I, like any cool cat, love to party.
It’s not uncommon for me to bust out a board game, have a few friends over, and stay up to – sometimes as late as – 11pm drinking beer. I know, I’m crazy.
Which is why I’ve always felt a particular kinship with party-mad Ric Flair. Those close to him have always said it’s difficult to separate Ric Flair the wrestling character from Ric Flair the 67 year old man. One of the main reasons he went to TNA after his brilliant 2008 retirement with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24 was because he needed the money to sustain his rather lavish lifestyle and four ex-wives.
And he shows no sign of slowing down. His podcast often turns to Flair’s sexual conquests – where he infamously claimed he’d slept with Halle Berry, something the actress has denied – and even his WWE appearances struggle to contain the stylin’ and proflin’, with his WWE Storytime episode focusing on Flair having sex with multiple female flight attendants on a plane.
Like I said, me and him are pretty much the same person.
Flair returned to WWE on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW to congratulate Sasha Banks for beating his daughter in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The last time we saw Ric was when Charlotte heelishly broke up with him earlier this year.
According to PWInsider, WWE and Flair have come to terms on a new contract and he’ll be a regular on the Raw brand going forward. Apparently his appearance on Monday was added just hours before the show went on air.
But according to Wrestling News World, there might have been an ulterior motive to bringing Flair back to the company.
A source has told the site that Triple H is “very worried” about Ric, and feels that the Nature Boy has been partying too hard lately, especially at his age. Hunter has tried to get Flair to seek treatment, but Ric has resisted. One of the reasons Flair returned at Monday’s show was because Triple H wanted a chance to speak with him face-to-face.
Monday night also saw the start of the predicted program between US and Universal Champions Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens. The two have been advertised for title vs title matches at house shows throughout December, and now they’ve been confirmed for a Universal Championship match at Roadblock: End of the Line. Remember, you gotta say ‘End of the Line’.
According to Dave Meltzer, Flair’s appearance might not have been the only last-minute change on Raw. The feud was first pitched as Owens wanting a US title match, and the stipulation would be that if he lost, Roman would get a shot at the Universal Championship at Roadblock: End of the Line.
For some reason, though, the decision was made to ignore the US title, which means the Universal champion ended up challenging Roman with absolutely nothing to gain. Maybe this is why Mick Foley later said backstage to Owens that he’d have a title match against Roman that night, when the match was actually for a shot at the title.
CageSideSeats’ daily rumour round-up might have revealed what’s next for Owens and Reigns’ feud. Remember, these are rumours, and CageSideSeats makes it very clear to take them with a pinch of salt. And for us as viewers of WWE television, let’s hope this next one is particularly salty.
The rumour is that Reigns might be beating Owens at Roadblock: End of the Line so he can hold both the Universal and United States titles at the same time, where he would walk around as the double champ, just like how Conor McGregor shortly was after UFC 205.
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