Legendary wrestling manager Dutch Mantell has given his thoughts on the latest episode of the wrestling documentary series, ‘Dark Side of the Ring’, which focused on the infamous ‘Plane Ride from Hell’, and the allegations surrounding Ric Flair.
The flight took place following the UK exclusive pay-per-view Insurrextion in May 2002. The fallout from the journey saw several performers involved in incidents that resulted in fines, lawsuits and, in the cases of Scott Hall and Curt Hennig, releases from the company.
During the episode, an air stewardess also seemingly alleged that she was sexually harassed by Flair.
Speaking to Sportskeeda Wrestling, Mantell said he had “no sympathy” for the 16-time world champion, alleging that it was behaviour he engaged in repeatedly.
“I have no sympathy toward Ric Flair. I have no sympathy at all. Because this is behavior that he did over and over again to varying degrees. Now I have never really been around him, but I’ve heard the rumors – they’ve been around ever since I’ve known Ric Flair.”
Mantell also hit out at ECW stalwart Tommy Dreamer, who was interviewed for the show, saying he seemed to be trivialising the incident.
“Talking about Tommy Dreamer, like you said, Tommy Dreamer, I don’t know what he was doing. But he was basically trying to cover for Flair and trying to make his activities seem like it wasn’t a big thing. But if you put your wife, or daughter, or your sister or cousin or anybody or a good friend in place of the flight attendant, if you put it in a personal context, then you really really mad.”
Soon after the show aired, Dreamer was suspended by IMPACT Wrestling, where he is currently used both as on-screen talent and in a backstage creative role, because of his comments.
It has also been announced that an ad campaign by ‘Car Shield’ featuring Ric Flair has been “paused” while the company carries out “due diligence”.
H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above quotes