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Former WWF Champion Says WWE & AEW Wouldn’t Be Able To Afford Him If He Was 35 Years Old Right Now

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• Former WWF Champion Says WWE & AEW Wouldn’t Be Able To Afford Him If He Was 35 Years Old Right Now

During a recent interview with the ‘Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling’, former WWF Champion Ric Flair claimed that neither WWE nor AEW could afford to sign him to a contract if he was 35 years old right now.

Here’s what The Nature Boy had to say:

“If I was 35 years old right now, they wouldn’t be able to afford me, and boy they need help with the ratings right now, both of them [laughs].

Those written interviews, you can tell a mile away whether the kids feel it or not, it’s a lot of pressure to read something that you don’t actually feel in your heart. That’s a big difference. If they are thinking about what they are handed to memorize, they put no emotion into it.

That’s just talking generically. It doesn’t sell tickets. When The Rock comes back to wrestle Roman (Reigns), that will sell tickets. When Steve Austin came back, that sold tickets.

It’s a different timeframe. The talent is great, make no mistake, there are some great wrestlers. (Randy) Orton, my daughter (Charlotte Flair), Sasha Banks, AJ Styles. There’s a list of a great top 10 between the two companies, but the events sell themselves now, as much as the wrestlers do.

I don’t think they turn them loose enough. They want to make sure they get the right advertisers, everyone has to be happy. It’s a whole different world. I still love it, I just feel that the guys who are really great like Randy and my daughter, they are held back because they only want people to go that far.

They don’t want anybody to become The Rock, that’s going to walk off or become Steve, who can say, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ Back in the day with Hulk (Hogan), he’d say, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ he had that kind of power. I don’t know if that’s healthy, but Vince won’t let that happen again. He won’t let anyone get in a position where they can say, ‘Hey, see ya.’ I understand that, it’s business.”

Flair will come out of retirement and return to the ring one last time for his final pro-wrestling match on July 31st as part of the Starrcast wrestling convention.

According to Ric himself, he was cleared to wrestle by several doctors, despite having a pacemaker in his heart.

Also Read: Ric Flair Claims WWE Is Holding Back Randy Orton & Charlotte Flair

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (June 19, 1993) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling

On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Metro Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1993’ PPV.

Here’s the match-card:

1. The Smoking Gunns vs. Reno Riggins & Scott Taylor

2. Virgil vs. Bastion Booger (Booger’s TV debut)

3. Tatanka vs. Mike Davis

4. Lex Luger vs. Phil Apollo

5. Crush vs. Joey Tempest

6. Adam Bomb vs. Jerry Seavey

        
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