Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ric Flair On The Best Wrestlers Today, Why He Left WCW For WWE In 1991, Still Being Able To Wrestle

Ric Flair spoke with Gamespot on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Why he left WCW for WWE in 1991:
"I left WCW because I couldn't get along with a guy named Jim Herd. Ted [Turner] liked wrestling, thank god, but he put his best friends in charge. You had somebody who didn't know anything about wrestling running a wrestling company! And that's just not the way it works, you know? The guy came in and said he wanted to cut my hair and give me an earring and then call me Spartacus. The guy sitting next to me, Kevin Sullivan, said, 'Well, why don't we just kill Mickey Mantle and change his number, too!?' It was that drastic. I was outta there. And one week later, Vince [McMahon] made me the champion. So that's one of my greatest promos. 'With a tear in my eye, y'all can kiss my ass!'"
The best wrestlers today:
"It's one of four people: Randy Orton, A.J. Styles, my daughter [Charlotte], and Seth Rollins. I didn't even have to think twice about that. Orton is just one of the most gifted guys I've ever seen. Orton brings the whole package. He's 6'4", phenomenal body, he's a good talker and a phenomenal in-ring performer. Seth Rollins is the same, just a little bit smaller. A.J. is close to being Sean Michaels in terms of work ethic. He's really good and his interviews have gotten better. And then, my daughter...I'm not pushing her. She doesn't need me to push her. You've seen her, she's real good. The other girls just have a hard time keeping up with her."
His injuries and still being able to wrestle today:
"It's amazing. I've got a genetic gift, I think. In the length of my career, I cracked C5 and 6 in my neck, but the technology wasn't such back then. That was like '89, so there was no surgery for it. But I was lucky enough it healed itself. What people will never understand is I had to wrestle every night...There was no going home on vacation. And then, I broke myself in an airplane crash, in three places, in 1975. That laid me up for a while, about six or seven months. I was lucky enough to come back from that. And then, I've had two rotator cuffs. You know, I've had my knees drained and that, but otherwise I feel great. It's funny. I could wrestle right now. They won't let me, but I'm ready for any kind of action."
You can read the full interview by clicking here.



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