Ric Flair parted ways with WWE earlier this month and since then has been teasing a return to in-ring action.
Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “While nothing has been announced, the word going around is that it seems to be a lock Ric Flair will be headed here when he is legally able.”
Eric Bischoff talked about Flair going to AEW during a recent 83 Weeks Podcast episode.
“Watch what happens when Ric Flair steps in the ring in AEW,” Bischoff stated. “Just watch what happens. We saw what happened in Mexico in AAA when Ric Flair and Andrade got together. When Ric Flair steps back in the ring and starts chopping somebody, nobody is going to say to themselves ‘Oh man, that was a weak chop, he doesn’t chop as well as he did 20 years ago.’ Nobody could give two shits, they’re going to have a blast, they’ll rejoice, it’s going to trigger their memory and they’re going to go back in time and remember some of those magic Ric Flair moments and that’s what they’re paying their money for.”
“The idea, the narrative that older talent won’t attract the demos, I’m sorry, what is ‘The Demo God’ Chris Jericho, 50? Come on, it should be obvious. You do need younger talent, definitely building that roster full of the future, there’s no question about that. I’m not suggesting all you do is feature that older legacy talent but people still want to see them get in the ring, they still want to see them active, they still want to rejoice in seeing talent like Ric Flair to this day at 72 years old step in the ring and have some fun.”
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