Ric Flair: I Will Never Go Back To WWE Because I Can't Work For Nick Khan
Flair left WWE in August
Ric Flair says he could never return to WWE because he does not want to work with Nick Khan again.
Flair departed WWE in August and has now revealed he initially told Vince McMahon he wouldn't go to work for All Elite Wrestling unless WWE did 'something really stupid'.
The Nature Boy feels WWE have done exactly that, accusing WWE President Khan of having no respect for him and for trying to wipe away his legacy with the company.
Speaking on the latest edition of his podcast, WOOOOO Nation Uncensored, Flair said: "No, there are no discussions [with AEW] at all. I mean, I told Vince McMahon, and my word is pretty much my bond, unless they do something really stupid to me, that I would never ever go to work for the competition.
"Now, they've done some really stupid stuff. So that door is open. But I'm certainly not...I haven't. I have not talked to Tony, I haven't heard a word from them. I watch all the shows, appreciate the athletes, and the people that are involved in it. But I am not actively in discussion with anybody. But I will never — yes, I would go to work for Tony. God, I will never go back to WWE."
Flair went on to say that, while he would have no issue with working for Vince McMahon again, he simply could not go back to WWE because he can't work for WWE President Nick Khan.
Ric Flair continued, “If you take me off of the opening of the show and take the ‘WOOO!,’ which I own, thank God. They'll never get it back, replace me with The Ultimate Warrior, a guy that sued the company, held them up for money. I guess the next thing they're gonna do with me, is make a DVD saying and have so many people saying how bad I was like they did with The Warrior and then they brought him back and put him in the Hall of Fame.
"That ain't gonna work for me. One and done. I text Vince, ‘No worries. But you know, you're not going to do it, you're not going to bring me back.’ Not they want me by any means. But I couldn't ever work for Nick Khan in my entire life. Vince McMahon, I could work for, but Nick Khan, who's the guy that orchestrated taking me off the show. I've got my facts together, orchestrated taking the ‘WOOO!’ off, never in a million years.
"Well, the big difference between Tony Khan and...Tony respects me. As does Vince. Nick Khan has none. I talk to Vince now. I got no problems with Vince. He just knows I won't come back.”
Flair would go as far to say that he wouldn't want WWE to mark his legacy should he pass away, saying he will leave it to AEW and Tony Khan.
“I'm 72, I could be dead tomorrow. The last thing I want is for them to make a package on me ever. I'll leave all of that to Tony Khan.”