It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 38th of 2021. Today Brian looks at the cancellation of Ric Flair and Tommy Dreamer and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
Wooooooke – The Cancellation of Ric Flair
The talk of the wrestling world this week was all about Ric Flair and his involvement on the infamous ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ that was documented on an episode of Dark Side of the Ring. While the actual incident in question occurred in 2002, Flair is dealing with the ramifications now after the episode aired. Flair has lost bookings and his deal with being a TV spokesperson for the company Car Shield has been suspended for the time being. WWE has also removed Flair’s trademark woooo catchphrase from the introduction of their programming.
It was pretty much inevitable that Flair would wind up on AEW television…but now that seems to be in jeopardy as well. All this has happened after Ric Flair requested and was granted his WWE release to pursue other ventures which included appearing on Mexico’s AAA Triplemania show and also appearing on Billy Corgan’s NWA show. What once seemed like one last big run for the 16 time world champion…now appears to be cancelled and the career of Flair in the wrestling business has…at least for now…been put on pause.
Social media has been a hot bed for wrestling fans arguing about this situation and if Flair deserves what he is getting in the court of public opinion. Some have argued this happened in 2002 and the flight attendant who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Flair accepted a pay out to keep quiet. Some fans say it was just Flair being Flair and this story was nothing earth shattering. Others have contested that despite when the alleged incident happened….Ric Flair should be punished for his actions.
Tommy Dreamer, who defended Flair’s behavior and joked about it on the show…was suspended by Impact Wrestling and subsequently put on leave from the radio show he co hosted. Both men apologized for their actions, but many say it isn’t enough. Personally, I have never met Ric Flair, but his reputation certainly precedes itself. Dreamer I have met and in a rather hostile situation and despite that…came off as nothing but a level headed gentleman. I am not defending or condoning what Dreamer said…just speaking from my personal experience.
In this new world we live in where news and events are immediate….actions like the ones that took place on that plane would never be tolerated today. Yes, it happened over 19 years ago, but does that lessen what Flair and others did that day? Flair admits his past digressions and owns them…..just not this one. Did he do it? Didn’t he do it? Others say he did. I see both sides to the story and understand both sides being outraged and others defending him.
As someone on social media pointed out…if Flair was a pizza delivery guy and did that…would you want him punished or just play it off as him being him. It did happen close to 20 years ago, and from all indications Ric Flair has turned his life around somewhat since his near death experience over 5 years ago. Is that enough? I am not a judge and jury. If we cancel Ric Flair and Tommy Dreamer, what about the countless other wrestlers who have also done similar things during their days on the road? Overall, it is a bad situation that is now magnified through social media. Will Flair ever be able to recover from this situation…seeing how things are nowadays…my guess is no. Hulk Hogan is still feeling the ramifications for things he has done and said over the years. Tommy Dreamer may eventually recover and I think he will…it just needs to take time.
Classic pic of Hulk Hogan and the first WWF action figures or dolls…whatever you call them.
In the movies…just like pro wrestling…things aren’t always what they seem.
Brock Lesnar age 20.
Rated R I am sure…
A look at AEW’s set at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY
Congrats on the engagement of Karion Kross and Scarlett
This was once WWE TV…Candice Michelle and Kelly Kelly
Former “Lashley Lady” Mia Lanz
Danielle Moinet aka Summer Rae
Frenemies…Salina De La Renta and Alicia Atout
AEW’s Dasha Kuret
Former Nitro Girl Chae
Stephanie McMahon in a commercial for making collect calls in 2003.
Here is the behind the scenes footage of filming that commercial as it aired on WWE Confidential….
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