With this post, I have finally used all the content I got from Ric Flair from my time spent with him for the 2010 WWE Championship book. Of course, the majority of our conversations can be found in the book, as well as this larger post. But for now, enjoy these final tidbits from Flair:
What did it mean to have Bobby Heenan by your side during your first WWE run?
Bobby Heenan is the greatest manager that ever lived, and he and I have been friends since I broke in in 1972. To have the rub to be around him was extremely helpful. They sent Hulk and I out to California; we did Oakland, Los Angeles, Phoenix, then back to New York to wrestle in The Garden. Bobby was with me for three days. And when we were flying home on a red eye, he turned to me and said, “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you. I hope your hair falls out and comes back red. When I land in New York, I’m telling Vince we’re done.” Traveling with me is a lot of fun.
Why did you go back to WCW after your second WWE Championship reign ended?
I left because about a month after I dropped the belt to Bret, Vince told me he was going to change the company around and that he wanted to go with younger guys and that I was welcome to go back to WCW. Bill Watts was the boss then and he was calling me every day. I thanked Vince and told him that I would like to do that because I didn’t want to be sitting there stuck in the middle again. As luck would have it, I went back to WCW and Watts got fired a week later.
Is it fair to say Vince helped you get your job back at WCW?
Yeah, he wanted me to be happy. Vince’s greatest saying is, “Ultimately what’s best for you is best for me.” He pretty much handles all of business that way.
Which of today’s Superstars do you think best embody what it means to be a World Champion?
There are only a handful of guys on the roster that can pull that off … Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Dave Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena, Edge, Y2J, Stone Cold. Those guys are really passionate, and get what it means to be World Champion. Being champ is a big deal to them. I wish HBK could be champion again. But some of the guys that are in there for a couple weeks and gone, I don’t even think they understand what it means to be World Champion.
What was it like to return to WWE after WCW closed its doors?
When I came back in 2001, I was only supposed to be there to talk. I wasn’t there two weeks before they asked me if I wanted to wrestle Vince at the Rumble. I said, “I’m not here to wrestle.” Sure enough, though, I was back wrestling. Then came Undertaker. Undertaker was great for me at that WrestleMania in Toronto. That was awesome.