AEW's veteran broadcaster, Tony Schiavone, recently shared his perspective on the possibility of retired WWE Hall of Famer and AEW star Ric Flair stepping back into the wrestling ring. During a recent episode of "What Happened When," Schiavone dismissed any hopes of Flair's in-ring return.
Schiavone humorously remarked, "I don't need to call a Last Match again. That was his last match, guys. That was it." His co-host, Conrad Thompson, who also happens to be Flair's son-in-law, joined in the amusement, acknowledging the widespread assumption that Flair's AEW debut signaled a return to active competition.
However, Schiavone was more critical of certain fan speculations on social media.
Schiavone Social Media Speculation
Addressing the online chatter, Schiavone remarked, "Again, social media has given idiots a voice, and there you go.
If you're wondering if there are more idiots in the world than there used to be, no ... Now they're just online where you can read what they're talking about." Flair's last match, which took place in July 2022, saw him victorious against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal while teaming up with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo.
It was a significant moment for Flair, who had been dealing with health issues leading up to the bout and even admitted to losing consciousness during the match. Despite stepping away from in-ring competition, Flair signed a multi-year deal with AEW earlier in the year.
This partnership has positioned Flair not only as a companion to fellow WWE Hall of Famer Sting on his journey toward retirement but also as the face of "Wooooo Energy!," AEW's official energy drink. Flair recently made an appearance to help announce that Sting's retirement ceremony is scheduled for March 3, set to take place at the historic Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
While fans may continue to speculate and hope for Flair's in-ring return, Schiavone's sentiments strongly indicate that the retired wrestling legend is firmly committed to his non-competitive role in AEW, where he continues to make a significant impact beyond the squared circle.