Will Ric Flair end up in All Elite Wrestling?
Eric Bischoff spoke about this, as well as AEW being on their way to becoming legitimate competition to WWE during a recent installment of his “83 Weeks” podcast.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the show where he touches on these topics with his thoughts.
On Ric Flair possibly heading to AEW: “I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not. I did spend quite a bit of time with Ric both Friday night and Saturday night, and we talked a lot about AEW. I didn’t ask Ric specifically if he was going to go. I figured if Ric wanted to share that information, he’d volunteer it. I didn’t want to ask. I know Ric. I’ve known Ric a long time, 25-30 years, and Ric loves the business today as much as he did 20 years ago. I think if there’s an opportunity there, I would be surprised if Ric didn’t jump on board. I’d be equally as surprised if Tony Khan and the folks over at AEW didn’t find a reason to not extend an offer to him. Ric is a very valuable asset.
“I said this to Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and they both agreed with me. From where we sit, which is on the outside for the most part, but all of us pay pretty close attention and have a decent feel for things. We all agreed without hesitation that, in many respects, Ric Flair is as over today as he’s ever been. I’d go as far as to say Ric Flair is more over today than he’s ever been as a personality.
“Ric is not going to go out there and have 60 minute matches anymore, no more broadways left in Ric’s career. Ric’s value, his equity, what he brings to the table credibility wise to a company like AEW, I think, is still a very valuable asset. Obviously, he would have to be used properly and in a way that doesn’t overexpose him, but from what I’ve seen from AEW so far, they’ve done a good job of that, utilizing legends or legacy talent without overexposing them and overusing them. I think given the right situation, Ric would bring a tremendous amount of credibility to AEW. You could always use a little more, and because Ric has been able to expand his profile across such a wide demo, I’d be surprised if Tony [Khan] doesn’t offer him a deal. And if he does, I’d be even more surprised if Ric doesn’t take it.”
On AEW becoming legit competition to WWE: “I think star-power is an indirect part of the equation. It’s not the direct part of the equation. What AEW needs to grow their international business is to continue to have success in the United States. The more successful they become, the larger their audience becomes. Forget about WWE, the larger that the AEW audience becomes, the more attractive AEW will become to international broadcasters. That just takes time. There’s no magic bullet, there’s no secret sauce here. The more successful you are as a domestic US property, the more likely it is you’re going to be able to get clearances in international markets. That’s a function of growth and time more so than it’s a function of star power.”
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