• “I could be dead tomorrow. The last thing I want is for them to make a package on me ever” – Ric Flair Says He’ll Never Return To WWE
During the second episode of his new weekly ‘Ric Flair Wooooo Nation Uncensored’ podcast, Old School NWA/WWF/WCW Legend Ric Flair teased joining All Elite Wrestling and claimed that he will never return to WWE.
Here’s what The Nature Boy had to say:
“Yes, I would go to work for Tony Khan but I will never go back to WWE.
There were no discussions at all. I told Vince McMahon and my word is pretty much my bond: unless they do something really stupid to me, that I would never ever go to work for the competition. And now they’ve done some really stupid stuff so that door has opened.
But I’ve certainly not talked to Tony [Khan], I haven’t heard a word from him. I watch all the shows, appreciate the athletes and the people that are involved in it but I’m not actively in discussions with anybody.
If you take me off of the opening of the show and take the ‘WOOO!,’ which I own, thank God. They’ll never get it back, replace me with The Ultimate Warrior, a guy that sued the company, held them up for money. I guess the next thing they’re gonna do with me, is make a DVD saying and have so many people saying how bad I was like they did with The Warrior and then they brought him back and put him in the Hall of Fame.
That ain’t gonna work for me. One and done. I text Vince, ‘No worries. But you know, you’re not going to do it, you’re not going to bring me back.’ Not that they want me by any means. But I couldn’t ever work for Nick Khan in my entire life.
Vince McMahon, I could work for, but Nick Khan, who’s the guy that orchestrated taking me off the show. I’ve got my facts together, orchestrated taking the ‘WOOO!’ off, never in a million years. Well, the big difference between Tony Khan and — Tony respects me. As does Vince. Nick Khan has none. I talk to Vince now. I got no problems with Vince. He just knows I won’t come back.
Absolutely never [will he go back to work for WWE.] I’m 72, I could be dead tomorrow. The last thing I want is for them to make a package on me ever. I’ll leave all of that to Tony Khan.”
Ric Flair wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1991 until early 1993 and then again from late 2001 till 2008.
In 2009 and between 2012 and 2021, Ric worked for the WWE in non-wrestling roles, but asked for his release from his WWE contract in August 2021.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (November 24, 2001) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal
On this day in 2001, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).
It featured pre-taped mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF Vengeance 2001’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
– Perry Saturn vs. Funaki
– Tajiri vs. Crash Holly
– Christian vs. Spike Dudley