Being in the latter stage of his career, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair still provides the wrestling world with entertainment and an undying passion. This is what allegedly led a fellow legend to pitch a match for next year’s Wrestlemania.
In an interview with WrestlingNews, Ric Flair stated that the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan has pitched a match between himself and Flair at Wrestlemania 32 which is set to emanate from Dallas. However, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up or down, as the 66-year-old former 16-time World heavyweight champion has no plans of wrestling in a WWE ring, even with Vince McMahon’s blessing.
“No, that won’t happen. I mean, Hogan’s been pitching me and him for Dallas forever. I could pull it off… I need like 6 months of really serious training and dieting because I’ve never been exactly a cosmetic dream but if I had time I could pull it off. It’s not gonna happen… you know he respects us but he’s not gonna go back in time.”
While Flair is in late 60s, Hogan himself is 61-years-old and hasn’t wrestled in nearly four years. The head honcho behind “Hulkamania” has stated several times since his return to the WWE that he wants one more match. Names such as John Cena and Roman Reigns were brought up, but Hogan never mentioned Flair as a possible opponent.
With the constant flurry of rumors surrounding Wrestlemania 32 and the company’s alleged plans, Flair understands that he and Hogan are far from those plans. Possible big names that are expected or rumored to appear next year range from The Undertaker, Sting, Ronda Rousey, The Rock, and others. Therefore, Flair can understand why the WWE would focus on the future, rather than the past.
“They got kids now that they’ve got to work on because all I hear them talking about now for Wrestlemania is Austin, Undertaker, Rock, Ronda Rousey, I mean… they’ve got a roster they’ve gotta figure out how to get in there, not the guys that aren’t working full-time.”
The last time Hogan and Flair worked closely on television was during their mutual stint with IMPACT Wrestling. Both men wrestled for the company on several occasions, with Flair wrestling more matches than Hogan. Flair received a ton of flack from wrestling fans for continuing to wrestle, even after his retirement match with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24.
But Flair is honest in his critique of his stint with TNA.
“Good by whose standards? Ric Flair standards or TNA standards? Could I entertain them, yeah. I was far from being Ric Flair back then. I just got bored. I missed the business. There are nice people there. Dixie’s [Carter] a nice person. Hulk [Hogan] talked me into it and I went with it.”
In the rest of the interview, Flair discusses his interest in UFC, a potential Charlotte vs. Ronda Rousey match, and the WWE Network.
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