Ric Flair has reacted to his AEW Dynamite debut where he showed his allegiance towards his dear friend Sting.
Prior to last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite in Philadelphia, AEW promoted a segment where AEW’s Owner, CEO & GM Tony Khan had a gift for Sting. The reason for that is that on the October 18th episode of Dynamite, Sting announced that he planned to retire from wrestling at Revolution in March 2024.
Fans were guessing at what the gift could be whether it was a custom championship, an expensive watch or something else that would have meant a lot to Sting.
Instead of any of that, the gift for Sting was the AEW debut appearance of perhaps the greatest of all time, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Sting and Flair embraced in the ring while also reminiscing about their past going back to Clash of the Champions in 1988 (that’s 35 years ago) when they had a famous draw for the NWA World Title that really elevated Sting as a main event level talent. It was also fitting that AEW’s Tony Schiavone was in the ring with Sting and Flair since he was a big part of their NWA/WCW history too.
On Dynamite, Flair talked about that and also Sting’s impending retirement.
“You know that in life there are moments that are magical. There are few and they are far between. And that’s the magic of the chemistry of whatever you do that makes you the best. 35 years ago, Sting and I made history on TBS. Brother, I’ve told him this, to go 55 minutes in a match 35 years ago or tonight is hard. He never took a deep breath. He is not only one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of this business, but dammit, he’s probably the nicest guy I’ve ever known.”
“So, when I got an invitation from Mr. Khan to be a part of this, time flies, but I want to ride this out with you man. Woooo!”
Ric Flair is ready to be by Sting’s side in AEW
On X/Twitter, Ric Flair issued a statement about his unwavering support for Sting.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 26, 2023
It was reported by Dave Meltzer that AEW intended to use Flair in the past, but they didn’t do it due to Flair having heat from a controversial Dark Side of the Ring episode.
Ric Flair is a two-time WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time World Champion who is considered by many people to be among the greatest professional wrestlers ever.