Ric Flair is one of the most charismatic performers of all time. Even though the WWE features a number of iconic characters, only few of them can compare to The Nature Boy’s achievements in the ring. Vince McMahon was however not a fan of Flair’s promos.
Bruce Prichard recently claimed that Vince McMahon wasn’t always a fan of the WWE Hall of Famer’s promos. The most recent episode of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard focused on Armageddon 2002, the year Flair was promoted to WWE’s kayfabe co-owner.
When WWE attempted to present the 16-time world champion to fans in a new way in the early 2000s, he was already a well-respected veteran. The loudmouthed Ric Flair has become a familiar sight to the WWE Universe in prior years. However, according to Prichard, Vince McMahon preferred a different version of the iconic performer for his time as an on-screen tyrant.
I don’t think he was a big fan of Ric’s promos by any stretch of the imagination. But also, in this era of Ric being the “owner” or general manager and whatever the hell it was, it was trying to present Ric in a different way, represent a different side of him, a business side of him, and not to be that character that he had been for all those years as a performer. We were looking for a different side of him.
In support of his assertions, Bruce Prichard reiterated that Vince McMahon did not appreciate Ric Flair’s use of the microphone. He added, though, that the previous CEO respected the guy behind the act and had long admired Flair’s professional accomplishments. You can watch the full episode below.
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