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    Posted: 26/September/2008 at 23:13

Quote source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

-- For overseas bookings, Ric Flair's appearance fee is $30,000 plus two first class plane tickets (for himself and his agent). His agent, Elaine Gillespie, is insisting all money up front for Flair, which usually isn't done. The standard for top stars is to get half the money in advance in case things fall through so that they don't give up a date they could have done elsewhere. Also, Flair was in talks with Coca-Cola about some possible speaking engagements, but publicity from TMZ caused the soda company to pull out. Coca-Cola didn't pull out from publicity of his daughter being arrested, but because of the photo with the black eye that circulated online, which you can see at this link. Flair still has a deal with several Southeastern Wal-Marts.

* If that's true I think 1PW are really pushing the boat out by spending such a huge sum of cash.

* It's no wonder he wants it all in advance, as so many promoters swindle money out of talent.

* It must be a great job being the agent of Naitch. I bet she could release a book on Ric with the amount of time she will have spent with him.

* Naitch will have lost out on some pretty big money with the Coca Cola deal.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BshadowB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27/September/2008 at 06:31
Lol Ric Flair with a black eye, theres probably a really funny story behind it. I don't see him getting into a fight or anything though he's gettin pretty old. It's Too bad it didn't work out with the Coca Cola deal, maybe next time.
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Guess you haven't heard...His daughter Ashley was arrested for assaulting a police officer outside a restaurant about 2 weeks ago. His son-in-law apparently punched Flair in the face but he didn't press charges.
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From Jim Ross Website.............

Quote Two of sport’s most well known icons changed their surroundings within the past few days. Both men are widely considered by most "experts" to have had careers meritorious of being ranked at or near the very top of their respective fields. Both men seemingly are looking at the brand building aspect of their professional lives by using their new surroundings.

Ric Flair and the WWE mutually agreed to part ways recently. From what I understand it was amicable. There is no doubt that after the many months of TV exposure that Flair received in late 2007 thru WM24 in the spring of 2008 that Ric’s amazing body of work was enhanced by the build to his Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the retirement match at WM24 vs. HBK, and the final farewell on Monday Night Raw the night after the big event in the Citrus Bowl. No athlete in wrestling has ever had the send off that Ric Flair received upon him retiring from active competition after a 30+ year, magical career. Ric’s name identity is likely as prolific today thanks to the amazing 2008 send off as it has ever been since "Naitch’s" heyday on TBS including Ric’s days as a Horseman and battling the likes of Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race and others.

Ric’s responsibilities to the WWE were extensive and valued as a good will ambassador and as a representative for the WWE at a variety of corporate functions, conventions, corporate meet and greets, etc. The WWE was using many of Ric’s great strengths, his personality, charm and sense of humor, to entertain the corporate types. Ric, in case one did not know, is extraordinary in a social setting. No one I know is more out going or more gregarious than is "The Naitch". Yes, Ric loves the social scene in any form and loves being "The Nature Boy" as much as any wrestler I have ever known has loved living their perceived, TV persona. I have never been sure where the Nature Boy persona ends and Richard Fliehr begins and I’ve known Ric for 25 years and have enjoyed every moment of it even though some all nighters with "The Naitch" might have taken a year or two off my life or at least my liver. Let’s hope not.

However, Ric seems to have a mindset these days and a business plan to do brand building, utilizing himself as his own brand. In order to do this Ric had to be an independent business man not tied to any company or that company’s existing business arrangements or schedule. Ric sees that there is an immediate opportunity to brand himself to not only the wrestling community in a variety of ways but perhaps also to the corporate world as a spokesman. The opportunities are apparently abundant, at least for the time being, for Ric to use his reinvigorated name identity to his advantage and accumulate, potentially, a significant amount of money by essentially using the "striking while the iron is hot" theory.

For example, what would the right Japanese promoter be able to do with Ric Flair on a well promoted "Farewell Tour" that would include not one Flair match? Big money is the answer.

So Ric will essentially become his own cottage industry. He won’t be involved in a finance company, owning a car dealership, or even getting involved in a restaurant concept (sound familiar?) but will instead use his presence and fame to press the flesh, sign his name, interact with his fan base and hopefully make the right business contacts to parlay being the "Nature Boy" on TV for 30+ years into $$$ leading into the next phase of his life. None of us are getting any younger.

Ric needs and hopefully has smart management, long term planning, attainable corporate goals, and to make sure that he is not over exposed in any given area especially in the Carolina’s. It would seem to be easy to get Ric multiple endorsement deals in the Carolina’s as a spokesperson for a variety of businesses but at some point it becomes the "crying wolf" syndrome and consumers start tuning out when a spokesperson, no matter who it may be, is over exposed. The other area that Ric needs to avoid is simply the controversey that can finds its way onto the front page of newspapers and becomes the lead story on other media outlets. Advertisers avoid negative publicity like the plague as best they can which includes their spokespersons in particular. For example, my old friend Ric needs to avoid any "road rage-type incidents" going forward :). That’s an attempt at humor but there is still truth in the statement. Controversy does not create cash when one is now functioning in the new world of Ric Flair.

Plus, and I have said this before, Ric Flair never needs to wrestle again. Period. End of story. That also means not even as a tag team partner to his son Reid who apparently has aspirations on becoming a pro wrestler. BTW I would rather see the young Reid get an education before embarking on a challenging career in the wrestling business but that’s just my story and will continue to stick with it.

* It can't have been that amicable as WWE removed reference on WWE.COM about Flair being the greatest of all time.

* Notice how he's no longer mentioned on broadcasts...Not just because he left the company I bet.

* It seems wrong Flair being out in front of way smaller crowds, but it's all about the money for him.

* I can't fault someone who can make more money signing his name, then wrestling and putting his health on the line.

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Ric Flair, while taking part in a Q&A session with fans at a 1PW event in Doncaster, England yesterday, admitted that he is considering a return to the ring as he has an offer to do dates in Japan. Flair noted that while part of him would like to do the dates, hes conflicted due to his promise that WrestleMania XXIV would be his last match. *PWInsider.com* Oh dear. I thought after the great sendoff he had at Mania, he might actually be content with a non-wrestling role. Not so. I do hope he sticks with his promise, otherwise it would water down the importance of the Wrestlemania match was and what the sendoff meant, just for the sake of a 5 minute botchfest in Japan.
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From Jim Ross Website.........
 
Quote The wrestling internet is seemingly abuzz discussing the possibility of Ric Flair wrestling another match. First of all, when is the last time you heard of a pro wrestler retiring, I mean really retiring, and never, EVER wrestling again after his "retirement match." Of course, it's happened but not that often and not in a good while especially when speaking of a high profile star such as "Naitch."  

Ric is in a unique situation as he is one of the few free agent stars out there that can still sell tickets particularly when there is a strong promotion behind him and he is wrestling in a high profile situation. That situation would be in the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2009 against a Japanese legend like Masa Chono, for example. The Japanese need an "outside attraction" to help resurrect their Dome business and Ric having his "Japanese retirement match" there would definitely help sell tickets. The ceremony and pre-match hype in Japan for this event would be memorable.

So, do I know for sure if Ric Flair is going to take a huge money offer for a one off event in Tokyo in the Dome on January 4, 2009? No. Would I be willing to make a friendly wager than it does happen? Without question.

The financial offer for Ric to don the rights one more time in a country steeped in wrestling heritage and where fans love to honor the legends of the game in an emotional show of respect is a promoter's dream. 

I would much rather see Ric wrestle in a "one off" Tokyo Dome environment than ever see him advertised to wrestle in an armory or high school gym in the States. That would be sad. 

* I'm still hoping his friendship and word to his good friend Shawn Michaels, that Wrestlemania would be his last ever match means more to him than the cash he could make going back on his word.
 
* Having a Japanese retirement match would be a bad excuse. Where does it stop? English retirement match? Australian retirement match? I'd lose a lot of respect for Ric if he wrestles again.
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Originally posted by ewrestlingnews.com ewrestlingnews.com wrote:

Ric Flair has been named as the General Manager of the World Stars of Wrestling promotion in Europe.

Flair will appear at their 28/2/09 show in Portugal.


I think this is just an announcement to draw interest in the promotion, as Flair is only currently booked for that one-off appearence for them so far. Obviously, as a free agent, he can earn more money from different projects. I dont see him getting tied down after requesting his WWE release and he will probably only make sporadic appearances for the group, but it is a big coup for World Stars of Wrestling, nonetheless.
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From Jim Ross Website..........

Quote I reached out to old pal Ric Flair recently but he's been so busy that he hasn't gotten back to me. I can only imagine how many people are trying to reach Ric directly. Someone told me in Norfolk that "Naitch" changed his cell # yet again which would be about the second or third time for that process in the past few weeks. "Naitch" will call me without fail....when I least expect it. Some of his 4 a.m. text messages are classic. If I knew how to print them, they would make a hilarious chapter in a book.

* In a more recent blog he's finally got hold of him, as Ric himself got in touch with JR by calling him.

* It's probably a bad time for Natich to keep changing his number. I'd imagine his phone is more busy than it's been in ages.

* Having Naitch in your phonebook on your mobile is probably a reason in itself to switch off when you go to bed.

* There won't be enough hours in the day for Naitch to get in touch with everyone who wants to speak to him.

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Jim Ross Website: Ric Flair refereeing? I read of this recent Flair news item and I'm not sure that I agree with this assignment. "Naitch" is and will always be "The Man' but "The Man" doesn't need to be refereeing any wrestling matches...at least in my view. Perhaps it's just me and the respect that I hold for Ric but the Nature Boy being a referee seems beneath Flair at this stage of his game. But one has to assume that a nice payday awaits pro wrestling's greatest in ring performer.
well i just skimmed through this thread and noticed flair is still very busy and that he is still getting pretty big summs of cash for not wrestling. it's amazing how much promotions and companys are willing to pay to get him in to do so little, it truly shows how much of a world icon ric flair is.
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* Where is he refereeing a match? I've seen nothing to suggest Naitch is getting back in the ring, even in this way.

* If he is, I would probably be against it incase he gets itchy feet about having one more match.

* There's nowhere near enough money on the independent circuit to make something like that worthwhile.

* Travelling the independent circuit worldwide fits well with his "jet flying" gimmick he's had for decades.

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