It has been revealed that Ric Flair going rogue and ignoring the script for one of his WWE promos led to Vince McMahon’s micromanaging of what Superstars said on television.
While Ric Flair delivered a number of memorable promos throughout his career, these segments were usually more notable for his passion and charisma than the actual words he used.
Especially during his later years in WCW and WWE, Flair’s promos often made little sense, but that magic something that the Nature Boy possessed meant it didn’t really matter. Unsurprisingly, the 16-time World Champion wasn’t exactly a fan of scripts either, preferring to just shoot from the hip and go with the flow.
However, one such promo brought ramifications that are still being felt in WWE to this very day, nearly two decades after it took place.
At SummerSlam 2004, Randy Orton who was part of Evolution alongside Flair, Triple H and Batista became the youngest World Champion in history. However, this led to him being kicked out of the group. As the year progressed, Orton feuded with the faction, and memorably faced off against Flair at Taboo Tuesday.
In the lead up to the match, Flair appeared on Raw at Madison Square Garden on October 4th. In the segment, Flair completely disregarded the script and in front of numerous sponsors, made references to making virgins “holler, scream and bleed all night long,” describing it as his “speciality.”
Speaking during an interview with AdFreeShows, former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz revealed that Vince McMahon was incensed over Flair’s conduct, and from that moment forward, took control of what performers said on television.
“There might have been an incident in Madison Square Garden once when Ric Flair went off script that got Vince a little heated about what he had said and said, ‘Dammit, from then on, I need to know what every single talent is going to be saying going out there,'”
“That was in Madison Square Garden with lots of corporate sponsors and when he said [that he has made virgins bleed] there was, there was a noticeable shift in the amount of approval process growing from that point.”
Following Vince McMahon’s WWE departure it has been reported that stars will now be allowed greater creative freedom in promos and matches.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.