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A legal battle is brewing between Ric Flair and his former management team.

The WWE Hall of Famer is suing Legacy Talent and Entertainment, the agency that represented him from 2009 to October 2017, over money he believes he’s owed from his recent ESPN “30 for 30” special, according to TMZ Sports.

Flair claims Legacy Talent received $25,000 from First Row Films, the company that produced the documentary, but he wasn’t informed of the payment or given his cut. He also hired a lawyer to look into his finances and discovered a $12,000 royalty advance from Jake’s Fireworks, with whom he signed an endorsement deal earlier this year.

After reaching out to Legacy Talent about the money, Flair says he was told it was being used to cover legal bills – something he says he never authorized.

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Source: The Ringer

Paul Heyman spoke with The Ringer on his career in pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Staying relevant in pro wrestling:

“Tell me somebody who was in the NWA who was relevant then and relevant now. Sting’s not. Lex Luger’s not. It’s Ric Flair and Paul Heyman. Tell me someone from that entire era who is relevant today. Vince McMahon. Jerry Lawler. And of all those people that I’ve named, how many of them are in a prominent position on television today? The only one is me. So, how? The manner in which you were treated behind the scenes did not promote longevity. You were going to be used up and spit out. And here I am as the advocate of the number-one attraction, the highest-paid commodity, the top champion on the flagship show in the company that owns 99 percent of the market share. Obviously whatever I was doing back then, that people perceived as career suicide, gave me the ability to survive long enough to have a longevity that no one else enjoys.”

Being the number one believer in ECW:

“I never looked at ECW as wrestling. I always considered it more of a theology. I don’t know whether I had or didn’t have a messianic complex during that time. But I bought into the movement as much as, if not more than, anybody else. If I sold anyone on the religion of extreme, I was its number-one customer.”

Working with others in WWE aside from Brock Lesnar:

“As long as Brock is in WWE. I don’t think it makes sense to work with someone else.”

Managing The Undertaker (before he was The Deadman) in 1990:

“[He was] shockingly mature for someone so new to the industry.”

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Source: Busted Open Radio

Ric Flair was recently a guest on Busted Open Radio and discussed a slew of topics ranging from his current health after his scare to stories from his 45 years in the wrestling business. Flair also talked about how proud he is of his daughter Charlotte Flair.

Charlotte is undoubtedly one of the best female wrestlers on the WWE roster. She has continued her father’s legacy of excellence, with four reigns as Women’s Champion in her young career. Flair had high praise for Charlotte and said he believes she is one of the best wrestlers, male or female, in the world today.

“I can’t put it in words. She is ‘it,'” Flair said. “To me, and I’ll say this to anybody, she’s in the top-three workers in the business right now. The only two that I think are better than her, I won’t say they’re better than her but they have more experience, are (Randy) Orton and (AJ) Styles. Maybe Seth Rollins. But in terms of athletic ability, work ethic, and workouts and her gimmick and everything.”

Charlotte is most recently challenged for the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Natalya at Hell In A Cell, but was unsuccessful. Despite having most of her success as a heel, her character underwent a babyface-turn when she joined the SmackDown Live roster. Flair said he prefers for Charlotte to play a heel, but he’s enjoyed how she has adjusted to her new role.

“I hate her being a on the good side because she’s a much better heel, but she’s adjusted,” he said. “She’s kind of like right now a John Cena of the company, which is not a bad spot to have.”

Ric Flair will make his return to WWE programming later this month.

In an interview with SoloWrestling.com, Flair’s daughter, Charlotte, confirmed “The Nature Boy” will make an appearance at the Starrcade live event in Greensboro, N.C., on Nov. 25. It will be Flair’s first WWE appearance since a life-threatening health scare in August.

Flair is also scheduled to appear at the Atlanta stop of the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest on Nov. 18.

 
 

Ric Flair’s first encounter with Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones wasn’t on a football field, but in the middle of a lake.

The WWE Hall of Famer, who’s become a regular at Falcons practices and games, shared the entertaining story of how he and Jones became friends in an interview with ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Flair was driving his boat on Georgia’s Lake Lanier – the same lake where Jones lost a $100,000 diamond earring – two years ago when he was approached by two jet skiers – one of whom was Jones – asking if he wanted to race.

“He blew by me,” Flair said of Jones. “And I’m like, ‘S—, this guy is a nut.’

“I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’ He came back over, and hence the relationship.”

Flair was placed in a medically induced coma and given only 20 percent odds of surviving after being hospitalized in August, but has made major strides in his recovery and is back to cheering on Jones and the Falcons every week.

“These guys, they’ve got to turn it around,” he said. “They’re a great bunch of guys. … I’m confident they’re going to turn it around this week.”

Source: ESPN

With ESPN’s 30 For 30 film on Ric Flair just a little over a week away from its television premiere, Charlotte Flair appeared on SportsCenter on Thursday morning to discuss the in-depth documentary that pulls back the curtain on the career of The Nature Boy.

30 For 30: Nature Boy will premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN. The documentary has already received rave reviews from people who have seen advanced screenings. It is said to offer a three-dimensional look at the life and career of arguably the greatest professional wrestler of all time.

Flair’s daughter has continued that legacy by becoming one of the best female wrestlers on the WWE roster. Charlotte said her dad succeeded thanks to his unmatched swagger that attracted fans to suspend their disbelief when they watched him.

“I think from his swagger, he was before his time. He was ‘bling’ before ‘bling’ was ‘bling,’ as Snoop would like to say,” Charlotte said. “His character was larger than life, with the robes, and he brought that and you could feel that. When the fans were watching my dad, you could never tell if this was real or is this fake, and that’s what made him so special. Every ounce of energy went to being The Nature Boy.”

In an excerpt from the documentary, Flair said he’s living vicariously through his daughter and the best moment of his career was watching her win the WWE Women’s Championship. Charlotte got emotional when she heard that and knowing how much her dad values her career means everything to her.

“Just to continue his legacy, he spent 45-plus years creating this two-time Hall Of Famer, greatest of all time, larger than life legacy,” she said. “Knowing that I’m continuing his legacy, it means the world to me.”

Source: NBC Sports Radio

As previously noted, WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair was recently interviewed by NBC Sports Radio. Among many other things, Flair discussed the art of cutting promos, influencing many pro wrestlers, and how the legendary Four Horsemen faction came about.

On the subject of cutting promos, Flair professed that it came from his life and passion for the pro wrestling business. Moreover, Flair credited the likes of the late great Dusty Rhodes for creating competition.

“That all came off the top of my head. We’d be out in Atlanta [Georgia] all night long, back at the hotel around 5 a.m., change clothes, and go to the studio and start taping at 9 o’clock. That’s just a lot of coffee and a lot of liking what I was doing for a living, being surrounded by guys like Dusty and Arn [Anderson] and guys that had so much influence on me. And we went out there and we competed with each other. Does that make sense? If Dusty was out there first, I knew I had to follow that. If I was on first and Dusty had to follow me. It was very competitive.”

When asked how much of the persona of The Rock was derived from Flair, ‘Naitch’ suggested that Dwayne Johnson himself would admit that he borrowed a lot from the 16-time champ. Flair went on to say that he has influenced a lot of pro wrestlers.

“I think he’ll admit that a lot of me was him,” Flair said. “I don’t know how many Rolex watches I’ve sold for Rolex from guys buying their first Rolex. I can remember Randy Orton got his first big check with Evolution. The first thing he bought was a new tricked out diamond encrusted Rolex, so I know that I’ve done some damage. I think a lot of guys have become more wardrobe-conscious. Does that make sense? Looking the part all of the time as opposed to when you’re in the gym. Every time you walk into a door, you want everybody in the joint to look at you. That’s just what it is.”

According to Flair, Arn Anderson deserves all of the credit for the Horsemen idea.

“Actually, the idea for The Four Horsemen came from Arn, just something he said one day about The Four Horsemen. I can’t remember the terminology, but he put up [the] four [hand gesture] and Arn did it and we started doing it each week and within a month it caught on and it was bigger than ever. It was huge, so I give all that to Arn. He took the ball and he ran with it.”

Click here to check out the interview.