Vince McMahon welcomed Ric Flair into his company in the early 90s and few imagined that this partnership would be one of the longest-running in wrestling history. 'The Nature Boy' won his first WWE Title at the Royal Rumble in 1992, before moving to WCW to the huge disappointment of his countless fans.
His return to WWE came after Vince bought WCW, a move that proved crucial to Flair's career. Sometime later, he reached the pinnacle of success with Evolution and was deservedly inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. Although Ric was released by the federation on August 3, 2021, for some creative differences, the relationship between the parties has nevertheless remained excellent.
Proof of this is the beautiful message sent by Flair to his friend Vince during his appearance at 'NWA 73'
Ric Flair pays tribute to Vince McMahon
“I want to thank my beautiful wife Wendy, who lifted me up after every fall.
The same goes for Triple H, for Shawn Michaels, for The Undertaker and for Stone Cold Steve Austin, I will always be infinitely grateful to all of them. I can't forget Vince McMahon, I love him. That's the main reason I'm here.
I'm sure Vince will never watch this promo, but someone will tell him and he will be happy for me” - said a visibly excited Ric Flair. The 16-time world champion also revealed that Vince McMahon loaned him $ 800,000 once.
“He told Me that he would not even lend his son that much money. For me, he made an exception and I was speechless. Obviously, I returned them to him in a very short period of time,” he said. Due to the devastating effects of the global pandemic, WWE has been forced to release several talents in the past year and a half.
Names of the caliber of Braun Strowman, Mickie James, Aleister Black and Bray Wyatt had to pack their bags, not forgetting the possible arrival of Daniel Bryan in AEW. Dave Meltzer reported on the Wrestling Observer Radio that Flair sent a message to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, complaining about his daughter Charlotte Flair's booking.
Meltzer further added that it was McMahon's decision to release the Hall of Famer. “He had sent a message, I think it was a text message, but he had sent a message to Vince McMahon, and it was basically complaining about Charlotte’s booking, her situation, and now he’s gone," said Meltzer.
"I’ve seen it said it was his decision to leave, and I just know from people who I know who are closer to this situation than I am that say that it was Vince’s decision.