In the most recent episode of the Woooo! Nation podcast, Ric Flair had his final WWE opponent, Shawn Michaels, on as a guest, and Flair opened up to HBK about some regrets he’s had since their emotional match at WrestleMania XXIV, which saw Flair wrestle his last match in WWE. That last qualifier is important, because in the years after retiring, Flair went to work for North American promotion TNA, and wrestled several matches, to the general embarrassment of wrestling fans everywhere who knew there was a very good reason why WWE had pushed Flair to stop wrestling. At any rate, here’s Flair’s thoughts on his time in TNA:
There [are] a couple of things I regret. Number one was ever going to work for TNA. That’s my own fault. It was just a lot of money to wrestle 65 days a year, right? 65 days and make a lot of money. Do you know what I mean? Not WWE money, but pretty good money to do nothing. And I made a lot of friends. I like Kurt Angle very much and I like [James] Storm and [Bobby] Roode. I liked AJ [Styles]. Everybody treated me great. I mean, I don’t have any bad things to say about TNA or the people there at all. After being in the WWE, it’s pretty hard to work any place else because you’re always comparing them no matter how hard you try not to.”
Put that way, it’s hard to blame Flair for taking the easy paycheck, even though reports are during that time that Flair turned down offers from WWE for various roles that probably would have given him a comfortable amount of money and not required him to step back into the ring. In the end, it’s a part of Flair’s career that will likely be forgotten by the majority of wrestling fans anyway.
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