Ric Flair has hit out at modern wrestlers who he thinks are only making money because of their social media presence rather than their skills in the ring.
Ric Flair made his name in the late seventies and eighties – an era when pro wrestlers were on the road well over 300 days a year, touring the country and even the world as they tried to make their name and their fortune.
Speaking to Booker T on his Hall of Fame podcast, Ric Flair has lamented that the younger generation of wrestling stars are more preoccupied with how they appear on social media than learning their trade in the ring:
“There are more kids right now making money because of their social media than their talent. It’s absolute insanity. I mean, social media can make or break anybody, and they got kids now making millions of dollars that couldn’t even walk in the goddamn ring with me and Book. I swear to God, they couldn’t wrestle 30 minutes if they had to, much less, you know, do it every day. Does that make sense? Not every other day, every day.”
Flair then also ranted about why he doesn’t give advice to younger talent anymore because he thinks they are more interested in what “the marks” think:
“Well, I’ve learned my lesson. It doesn’t do any good. I mean, people say to me, ‘He’s a prick. He won’t help anybody.’ Everybody I’ve given advice to, and people have been very polite to ask me 100 times, especially when I was traveling with Ashley [Charlotte Flair] a lot, the young guys.”
“They take my opinion, which I f*cking pretty much know what I’m talking about, and then they get in the car, or they walk up the ramp, and they either look and see what the marks said about it, or they talk to another guy who’s got as much experience as him or less, and that’s what they go with. God forbid, I know anything. I could critique these matches, but it’s not worth the aggravation, number one. Number two, my daughter works there. I’m not gonna say anything except positive things.”