Ric Flair Gives Reasons He Will Never Return To WWE

Ric Flair standing in the ring wearing his robe.
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WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair has gone in to some detail in to the reasons why he would never return to the company, including claiming they tried to get him to sign over intellectual property whilst on life support.

‘The Nature Boy’ has been rather vocal since his departure from WWE, including getting in to a war of words with Becky Lynch over the moniker of ‘The Man’, as well as accusing the company of trying to erase his legacy.

Now speaking on his Woooo Nation UNCENSORED podcast, Ric Flair discussed the reasons he would never return to the company, despite also saying he has so far held no talks with AEW President Tony Khan.

No, there are no discussions [with AEW] at all. I mean, I told Vince McMahon, and my word is pretty much my bond, unless they do something really stupid to me that I would never ever go to work for the competition. Now, they’ve done some really stupid stuff. So that door is open.

But I’m certainly not — I haven’t. I have not talked to Tony, I haven’t heard a word from them. I watch all the shows, appreciate the athletes, and the people that are involved in it. But I am not actively in discussion with anybody. But I will never — yes, I would go to work for Tony. God, I will never go back to WWE.

The legendary former World Champion then spoke about his removal from the intro package for WWE television, where he has been replaced by The Ultimate Warrior.

If you take me off of the opening of the show and take the ‘WOOO!,’ which I own, thank God. They’ll never get it back, replace me with The Ultimate Warrior, a guy that sued the company [and] held them up for money. I guess the next thing they’re gonna do with me, is make a DVD saying and have so many people saying how bad I was like they did with The Warrior and then they brought him back and put him in the Hall of Fame. That ain’t gonna work for me. One and done.

Flair went on to say that it is WWE President Nick Khan who is the reason he would never consider returning to the company, and still holds a mutual respect for Vince McMahon.

I text Vince, ‘No worries. But you know, you’re not going to do it, you’re not going to bring me back.’ Not they want me by any means. But I couldn’t ever work for Nick Khan in my entire life. Vince McMahon, I could work for, but Nick Khan, who’s the guy that orchestrated taking me off the show. I’ve got my facts together, orchestrated taking the ‘WOOO!’ off, never in a million years.

Well, the big difference between Tony Khan and — Tony respects me. As does Vince. Nick Khan has none. I talk to Vince now. I got no problems with Vince. He just knows I won’t come back.

The 16-time World Title holder went on to claim that WWE tried to get him to sign over intellectual property while he was on life support, and suggested that if he were to pass away then it would be AEW doing more to celebrate his legacy.

Absolutely never [will he go back to work for WWE.] I’m 72, I could be dead tomorrow. The last thing I want is for them to make a package on me ever. I’ll leave all of that to Tony Khan.

Let me just tell you something else that should not shock the world. When I saw that they took me off the opening and all that for whatever reason, you know, Who knows? I call it a lack of respect. Some people, some people said to me, ‘Ric, how do you feel about that? I said, ‘Well after they asked me to sign my intellectual property to them while I was on life support, nothing that company does surprises me.

With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.

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