Shane Douglas Talks Dixie Carter, Heat With Ric Flair, More
On Ric Flair: "Ric was the reason I got into the business. I idolized him, and when I met him, he fell so far short of my expectations. Not as a wrestler, but as a man. Embarrassing the things that I've watched him do, pulling out his privates in front of children, in a bar full of children. Running up and down hallways naked. Things that to me, and just as a man, I don't equivocate with being a man or a champion of a company, and the politics between us, and that I've watched him to do hold down all the young talent that came up. Look, no one was going to take Ric Flair's spot. He's The Nature Boy, Ric Flair! He's an icon, but he was so worried looking over his shoulder at young guys coming up the ladder, you know, that I think if I tried from his career in later years, and I for one called him on it. For better or for worse, and then..and there's been a lot of worse to it. I speak my mind, but nobody can come back and say, 'You're a liar, or you twisted the truth,' or whatever. These are the things that I witnessed and I watched, and to me, it's all part and partial. ..You know wrestling didn't come to this bad bottom point by accident or by one or 2 accidents. It's been a quilt of bad decisions, and bad moves, and tough breaks, and whatever else. And when I met Ric Flair as a young guy coming up that ladder with stars in my eyes. I mean, I was a young, green..greener than goose crap kid coming up, and when I met him, I was so enthralled. Nature Boy Ric Flair, the greatest wrestler in the history of our business, and then sat back night after night, week after week, month after month , watching him act like a total jerk, and treat people like a total jerk. It didn't work for me. It was like meeting your hero, and suddenly finding out he's an idiot or a jerk, and then..for all those things. And I called him on it. I called him on it, and I guess he didn't like it. Oh well! You know you got 2 choices, shut up or put your fists up, and he chose not to do the latter."