Now that he is back on good terms with the company after the incident at Summerslam 2013 that cost Jim Ross his job, Ric Flair is being heavily rumored to join the stacked episode of Monday Night Raw on February 24, the same night that WWE Network launches. He will be needed to help promote WCW and NWA content on the network.
Another name that could be joining Jeff Jarrett and his rumored new wrestling promotion is Joey Ryan. While his stint in TNA didn't result in a major push for the longtime independent wrestling star, he did manage to impress quite a few people in the industry.
"Everyone wanted that spot and I was the lucky one that got chosen. It's an absolute honor. Growing up watching Ric Flair with the way he dressed, the way he walks, the way he talks, I kind of embodied that character. It's been working out really well because I've been winning with it. So thank you Ric Flair, I'm finally winning."
- The Miz
"I don't think you have to be a Mensa member to figure out that it had an influence on decisions that were made. I was working with the developmental kids in NXT and enjoying that, and got called in for that job. It was a very unique night, to say the least. Ric Flair was coming off maybe the most traumatic time of his life. Reid Flair had recently died of a drug overdose. In hindsight, it might not have been the most timely booking, to get him in that environment. And then you can look at the other side and say maybe it's a good thing to get him out around friends. As it worked out, you'd probably lean more to the former than the latter. But here's the deal. I was conductor of a runaway train. I was supposed to keep it on the tracks and that didn't happen. So I don't have any issues taking responsibility. Did I envision that it would help facilitate my exit? No. But I could see the thinking behind it."
- Jim Ross
Apparently, Triple H has played a big part in helping out Ric Flair over the last year. When the family confronted Flair about his issues, it was HHH who was on the phone during the family intervention. He informed the former NWA champion that WWE would cut him off if he did not get things together.
There will be a winners panel at the Royal Rumble 2014 pay per view, and the three former WWE stars working that segment will be Ric Flair, Jim Duggan, and Shawn Michaels. The trio will help kickstart the event.
While the backstage heat on Ric Flair has subsided tremendously, Ashley Flair remains in developmental and should be there for a little while longer, as WWE is now focused on elevating Paige and Emma to the main roster.
UFC gave Ric Flair the star treatment when the former WWE and WCW champion attended one of their live events this past week. Security made sure to keep fans away from Flair, who sat with former NFL running back Herschel Walker and some other friends.
"There are so many Divas who have come and gone who have left their mark in WWE: Ivory, Jazz, Lita, etc. … Ric Flair says, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man," so if I had to choose one, it'd be the Diva who most people would consider the greatest Diva of all time, Trish Stratus. The only reason I'd choose her is because I know in my heart that I can put her down."
Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of himself with Ric Flair at a UFC event in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ric Flair was not in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game last weekend. However, that doesn't mean that the former WWE champion is avoiding all sports event. Flair was spotted in the audience at the UFC event in Atlanta tonight.
"Another thing Bill DeMott said at the WWE camp is that WWE retrained Daniel Bryan or he wouldn't be as good as he is today."
"At the WWE camp, Bill DeMott said nobody on the indies is as good as NXT guys. I'd LOVE to debate Bill DeMott on what he thinks "good wrestling" is."
Jim Ross is now writing articles for Fox Sports, and the former WWE commentator has published his first story for the sports website. He discusses the controversial situation involving his good friend Ric Flair, the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers.
Since he gave a motivational speech to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend, fans of the Carolina Panthers have grown bitter towards Ric Flair, as they feel that he should be supporting his hometown team. Death threats were issued to the former WWE star.
Reports spread yesterday about a new arrest warrant being issued for Ric Flair and noted that it might be a reason why he is not attending the Carolina Panthers game. However, it turns out that it is the same warrant that was issued last summer.
With so many fans upset with him for being involved with the San Francisco 49ers during the playoffs game last week, Ric Flair has officially announced that he will not be in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game this upcoming weekend.
Since he gave a pep talk to the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend before their big playoffs game against the Green Bay Packers, Ric Flair is receiving some heat from the Carolina Panthers players, who were initially hoping that he would support them.
Vince McMahon wanted a big feel atmosphere when he makes his announcement in Las Vegas this week. He's already recruited Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and John Cena, but the WWE CEO is now also bringing the legendary Ric Flair with him to the event.
There are those that believe that WWE was quietly involved in setting up the appearance where Ric Flair gave a pep talk to the San Francisco 49ers before their playoffs game against the Green Bay Packers. San Francisco is hosting an upcoming Wrestlemania.
Ric Flair, who was coveted by the Carolina Panthers and their star quarterback Cam Newton, flew into Wisconsin this week to give a motivational speech to the San Francisco 49ers, who are in town for an NFL wildcard playoffs game against the Green Bay Packers.
Cam Newton is a big fan of Ric Flair, and he revealed that the Carolina Panthers have been utilizing the "Wooo!" yell to motivate themselves before the games. The star quarterback told ESPN that he and his teammates want Flair at their playoff games.
It appears that the backstage heat that Ric Flair had in WWE has subsided tremendously, as management is bringing the former NWA and WCW champion back for the special Old School episode of Monday Night Raw next week.
"Right. I think he, and I'm not inside his head, but for whatever reason I hear from a lot of guys that he has a little chip on his shoulder about certain guys. I think, it's one of those things where he always wanted guys to be on their defenses around him and I never really was because I was really comfortable there, especially when I got WWE agents that were putting me over to him, members of creative and stuff like that. So I was always comfortable because I knew I had all these people that were putting me over to him, so I think he kind of didn't like that. I don't know him personally. I haven't talked to him more than this interview backstage kind of thing, but I always got the feeling that he was upset about how un-nervous or how comfortable I was there and not like a yes sir, no sir kind of thing. It's his prerogative or whatever. He was in charge. So, for whatever reason it was, he just never, he always kind of had a chip on his shoulder towards me."
"That was through David Lagana, who is a writer at TNA, because I worked with him in Ring of Honor and in Championship Wrestling From Hollywood here in LA. And then he got hired on to be a writer on the Ring Ka King project, which is like TNA's sister project in India, and they were looking for guys. He actually had an idea that he used a couple times in Championship Wrestling From Hollywood where teamed me and Nunzio up as kind of like a Hollywood and Broadway kind of thing, different coast kind of thing, the same kind of swarmy characters, so he brought that to the India show and I was able to wrestle in front of a lot of guys in the offices of TNA that had never seen me wrestle before and then when they were doing the Gut Check stuff at TNA they were looking at guys on the independents to bring in and do it. They already had footage of me that they owned from Ring Ka King and I think Al Snow got to watch it and Bruce Prichard got to watch it and they decided that they would use me on Gut Check."
There are rumors that Ric Flair would be wrestling at a show in London next March, but it has now been confirmed that the former WWE star is simply just making an appearance.
When he first started out as an independent wrestler in southern California, Joey Ryan went by the name of Joey Shadow and he utilized a gothic gimmick.
Ric Flair reportedly left an appearance early after getting into a dispute with the promoter. A fan apparently paid money to hang out with the former WWE champion for three hours but only got forty five minutes.
Joey Ryan playfully made fun of himself on Twitter for enjoying girly drinks.
Kevin Nash stated on Twitter that performers should not attempt to perform the chop made famous by Ric Flair.