The world of professional wrestling was set ablaze as Ric Flair, the esteemed two-time WWE Hall of Famer, made an unexpected entrance into All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Flair’s appearance on the October 25 episode of “AEW Dynamite” wasn’t just another debut—it was a moment that stitched together past glory with current spectacle, as the 74-year-old wrestling legend joined forces with his old compatriot and adversary, Sting.
The reunion is timed with Sting’s impending departure from the squared circle, spotlighting his retirement tour culminating at the Revolution pay-per-view. Amid the swirl of emotions and fan reactions, Tony Schiavone—a voice synonymous with wrestling’s golden eras—expressed his sentiments on the podcast “What Happened When”.
“Having Flair step into the AEW realm was profoundly meaningful for me,” Schiavone shared. “Reflecting on our intertwined legacies—mine, Sting’s, and Flair’s—evoked genuine emotions.
Announcing that in the ring, it was unscripted, real, and a moment I’ll cherish”. Schiavone, who played a pivotal role in narrating the triumphs of Flair and Sting during the height of WCW, has reestablished himself as a distinguished commentator in AEW.
The addition of Ric Flair to the AEW family isn’t just a nod to the past; it’s a strategic move by the promotion. Signing a multi-year contract, Flair is primed to be more than a one-time attraction; he’s gearing up to be a staple in AEW’s televised saga, commencing with a significant role in Sting’s grand finale.
Flair's AEW Commitment
The journey to AEW for “The Nature Boy” was fraught with speculation and pause, notably after a controversial episode of “Dark Side Of The Ring” cast shadows on his past. Despite a storied, intermittent relationship with WWE, Flair has now officially etched his commitment to AEW.
Flair’s alignment with AEW marks a momentous chapter for the franchise, hinting at a future where the reverence for wrestling’s storied past intersects with its dynamic present. As AEW continues to champion its broadcast presence, the addition of a heavyweight name like Ric Flair is bound to elevate the brand’s visibility and draw the spotlight onto its expanding universe.
Wrestling aficionados and casual viewers alike can anticipate Flair’s influence to reverberate through AEW’s upcoming narratives, enriching the texture of professional wrestling’s ongoing saga.