WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair has spoken candidly about why he will never return to WWE and says the company tried to make him sign over intellectual property while still on life support.
Flair has been outspoken on a number of issues since he parted ways with WWE in the summer. He recently accused the company of trying to erase his legacy on social media and The Nature Boys has recently exchanged words with current Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Now speaking on his Woooo Nation UNCENSORED podcast, Ric Flair discussed why he’ll never return to WWE for stint number 4 but began by explaining that he has held no talks with AEW President Tony Khan:
“No, there are no discussions [with AEW] at all. I mean, I told Vince McMahon, and my word is pretty much my bond, unless they do something really stupid to me that I would never ever go to work for the competition. Now, they’ve done some really stupid stuff. So that door is open.”
“But I’m certainly not — I haven’t. I have not talked to Tony, I haven’t heard a word from them. I watch all the shows, appreciate the athletes, and the people that are involved in it. But I am not actively in discussion with anybody. But I will never — yes, I would go to work for Tony. God, I will never go back to WWE.”
Ric Flair then discussed being removed from the show opening and being replaced by The Ultimate Warrior, a fellow WWE Hall Of Famer who had an even more tumultuous relationship with the company:
“If you take me off of the opening of the show and take the ‘WOOO!,’ which I own, thank God. They’ll never get it back, replace me with The Ultimate Warrior, a guy that sued the company [and] held them up for money. I guess the next thing they’re gonna do with me, is make a DVD saying and have so many people saying how bad I was like they did with The Warrior and then they brought him back and put him in the Hall of Fame. That ain’t gonna work for me. One and done.”
Flair then discussed the mutual respect he shares with Vince McMahon and singles out WWE President Nick Khan as the reason he won’t return to the company:
“I text Vince, ‘No worries. But you know, you’re not going to do it, you’re not going to bring me back.’ Not they want me by any means. But I couldn’t ever work for Nick Khan in my entire life. Vince McMahon, I could work for, but Nick Khan, who’s the guy that orchestrated taking me off the show. I’ve got my facts together, orchestrated taking the ‘WOOO!’ off, never in a million years.”
“Well, the big difference between Tony Khan and — Tony respects me. As does Vince. Nick Khan has none. I talk to Vince now. I got no problems with Vince. He just knows I won’t come back.”
The 16 time champion of the world then added that if he were to pass away, it’s AEW and Tony Khan that he wants to celebrate his legacy before adding that WWE tried to get Flair to sign over intellectual property while he was on life support:
“Absolutely never [will he go back to work for WWE.] I’m 72, I could be dead tomorrow. The last thing I want is for them to make a package on me ever. I’ll leave all of that to Tony Khan.”
“Let me just tell you something else that should not shock the world. When I saw that they took me off the opening and all that for whatever reason, you know, Who knows? I call it a lack of respect. Some people, some people said to me, ‘Ric, how do you feel about that? I said, ‘Well after they asked me to sign my intellectual property to them while I was on life support, nothing that company does surprises me.’”