Ric Flair has expressed that some individuals within WWE are not pleased with his decision to join AEW.

Flair officially signed with AEW on November 2, and his debut was presented as a special gift to Sting on the October 25 episode of AEW Dynamite. Although Flair had not appeared on WWE programming since his release by the company in 2021, WWE still acknowledged his legacy.

Speaking to Shannon Sharpe on Club Shay Shay, Flair acknowledged that WWE does honor legends and that he still has connections to the wrestling business. However, he also stated, “I think some people are upset with me now that I went to work at AEW. I don’t know why. If you’re acknowledging, and you think I’ve contributed to the business, and I know I have because I hear it every day, you would think they would let me do whatever I want to do. As long as it doesn’t affect them. I’m not going to get on TV and say ‘AEW is better,’ I’m not doing something stupid. I’m just working. That’s all I know how to do. They’re mad. Not mad, but they did something…I’ll tell you off camera.”

Flair did not provide specific details about the situation.


When Sharpe mentioned that Flair is a prominent figure outside of wrestling, referenced in songs, and known as “The Nature Boy,” Flair suggested that some people may hold it against him. He concluded by saying, “You know the old saying, ‘you want to hear someone is doing good, but not too good.’? That make sense?”

Flair’s famous “Woooo” is still part of WWE’s signature open. It was temporarily removed in September 2021 after he faced sexual misconduct allegations, which were also featured in an episode of Dark Side of the Ring. Flair’s daughter, Charlotte Flair, continues to work for WWE and is set to compete at WWE Survivor Series.

Flair made an appearance at AEW Full Gear, accompanying Sting, Adam Copeland, and Darby Allin in their match against Christian Cage, Nick Wayne, and Luchasaurus.

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