The commercials for Car Shield featuring Ric Flair have been “paused” following allegations made against Flair during an episode of Dark Side Of The Ring.
Season three of Dark Side Of The Ring continued with an episode dedicated to the infamous Plane Ride From Hell. The events took place in 2002 when a chartered flight left the UK with a roster full of intoxicated WWE Superstars onboard en route for the USA.
During the episode, a flight attendant on board for the flight in question levelled serious allegations against both Scott Hall and Ric Flair, accusing both men of sexual harassment.
The flight became infamous for fights, and what many believed to be pranks with Curt Hennig and Hall both being released from the company in the hours after the flight landed.
With the serious allegations coming to light against Ric Flair PWInsider is reporting that a spokesperson for Intermedia, the advertising agency which handles Car Shield’s commercials, said that the ad campaign has been paused:
“We take these matters very seriously. As of right now, we are pausing the campaign and we will do our due diligence.”
A report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider says an email from IMPACT Wrestling chief Ed Nordholm was sent to all staff and talent on September 17th informing them that Tommy Dreamer was indefinitely suspended by the company. That news came after an earlier report from Fightful Select revealed that Dreamer wouldn’t be at IMPACT’s upcoming tapings in Nashville. Dreamer drew plenty of ire for his comments in the episode where he seemingly defended Flair’s behaviour.
Meanwhile, former WWE Superstar Maria Kanellis has called for changes in WWE following the documentary. Taking to social media, Kanellis initially hit out at what she saw as the culture within WWE during that period. In a follow-up Tweet, Kanellis said that “playing dumb kept her safe,” adding that “we were all afraid in WWE.”
It was all for power and for us to be submissive. Playing dumb kept me safe back then but now I fight against all that nonsense. We were all afraid in WWE. I refuse to be afraid anymore. https://t.co/9kqBSXgpHr
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) September 17, 2021
In a later post, Kanellis said that the talent were her “favourite part” of her last run with the company, before explaining that “the office needs to change.”