”

Flair has had issues with debts for decades, as written in his book, “To Be The Man.”

Could the new position Flair is reportedly being offered have to do with money needed not only to pay what he owes, but for survival?

To be honest, I am not sure I really care one way or the other. What I do care about, which I have expressed before on this site and others, is how I do not wish to see Flair on screen anymore, mainly because it tarnishes the man whom I have met and the man who had been one of my idols growing up.

And the fact Flair has been in altercations with ex wives, had huge drinking tabs that were unpaid and lived life with the “hair of the dog that bit him” during his days in TNA that were documented, makes me sad to think that the company he left WCW for and the one he left TNA for is still willing to have him as part of their corporation.

It also shows how the WWE is still willing to help those who have helped them over the years.

But for once, I am fed up with Ric Flair. The demons continue to haunt him, leaving him an old and bitter man.

Ironically, Flair showed he was human in “To Be The Man,” talking about demons that haunted him throughout his career and even after it. He recently lost his youngest son, Reid, an independent wrestler, to a drug overdose.

One of Flair’s famous quotes about living on the edge and then discovering that he was not the man he thought he was happens to center around those demons and self doubts.

“When somebody has convinced you that you`re not worth anything to anybody anymore, and they spend a lot of time doing it, you start believing it yourself.”

Maybe that is one of the reasons to still be in the business like others who cannot totally walk away from it. Wrestlers like Jake Roberts, Terry Funk, Roddy Piper and Larry Zbyszko as well as Flair, who were known to get in the ring well past their prime because of need, want or the fact they cannot live without being part of the persona that made them famous.

This is the not the Flair I want to see, remember or think of. I want to remember Flair and Ricky Steamboat, Flair and Harley Race, Flair and Jack Brisco. I want to remember long, white hair and women in stunning dresses. And I want to remember the voice of Gordon Solie talking about the man with the “silver spoon” in his mouth and the 16-time World Champion.

Promotional work for a former wrestler is great. It shows the business still thinks enough of them that they can add something to the company. In Flair’s case, it may be nothing more than pity. And if that is the case, then the business should cut all ties to him.

All it is doing is soiling his good name and soiling my fond memories of one of my idols. I want to remember the performer from 25 years ago, not the man I see on screen, the man I don’t recognize.

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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