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Ric Flair...retirement match?Reading TopTenPros thread about remembering an aging Bruno Sammartino and seeing Ric Flair head down the same track made me think about Flairs retirement and how the WWE or Ric would set it up.

http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=22683

Watching Flair in recent weeks his body has IMO let him down more than I was ready for..In a previous thread I mentioned how he was looking good sounding fantastic and could go on (with careful management) for a few more years yet.

But I think its time as TTP mentioned to seriously consider stepping into the managers robe and use his status to further promote the WWE and also Ric Flair.

The only concern I would have is TIMING..when would it be time? WM21 is 6 months away and I would like to see Ric Flair go out on the biggest stage in WWE event history.I dont think you can carry on the Orton/Flair till WM21 unless the WWE (or HHH-arent they the same)decide that Orton-HHH wont be the main event.

Looking around at contenders in what I think would be a ''retirement'' match are Mick Foley(again!!!!) or William Regal..Regal is looking fit and has age on his side but as this is a Flair retirement match Regal would continue.

Foley however adds some considerable spice to the whole equation in so far as comments by Ric Flair could make this a really good feud . The ''glorified stuntman'' v the ''nature boy'' would make for fantastic television but also at WM21

The other side of it ..is it too early? Does the WWE make it 18 months and WM22? If they go with WM22 that allows Randy Orton back into it as the ''legend killer'' but it also forces Flair to fight another 18 months and the question is can his body hold out that long?

Let me know what you think.



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There is no retirement in wrestling.

There's life threatening injury, there's death, there's you've been downgraded to working flea markets in rural Nebraska, but there is no voluntary retirement. I would be surprised if ten years from now Flair wasn't still in the ring.
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Except in cases of permanent injury or "one more bump and you're gonna be paralyzed," I agree that there really is no saying "never" in wrestling. As in, you can't believe that so-called retired wrestlers will never wrestle again. It seems that a lot of the stars from the 70s, 80s, and 90s are hard up for cash... so I can't see many turning down a gig for money they wouldn't otherwise get. If they're going to keep Flair around as a manager, I just don't see them making a big deal (or any deal) about his last match. It would seem very strange to have a big thanks & goodbye for Flair...followed by him standing at ringside as always, managing the week after.



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    Originally posted by MonteCarl
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.90
I wouldn't be suprised if Flair gets one more title run. Taboo Tuesday will do a lot to show what Flair will do in the near future. Maybe a turn against HHH to buy time and finnaly but some depth into the HHH vs. Orton main event at WM 21.



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I don't think it's wise to use the word "deserve" to often in wrestling, but Flair does deserve one more run before he hangs up the robe. I'd love him to go over HHH at a pay per view, hold it for a month and have him retire as champion. Works for Flair, gives us something to watch on RAW for a month or so (championship tournament) and might refresh HHH a little at the same time.
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    Originally posted by Jonny_English
    I don't think it's wise to use the word "deserve" to often in wrestling, but Flair does deserve one more run before he hangs up the robe. I'd love him to go over HHH at a pay per view, hold it for a month and have him retire as champion. Works for Flair, gives us something to watch on RAW for a month or so (championship tournament) and might refresh HHH a little at the same time.


No, absolutely not. Don't have him retire as champion. Have him put someone over, sure, but don't let him retire with the belt.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.17
    Originally posted by TL_Hopper
      Originally posted by Jonny_English
      I don't think it's wise to use the word "deserve" to often in wrestling, but Flair does deserve one more run before he hangs up the robe. I'd love him to go over HHH at a pay per view, hold it for a month and have him retire as champion. Works for Flair, gives us something to watch on RAW for a month or so (championship tournament) and might refresh HHH a little at the same time.


    No, absolutely not. Don't have him retire as champion. Have him put someone over, sure, but don't let him retire with the belt.


Ric Flair's lost to everyone, so it's not like someone will get a rub from winning the title from him. Unless maybe someone 'retires' Flair by beating him. I wouldn't mind seeing the legend have on last go iwht the belt. His mic work has been outstanding (no shit, right) the past few weeks and even if he's no longer a great worker, he's not really unwatchable, if only because of the crazy bumps and the often hilarious Flair Flop.
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    Originally posted by BigSteve
    even if he's no longer a great worker, he's not really unwatchable, if only because of the crazy bumps and the often hilarious Flair Flop.

That's exactly why they SHOULDN'T put the belt on him- he's become a parody of himself. His moveset is even MORE limited than it once was. Chop, punch, back-body drop, repeat. Remember when Hogan came back and the fans loved him so much they put the title on him? That didn't exactly go over well.

Hey, I'm a big Flair fan too, but I think putting the title on him would be a mistake.



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Ric Flair's latest foray as an active wrestler was not of his choosing. In February 2003 when the Evolution stable formed, Flair's role was that of on-air manager for Triple H and a legendary mentor to Orton and Batista. But because of injuries suffered by Orton and Batista in a house match against the Dudleys, it was time from Ric Flair to once again put on trunks and boots an become an active to keep Evolution afloat with Triple H.

Come late October, after making semi-regular wrestling appearances, Flair thought he could ease himself back into "Nature Boy" the manager and mentor and lightened his in ring schedule. But with HHH and Orton getting heavy pushes, the newly returning Batista had to be brought along slowly, so, he and Flair became a make-shift tag team. The next thing you know, Flair and Batista were tag team champions and once again, Flair's "retirement" was put on the back burner.

I think Flair does plan to retire. HHH and Orton are both strong singles wrestlers headlining. And Batista, after having his hand held by Flair since his return, is on the verge of breaking out as a monster. Right now is the time if any for Flair to take his long deserved in-ring retirement. I'm hoping that if Ric Flair retires as an active wrestler, he remains as an on-camera personality on RAW. Woooooooooo!!!!

(edited by Dr. Ed Powers on 14.10.04 0241)

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