WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has discussed WWE’s approach to making megastars and says if he was in his prime no company would be able to afford The Nature Boy.
Ric Flair recently appeared on the Two Man Power Trip where he discussed the differences in what he sees in the wrestling business today compared to when he was on top. According to Flair, the idea of scripted promos in stifling the talent in front of the cameras:
“If I was 35 years old right now, they wouldn’t be able to afford me, and boy they need help with the ratings right now, both of them [laughs].”
“Those written interviews, you can tell a mile away whether the kids feel it or not, it’s a lot of pressure to read something that you don’t actually feel in your heart. That’s a big difference. If they are thinking about what they are handed to memorize, they put no emotion into it. That’s just talking generically. It doesn’t sell tickets.”
‘When The Rock comes back to wrestle Roman (Reigns), that will sell tickets. When Steve Austin came back, that sold tickets. It’s a different timeframe. The talent is great, make no mistake, there are some great wrestlers. (Randy) Orton, my daughter [Charlotte Flair], Sasha Banks, AJ Styles. There’s a list of a great top ten between the two companies, but the events sell themselves now, as much as the wrestlers do.”
Ric Flair went on to explain that he believes WWE holds talents back as they don’t want to be in a position where WWE Superstars have all the power – like Hulk Hogan – or are just able to up and leave – like Steve Austin and The Rock:
“I don’t think they turn them loose enough. They want to make sure they get the right advertisers, everyone has to be happy. It’s a whole different world. I still love it, I just feel that the guys who are really great like Randy and my daughter, they are held back because they only want people to go that far. They don’t want anybody to become The Rock, that’s going to walk off or become Steve, who can say, ‘I don’t want to do it.'”
“Back in the day with Hulk (Hogan), he’d say, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ he had that kind of power. I don’t know if that’s healthy, but Vince won’t let that happen again. He won’t let anyone get in a position where they can say, ‘Hey, see ya.’ I understand that, it’s business.”
Ric Flair will be turned loose one last time at Starrcast in July when he takes part in his last ever wrestling match at the age of 73.