On episode 27 of WOOOOO! Nation with Ric Flair, 'the Nature Boy' talked about some of his favorite current WWE Superstars and how inconsistent booking harms some of them. Also, Flair discussed some ways that the professional wrestling business has changed in recent years.
On the subject of current WWE talent, Flair pointed out that some of his favorites have legitimate athletic backgrounds.
"If you look at Bray Wyatt, I think, number one, Bray [has] got a great amateur [wrestling] background, as did his dad [Mike Rotunda], as does his brother [Bo Dallas], so he brought that to the table. I mean, a good amateur wrestler automatically, probably after watching his dad for years, he liked the [professional wrestling] business. I can tell he loves it now." Flair continued, "and, so, Bray and Bo are just two wonderful kids. Mike Rotunda won the NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick Championship at 12 years of age, guys. And that's what kind of athlete Mike Rotunda was, a two-sport All-American at Syracuse [University] at wrestling and football. I mean, I just don't think kids like that come along every day."
Flair said that Wyatt and Roman Reigns are legitimate tough guys who could have made it in the professional wrestling business even in the 1970s and 1980s.
"Roman Reigns, for as quiet and humble as that guy is, remember who his dad is [Sika Anoa'i]. Lets get serious!" Flair added, "Roman Reigns was All-ACC at Georgia Tech. I mean, the kid can play sports!"
Flair stated that one of the reasons he likes Dolph Ziggler is because Ziggler has a strong amateur wrestling background.
"Dolph Ziggler is a hell of an amateur wrestler! At Kent State [University], he was an All-American! Yeah, and you can tell it. He's not afraid of anybody out there! But I don't know that it's ever going to mean anything."
Flair claimed that he knows Ziggler will always be able to have a job in professional wrestling, but he doubted that Ziggler will ever reach WrestleMania main event status through no fault of his own.
"Will he ever have an opportunity to wrestle in the main event of WrestleMania? I don't know. I hope so because he [has] got the talent, but it just seems like one week they're on, and one week they're off."
Flair indicated that Cesaro suffers from similar faulty booking.
"Who brings more to the table as a performer, if you look at raw ability, than Cesaro? Nobody! I mean, that kid is phenomenal! But, he's one week on, one week off, and I think that's part of the problem."
When Cesaro's lack of mic skills was mentioned, Flair suggested that he could act as Cesaro's mouthpiece.
"I know how they can resolve that mic issue." Flair continued, "dial 9-1-1-Naitch!"
Also, Flair mentioned that Seth Rollins is a uniquely gifted talent.
"There aren't many kids I've seen in a long time, anywhere, that can wrestle like Seth Rollins. Jeez, that kid can really go! I mean, really go. Yeah, he [has] got skills like very few people are ever blessed with. He's Randy Orton, but he can do more highflying stuff than Randy. And he's that good."
Flair claimed that one way in which the professional wrestling business has changed recently is that nowadays wrestlers cannot have big egos.
"The egos in our business in the old days were huge! And it's really hard, now, to have that kind of ego because I think the last guy, probably, to have that kind of an ego that was able to last, two guys to get away with it would be the Rock and Shawn [Michaels]. Do you know what I mean? But they were both so damn good at what they did, they could have egos and pull it off."
On this episode of WOOOOO! Nation, Flair also spoke with Mike Mooneyham about his long career as a professional wrestling reporter. Click here to check out the entire show.
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