Did any of our Canadian friends see this and maybe have an opinion to share about it? All I've heard about it is the brief bit in Rick Scaia's column, which was second-hand.
The main reason I'm posting about this is a possibility just occurred to me. All of the crapFlair has been saying about Foley seems to be leading up to a feud between them (which makes the sincerity of it somewhat doubtful--if Ric has that little respect for Foley as a wrestler why would he want to feud with him?) but Bret seems unlikely to come back or to use semi-shoot material in a feud the way Foley would. (Remember how Foley described holding onto a grudge against Rocky for years hoping to use the feelings as grist for a feud that never materialized?) So, I wondered, why harp on the controversial opinion that Bret's reaction to his brother's death was self-serving, etc? Then an image popped into my mind--Mick and Owen in Civil War uniforms at an old-timey photo place-- and it occurred to me that Mick and Owen were pretty close....
I think it would be one of those cases of going a bit too far, but I wouldn't be all that shocked if Mick were to mention "disrespect of Owen's memory" as one of his complaints against Flair in a promo one day soon. It would definitely make Foley and Flair the kings of kayfabe, but I'm not 100% sure that's a good thing when it goes that far.
"A true champion knows how to deal with adversity."-- Kurt Angle
They publicized the Bret quotes on Raw to sell more books. It has nothing to do with Foley. Although I commend you for putting such thought into it, don't hurt your head too much. It doesn't go deeper than that.
I don't know if Flair's comments are setting up a feud with Foley, but it shouldn't. Flair hasn't said anything bad about him. He called him a "glorified stuntman" which might be a little extreme. But he also said that he respects Mic and likes Mic, and that he is entertaining and drew money (which was his main negative on Bret Hart). And he also said in the interview that he had a TON of respect for Mic for doing ANYTHING to satisfy the fans. So even though he thinks Mic is a "glorified stuntman" he never says that is a bad thing. All he said is that Foley doesn't have a lot of wrestling ability which is true.
I didn't see the OTR interview, but another station here had a quick 5 minute interview where Flair basically ruined any credibility he had with me. He defended his comments in his book with the stupidest of arguments.
Stuff like Bret Hart wasn't a star because when WCW took him in the early 90's, they didn't do anything with him (unlike the great things that Bischoff did with Flair during the same period). Flair also said that when Bret came to WCW, that Flair was the only guy who offered to job to Hart. Flair made it sound like guys are falling over backwards to job to new guys, and his examples of the three guys that would normally have NO problems jobbing to other people but wouldn't to Bret (which was more 'proof' that Bret was a nobody)? Hogan, Hall and Nash. Seriously. He pretty much said that Hogan, Hall and Nash were guys that normally loved putting others over and that everyone should be shocked that they wouldn't help Hart.
Besides more stuff like that, his general attitude made you just want him to be wrong. Way too cocky, especially when he started spouting off bullshit just because he knew The Score's interviewer wouldn't know enough to question him.
I'm exactly the same with Tribal, I didn't see the OTR interview but saw The Score interview... Correct me if I'm wrong but did Flair actually say in that interview that in WCW Bret took his ball and went home? I haven't taken any side on this debate but COME ON! I remember Bret taking two breaks during his time in WCW. 1) His brother passed away, and 2) When he got his brains scrambled by Goldberg. Insinuating either of those times is Bret "taking his ball and going home" is pathetic.
smark/net attack wienerville advisory is raised to YELLOW alert - Elevated (JBL is the new WWE champion, good gawd hide under the desk. But Benoit is World Champion allowing some safety in the IWC)- 6/28
Yup, still is. I think they archive all of these interviews anyway, though I could be wrong. It's on my 'To Do List' as my speakers are broken and thus I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet. Here's the link for all those interested though:
In hasbeen's defence, I don't think he's being overly harsh. This is a good topic, and I think he's asking a fair question. It's easy to criticize, it's not as easy to suggest remedies. I realize you have to take the good with the bad, and that's fair....