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.
How would you describe your two bosses Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter? You can't compare Vince to anybody, if it wasn't for Vince McMahon I wouldn't be here talking to you. He knows how to make money and make stars, I wouldn't be working for Dixie Carter right now if it wasn't for Vince McMahon doing what he did for me. Dixie is a woman and she has that caring aspect about her, sometimes she lets personal [issues] get involved with business because she can't help it. She cares about the wrestlers and their wellbeing and their welfare. Other than that I think Dixie has done a great job, we are talking about a woman that has been involved in the entertainment business but not the wrestling business. It is different when you are involved in music and go over to wrestling, there is so much difference, I think the last 12 years she has had to learn on the job and I think she has done a good job. I can't say anything bad about her, one thing I'll say is that I'm not sure she would have made it without the help of Jeff Jarrett because she did need someone to help transition here and there and Jeff has a great mind for the business. She has learnt a lot during her time at TNA but at the same time she has to make business decisions that she doesn't necessarily like. Lately she has made some very rash business decisions when you are talking about Hulk Hogan and AJ Styles but she has to do what is best for the company, if she thinks that is what is best for the company she has to do it. Would other people agree, no, but she is doing what is best for her company and you can't blame her for that."
- Kurt Angle on comparisions between Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter
"It's tough, even Hulk Hogan was a tough loss to accept. Sting has been the cornerstone of the company, Jarrett founded the company and I think he might be the best heel in the business, and AJ Styles is just the best athlete I've ever been in the ring with. From three different perspectives it is a tough pill to swallow because they are three of the best. When you don't have them in the company you hope to god that the young talent steps up, guys like Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and James Storm seem to be stepping up. Will they replace Sting? You can't replace Sting, will they replace AJ? Probably not, AJ is irreplaceable, but will they become their own characters and do really well, yes they will do phenomenally well and it's not about replacing anymore, it's about making new stars."
- Kurt Angle on TNA losing stars recently
During a recent interview, AJ Styles revealed that he was contacted by lawyers representing TNA, in regards to a nation wide speakig tour that he had initially planned on doing in March. Things are being worked out, and the tour has been moved to a possible July start date.
While a lot of wrestling fans would love to see him making his debut in WWE, AJ Styles has revealed that there has been no contact between he and the company. The former TNA champion also revealed that he did not receive a courtesy call to just gauge his insterest.
There are those that believe that AJ Styles will be one of the first name signed to a contract when Jeff Jarrett starts his new wrestling promotion. The two of them are on very good terms, and Styles has always credited Jarrett with being the person to give him a chance as a main event performer.
"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.
"From a wrestling standpoint, I'd love to have a guy like AJ Styles within the company to wrestle. I think the fans would, too. There was a tease of what could have been, but I don't think anybody saw what me and AJ Styles could do in there. On a personal level, I want AJ Styles to do whatever is best for him and his family, and if that's coming back to TNA that would be awesome. If that's working elsewhere, I completely understand that. If that will happen, I have no idea. I guess we'll find out. We all have to stay tuned and see what happens."
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.
"I don't know the situation with the contracts and all that stuff, but you know for me to see a guy that I've been here since day one with is a dark day for TNA because he did help build TNA. Anytime somebody says TNA they automatically think of AJ Styles and the incredible matches he's had while he's been here. Hopefully him and TNA can come to an agreement and he can come back pretty soon."
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.
AJ Styles might have a little more leverage in his ongoing negotiations with TNA, as Impact Wrestling managed to score a dramatic increase this week. Approximately 25% more people tuned into the episode, which featured Styles's final match, than they did the previous week.
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.
In a rather interesting move, TNA opted not to show the farewell speech from AJ Styles on Impact Wrestling last night. He had initially thanked the fans for their support and wished everyone well. The company still continues to negotiate a new deal with Styles.
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.
While many are under the assumption that the doors have been completely closed, sources within the industry have revealed that AJ Styles is still in negotiation with TNA for a potential return in 2014. The meetings just aren't as frequent as before.
Even though he is no longer with the company and has started working elsewhere, the belief within TNA is that AJ Styles will be returning in March to work a big match against world heavyweight champion Brutus Magnus at the Lockdown pay per view.
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.