Ric Flair says that he doesn’t want to see Endeavor take over the wrestling side of WWE.
Vince McMahon returned to WWE in January, ending a ‘retirement’ that began in July 2022 when he stepped away from the company surrounded by allegations of sexual misconduct. McMahon’s return seemingly kickstarted the process behind the sale of WWE, and a deal with Endeavor was announced on April 3rd.
As part of the deal, WWE will merge with UFC and a new company will be created. The as-yet-unnamed company will run under the Endeavor umbrealla.
This puts Vince McMahon in the somewhat unusual position of, at least technically, having a boss. During an appearance on Good Karma Wrestling with Gabe Neitzel, Ric Flair was asked about this new dynamic.
Flair has worked on and off with McMahon for decades and has seen his combative business style first-hand.
The Nature Boy isn’t overly convinced that McMahon will be bossed around, while he hopes that Endeavor doesn’t get involved in running the wrestling and creative side of WWE.
“Well, that remains to be seen. [laughs] I’ll have to hear that meeting. I imagine he’s going to be pretty tough to boss around. He may have to negotiate but he’s not going to get bossed around, no chance. You gotta be kidding me. I love Dana and Dana is pretty tough too. I remember I had to negotiate with him. Vince McMahon has been around a long time and he’s just a great guy.
I just hope that they, I don’t want to see the same thing, and I don’t think that it can possibly, Vince is too smart for that. I don’t want to see the Endeavor people take over wrestling. It’s a different animal. Where Ted just hired all his friends to run WCW and it just failed miserably. Then the other guy that ran the business like it was an ATM and that’s why they’re not there today. Not because of lack of talent, you just can’t pay people that aren’t worth, 10 times, that make sense?”
Ric Flair Hits Back At Critics Of WWE Hall Of Fame Speech
On March 31st Ric Flair inducted The Great Muta into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, Flair’s speech reportedly didn’t go down too well backstage and was criticised online. Flair came under fire for rambling, with many fans commenting that he spent more time talking about his own exploits and time in Japan than Muta.
In response to the criticism, Flair said that no one from WWE had spoken to him, claiming that “99% of the people in attendance in that building don’t even know who Muta is.”
You can find the full interview with Ric Flair here.
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