Within the past week, news about departures, firings, or exits from WWE has been busy with rumored factories. The latest release was a legendary name in the history of professional wrestling, as Ric Flair requested and allowed the release from the organization. Flair, a 16-time champion and two-time Hall of Fame, has become a pop culture figure in recent years. His classic interviews are a hit again through social media, and it’s not uncommon for sports and music stars to emulate him. It’s a combination of irony and disappointment that can be argued that flares are now more known to the general public than they were at the height of their wrestling career.
Of course, online speculation began quickly, with flares saying they didn’t approve their daughter Charlotte’s reservations, or simply wanted to pursue an opportunity other than WWE, more specifically All Elite Wrestling.
Flare reportedly denied rumors of a clash over Charlotte’s bookings in an interview with People magazine, but it’s doubtful that those rumors would benefit. Charlotte, who entered the heyday of her career within the last few years, is doing incredibly well at WWE. She is usually pushed as a featured woman on WWE TV, and it’s clear that she has plans to exceed the number of her father’s championships, based on her current angle with Nikki Cross. Nikki is the current female champion, but it’s clear that Charlotte and Rhea Ripley have been featured as story stars. In fact, she played against almost every competitor, so it’s possible that management could claim to have overused Charlotte within the women’s sector.
Ric Flair has said a lot of weird things in many years of interviews, such as being in Puerto Rico the night Bruiser Brody was killed when he wasn’t actually on the island, but he said about Charlotte’s situation. I think you can hear, especially since she has already been introduced, what kind of complaints can he make about it when booking?
Another reason Flare is suspicious of competing with McMahon is that they seem to be very close friends, so he probably wants to rock the boat with the chairman, especially when Charlotte is already in the spotlight. Because there isn’t. Assuming this is correct, “The Nature Boy”, McMahon repeatedly helped him out of financial difficulties and lent money in 1992 to pay the IRS, and then 800,000 in 2005 in one of Flair’s divorces. There is a Youtube video that says he lent the dollar. More importantly, Flair said McMahon regularly checked him over the phone when he was hospitalized for more than a month with a life-threatening illness in 2017. Vince McMahon is arguably ruthless to maintain market share, so it’s easy to cast an icy businessman, but it’s clear that it’s not as cold as some critics claim.
That led us to the next point, probably the actual reason for the requested release. Flair said he wanted to expand his brand with business opportunities that were different from those within WWE and that he would get his own wine and comic line. WWE had already produced a wine line for the Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior, and theoretically a comic book. If Flare wanted it in particular, it could have been handled under the umbrella of WWE.
If I had to guess, I think this would all come down to cash, and it’s not even from a malicious location.
Flair reportedly had a good relationship with WWE when he officially re-signed the company in 2019 and signed a new contract in 2020. He was dropped after being used on the infamous Lacey Evans Angle, but most contracts give him a stable income and the kind of “retainer” he can perform when he schedules Raw. .. Sadly, it’s well documented that Rick had some financial problems, especially after his first retirement in 2008. Try to make more money faster on the convention circuit. There’s no reason to rehash all the details here, as we know the whole blunder since 2008, but Flair later admitted that his unlucky TNA stint was just for money. He was sued by Highspots for receiving a loan from Highspots and offering the original NWA belt as collateral from his heyday, but he didn’t actually own the belt. As reported at the time, Flair had to sign a certain amount of merchandise to resolve the proceedings. He was also sued by the Ring of Honor for a contract breach because he was unable to appear in the show after being paid $ 40,000 in advance, and that particular when Sinclair Broadcast acquired the company in 2011. The proceedings have been withdrawn. In many ways, WWE has protected flare. When he was contracting with the company because it kept him away from these potential pitfalls. An ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about him a few years ago revealed some of the hardships of his life, but thankfully he seems to have found some peace today.
That said, Flair has a proven track record of always being able to spend large sums of money. To say how his personal decisions and mismanagement of money are completely different issues. Needless to say, Flair was one of the most hard-working performers in the history of the industry, and based on the money he earned in Prime, he should have been financially stable. At the age of 72, Flair was still able to spend cash, and the truth is that if he can get more money from All Elite Wrestling, he should take it. Whether AEW can practically use him in a way that justifies a large deal is another story, but Vince probably encourages taking a big payday if flares are better for him. Probably. This doesn’t mean a jab against Rick, but given his age, where else is he going to get the best dollars? Tony Khan has the money to pay more for Flair, which will get some publicity for the company.
So what is a fair WWE for flare? (Sorry, the title of this article has a terrible saying of the great Bobby Heenan, so I had to use it)
Absolutely, WWE has given him a stable income in recent years, and probably kept him under contract just for the emergence of opportunities. Thankfully, Flair seems to be in a better place in life than it was at the last release in 2008, and his potential AEW signature is a way to make the most money at this point in his career. Not too much.
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