Commentary: Ric Flair Retirement
By Wayne K. Wilkins | March 17, 2008
However, should Shawn Michaels be the one to end the career of the most legendary wrestler of all time? Shawn Michaels himself has stated in recent years that his knees and his back are bad and that he is feeling the effects of wear and tear from the sport, so it could be very likely that Shawn himself may be nearing his own retirement. Whether this match is highly anticipated or not, I do not believe that Shawn alone should be the one to end the career of Ric Flair, especially if he may not be in the sport long enough to benefit from it.
The way I see it is that there could have been many opportunities to put over younger stars in this match-up, stars with a future in the business, the likes of current WWE talent Montel Vontavious Porter and Mr. Kennedy, both of whom have played a role in the current Ric Flair retirement storyline but came short in the process of the attempts to put Ric Flair away for good. Is the WWE really doing all they can to make the storyline an epic? Are they doing all they can to make the final year of Ric Flair's career as memorable as his decades and decades in the sport already? Or are they simply making any attempt and any storyline to get him out as soon as possible? Are they truly respecting the greatest legacy of all time the way they should?
The answer of course is a no. If they were going to do so, then where are the faces that have played a part in the career of Ric Flair? Where are Sting, Terry Funk, Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, JJ Dillon, Diamond Dallas Page, Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan? Where the generations of stars that have attempted to put Flair out in the past and failed? The answer, WWE just can not be bothered, or the writers have no idea how to plan it all out.
The way this storyline should have been played out is people from Flair's past show up and help save his career, then others from Flair's past show up and attempt to end it. This would be portrayed on the weekly shows, likely having The Four Horsemen in his own corner attempting to save him, and having faces from his past in the other corner trying to end it. This would end up as a faction towards the major pay per views, those recently of course being Royal Rumble, No Way Out and Wrestlemania next.
For the first two pay per views, the stars from the past who attempted to end Flair's career would be in the corner of the up and comers, Montel Vontavious Porter and Mr. Kennedy at the two previous pay per views that they also failed to put Flair out, with obvious cheats and interferences with many near falls. Mr. McMahon who in storyline has played a part of wanting to put Flair out would then announce an obvious method to destroy Flair once and for all, and that would be by putting Flair in a Three Falls match-up in which Flair has to face 3 opponents and if he loses any of those matches, he is gone, forever, forced into retirement.
This would open a door to have a "Past, Present and Future" 3 falls match-up. A star from Flair's past in match one, a star from Flair's present in match 2 and a Star of the future in match three. The likes of Terry Funk, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan or Dean Malenko fit perfectly into the Past section, the present would be someone such as Batista, Shawn Michaels or Triple H, and the future would be someone like Mr. Kennedy, Montel Vontavious Porter, or an up and comer who has yet to debut, someone like recently released TNA talent "Wildcat" Chris Harris or Ron "The Truth" Killings.