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.
If WWE could finally put together a deal that will entice him to sign, Sting could possibly make his debut in the company by being the person to induct the Ultimate Warrior into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. The two were tag team partners at the beginning of their careers.
While he has yet to sign a contract with the company, there are already rumors that Sting could be utilized by WWE as the general manager of Monday Night Raw in the story lines. The belief right now is that it is highly unlikely that he will be working a match at Wrestlemania 30.
"Steve Borden owes it to himself to have a Wrestlemania moment."
- Elijah Burke on Sting being at Wrestlemania 30
While most fans are rooting for Sting to eventually join the company, CM Punk has publicly stated that he does not want the legendary performer to join WWE because he feels that it would take the spotlight away from the younger wrestlers who are there full time. He also feels that Sting is well past his prime.
While wrestling fans view it as one of the highest priorities, WWE does not share the same sentiment when it comes to signing Sting. The company definitely would like to bring him on board, but they do not view this as big of a deal as they did with Batista, Brock Lesnar, Rock and Hulk Hogan.
"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
While the word is that the two sides are still negotiating, Sting is unlikely to work a match at Wrestlemania 30, even if he does come to an agreement with the company. The long rumored match with the Undertaker will not be taking place this year.
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
"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 honestly don't know. Nobody ever had that discussion with me. So to me, it's interesting. I just go out there and do the best I can. But I think that might have certainly played a part in it. And especially, man, that was awesome, seeing it. So, Titus ONeil, he had texted me. He said, 'Dude, if you're in your hotel room, you have to turn on SportsCenter. I think they'll replay it in probably about 15 minutes.' And he didn't tell me what it was, but he just told me that I was mentioned. And then I saw it, and they mentioned me and the whole Michigan State basketball thing doing the thing, and I was like wow. That's really cool. And the guy that actually started it, he's going to be coming to the show tonight with three of the guys from, I think, three of the guys from the football team. I don't know if that's true, or if it's just three of his buddies. But he is from the football team, so he's going to be coming. It'll be pretty neat to meet him."
- Daniel Bryan
There are talks that Sting has been negotiating with WWE. Some reports are even stating that the discussions have gotten far enough to where they're already discussing names and trademarks. The belief is that WWE wants Sting in a high profile match at Wrestlemania 30.
"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.
"Special thanks to the Rock for making my childhood dream come true! U have no idea how many couches and old mattresses I jumped off thinking I was one of y'all! U, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Legion of Doom, Goldberg and The Undertaker I could watch all day plus many more! I feel like a little kid again. Thanks again Champ!"
- NBA superstar LeBron James
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.
There are talks that Sting could possibly be leaving TNA, as the company has set up a farewell scenario next week on the second part of Genesis. His contract had actually expired at the end of December, but the WCW legend opted to stick around for a little while longer.
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.
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.
On screen, Sting lost the right to ever challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship again. However, since tonight's event is a house show, the legendary WCW star will be facing Brutus Magnus for the belt as the headline match in Tennessee.
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.