Eric Bischoff is a veteran in the pro wrestling business and is undoubtedly one of the greatest minds to have ever worked in it. He is well aware of the changing landscape of pro wrestling as well. 

Ric Flair made headlines after requested his release from WWE earlier this month. It was previously said that Ric Flair wants one more in-ring run, and he has teased that on numerous occasions.

Ric Flair uploaded a photo of himself showing off his gains at the gym and also declared in post that he will never retire. TripleMania XXIX even featured a surprise appearance from Ric Flair, who accompanied Andrade El Idolo to the ring.

In addition to that, Ric Flair does not have non-compete clause after leaving WWE, It was also reported that AEW is already setting the stage for Ric Flair’s eventual debut.


While speaking on 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about Ric Flair going to AEW. Bischoff stated that he would be surprised if Ric Flair doesn’t make his way to AEW eventually.

“I’m not sure if that’s going to happen or not,” Bischoff mentioned. “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.

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.”

AEW also dropped another huge tease regarding Ric Flair’s AEW debut on this week’s episode of AEW Rampage. We will have to wait and see if Flair will debut in AEW or not.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.

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