Ric Flair responded to his signature “Woooo” being added back to the WWE signature open before Monday Night Raw.
Season three of Dark Side of the Ring featured an episode on the infamous ‘Plane Ride from Hell,’ that took place following the UK exclusive pay-per-view Insurrextion in May 2002. During the flight, several performers were involved in incidents that would result in fines, lawsuits and, in the cases of Scott Hall and Curt Hennig, releases from the company.
On the September 2021 episode of Dark Side of the Ring, a flight attendant who’d been on duty alleged that she was sexually harassed by Ric Flair on the flight. In the wake of these allegations, the Nature Boy’s merchandise was pulled from WWEShop.com, and his famous “Woooo” was removed from the WWE signature open that plays before the company’s programming. A CarShield ad campaign featuring the WWE Hall of Famer was also paused.
Ric Flair put out a statement shortly thereafter denying that the allegations were true.
However, as of the July 4th episode of Monday Night Raw, Flair’s trademark “Woooo” can once again be heard in the signature that features the words “Then, Now, Forever, Together.”
Taking to social media, Ric Flair responded to his place being reinstated in the signature open, saying that he’s grateful to the company for rectifying what he called the most hurtful moment of his career.
“The Most Hurtful Moment In My ENTIRE Career Was Losing My Spot. Thank You So Much For Giving Me Back My Dignity & My Life! @WWE @VinceMcMahon #WWERaw”
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) July 5, 2022
Ric Flair is currently preparing to return to the ring for an event dubbed Ric Flair’s Last Match, which is being held under the banner of Jim Crockett Promotions as part of Starrcast weekend on July 31st. Despite having recent health concerns, the Nature Boy says he’s ready to go and even promises to do a move off the top rope during the bout.
Interest in seeing the WWE Hall of Famer’s retirement match was so great that the event sold out quickly and has been moved to a larger venue.