Ric Flair has recently responded to claims from fans on social media that he has been “kissing WWE’s a**”.
The Nature Boy found himself in hot water late last year after an episode of Dark Side of the Ring made allegations of sexual misconduct against the legendary wrestler.
The episode in question analysed the infamous ‘Plane Ride from Hell’ story which took place in 2002 and featured numerous controversial incidents involving a number of notable performers.
Flair himself was accused of sexually harassing an air stewardess during the ill-fated flight and was subsequently removed from WWE’s ‘Then. Now. Forever’ opening TV package after the episode had aired.
However, the Hall of Famer’s signature ‘Woo!’ was re-added to the intro package last month and Flair took to Twitter to thank the company for reversing its decision.
Speaking on the latest edition of his ’To Be The Man’ podcast, the 16-time World Champion took the time to respond to fans who accused him of pandering to WWE by publicly thanking them on social media:
“Somebody telling me, somebody with no social media telling me in my social media said, ‘why are you kissing WWE’s a** for putting you back up on the screen?’ And I said because I’m thankful they did. Who doesn’t want to be on the opening or RAW or SmackDown or the opening of a pay-per-view? What wrestler wouldn’t want that? And I would continue to kiss WWE’s a** because Ashley [Charlotte Flair] works there and because they’ve given me the life I would never have had.”
The former Four Horsemen recently retired from in-ring competition at the age of 73. His final match came at the ‘Ric Flair’s Last Match’ pay-per-view event, where he teamed with Andrade El Idolo to defeat the team of Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.