Ric Flair made headlines last week for his speech during the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony for The Great Muta. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Flair went rogue and did not read from the teleprompter that contained the planned speeches for all the inductors.
While everyone else followed along with the teleprompter, Flair gave a speech that was unrelated to the script. He only got back on track at the end, and his mentions of Riki Choshu, Tenryu, and Fujinami were reportedly part of his script.
It was also noted that Flair had previously referred to Muta as the greatest Japanese wrestler ever during his induction speech for Tatsumi Fujinami in 2015.
It’s unclear why Flair went off-script, but reports suggest that WWE higher-ups were not too happy with his speech. However, Flair questioned why people were angry with his words, especially considering that the majority of the audience likely didn’t know who Muta was. Flair also revealed that he hadn’t heard any direct feedback from WWE regarding his speech.
“I don’t know what they didn’t like about it. You have to remember that 99% of the people in attendance in that building don’t even know who Muta is. Does it make sense? They haven’t performed [against him], well the wrestling people do but I’m saying the audience.”
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