Eric Bischoff says that he would be “surprised” if Ric Flair didn’t find his way to AEW.
Ric Flair left WWE in early August after asking for his release. The Hall of Famer later said that the move was simply a business decision with he and WWE having “different visions” about his future. Since leaving the company, Flair has repeatedly insisted that no bad blood exists between the two sides.
After leaving WWE, Flair made a shock appearance at the side of his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo at AAA Triplemania, before giving an emotional speech at NWA 73. While rumours have also persisted about the 16-time World Champion heading to AEW. These rumours intensified after Andrade turned on his manager, Chavo Guerrero on the latest episode of AEW Rampage.
Speaking on a recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, available via Ad Free Shows, Eric Bischoff said that if the opportunity was there he’d be surprised if Flair didn’t join the company. Although he couldn’t confirm whether a deal was on the table or not.
“I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not,” Bischoff mentioned. “I did spend quite a bit of time with Ric both Friday night and Saturday night, and we talked a lot about AEW. I didn’t ask Ric specifically if he was going to go. I figured if Ric wanted to share that information, he’d volunteer it. I didn’t want to ask. I know Ric. I’ve known Ric a long time, 25-30 years, and Ric loves the business today as much as he did 20 years ago. I think if there’s an opportunity there, I would be surprised if Ric didn’t jump on board. I’d be equally as surprised if Tony Khan and the folks over at AEW didn’t find a reason to not extend an offer to him. Ric is a very valuable asset.”
“I said this to Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and they both agreed with me. From where we sit, which is on the outside for the most part, but all of us pay pretty close attention and have a decent feel for things. We all agreed without hesitation that, in many respects, Ric Flair is as over today as he’s ever been. I’d go as far as to say Ric Flair is more over today than he’s ever been as a personality.”
Bischoff explained that while Flair’s in-ring days were behind him, he could still bring a great deal of credibility to AEW. Adding that he would be surprised if AEW President Tony Khan didn’t offer him a deal.
“Ric is not going to go out there and have 60 minute matches anymore, no more broadways left in Ric’s career. Ric’s value, his equity, what he brings to the table credibility wise to a company like AEW, I think, is still a very valuable asset. Obviously, he would have to be used properly and in a way that doesn’t overexpose him, but from what I’ve seen from AEW so far, they’ve done a good job of that, utilizing legends or legacy talent without overexposing them and overusing them. I think given the right situation, Ric would bring a tremendous amount of credibility to AEW. You could always use a little more, and because Ric has been able to expand his profile across such a wide demo, I’d be surprised if Tony [Khan] doesn’t offer him a deal. And if he does, I’d be even more surprised if Ric doesn’t take it.”
Speaking on an earlier episode of his podcast, Bischoff said that despite Flair’s age, fans would still be
happy to see him in an on-screen role.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.