In an unexpected turn of events, wrestling icon Ric Flair has aligned himself with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after an attempt to rekindle a partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fell through. The nature boy, a moniker Flair has long embraced, officially inked a multi-year agreement with AEW mere days following his buzzworthy debut on the company's flagship show, "Dynamite." This deal, spanning an initial two years, elevates Flair's brand, Wooooo!
Energy, to the esteemed position of AEW's official energy drink, as disclosed on November 2nd. Although details regarding Flair's regular TV appearances remain undisclosed, the WWE Hall of Famer teases fans with the promise that his surprising gift to longtime friend Sting hints at more than a singular cameo.
WWE Rejects Flair's Pitch
In a candid conversation with ESPN's Marc Raimondi, Flair divulged that WWE was his first port of call for a potential collaboration. Nonetheless, WWE, amidst the throes of a major corporate merger, opted not to pursue Flair's proposition.
"We approached WWE out of courtesy, but understandably, they had a lot on their plate. There was no disrespect intended, and it certainly wasn't taken. They simply had different priorities," Flair explained, reflecting on the whirlwind of changes within WWE's landscape.
The wrestling legend was quick to dismiss any notion of ill-will between him and WWE, stating during another interview that the relationship, though previously tested, remains untainted by negativity. He expressed continued admiration for Vince McMahon, especially after McMahon's departure under controversial circumstances.
Flair, whose ties with WWE are etched deep in the annals of wrestling history, made a memorable appearance during WrestleMania 39 weekend. He paid homage to the Great Muta, facilitating his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame — a testament to his enduring legacy within the sport.
As Flair embarks on this new chapter with AEW, the wrestling world eagerly watches. Could this be the dawn of a new era for 'The Nature Boy' in AEW, and what could his veteran presence bring to the rapidly growing promotion? Only time will tell as fans eagerly await the next strut down the aisle from the man who's styled, profiled, and now, seemingly, defied expectations once more.