Ric Flair has detailed his reasoning for excluding The Rock from his Mount Rushmore of wrestling.
Which Superstars past or present belong in the elite top four of all-time selection is often debated by both fans and wrestlers alike. Having stepped into the ring with many of the greats during his fifty-plus years in the business, ‘The Nature Boy’ is uniquely positioned to give a well educated opinion on the matter.
Whilst many would list The Rock as one of their picks, Flair respectfully chose to omit ‘The Great One’ when discussing his choices in a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, citing a lack of longevity as his main reason:
“He would be, except he didn’t stay long enough. I think part of the Mount Rushmore is longevity. It’s hard to be really good, and The Rock was great. But he took off.
He’s on my Mount Rushmore for interview skills and everything else, and I remain very close to him.”
Ric Flair Believes He Is The Greatest Of All-Time
The 16-time World Heavyweight Champion went on to state that he believed he was the best of all-time. Flair stopped short of placing himself on his own Mount Rushmore, however, selecting four other WWE Hall Of Famers instead:
“I’m not on my Mount Rushmore. I think it’s better to have somebody else put you there.
My Mount Rushmore in terms of importance to the business is Stone Cold, Hulk, obviously, Undertaker, and I think Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels is the greatest performer of all time in our business.”
Whilst not featuring in his own selection, Flair is a regular choice for the honour by his peers as well as fans, with AEW President Tony Khan the latest high profile name to list ‘Naitch’ amongst their picks.
H/T: Fightful for the above transcription