Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Will Ric Flair be at WM25?

On the February 9th edition of Monday Night Raw, the legendary Nature Boy Ric Flair made his proud return to the ring in front of over 15,000 in Oakland. The appearance had Flair in the ring discussing his pride over being associated with the WWE and pro-wrestling, as well as his career ending loss to Shawn Michaels. Flair said he had no regrets over it all and as he continued speaking he was abruptly interrupted by Chris Jericho. It seems Jericho wasn't truly humbled by being forced to get down on his knees and apologize to Stephanie and the WWE Universe.

Jericho continued his tirade over how Flair is just a has been who the people will forget about. Jericho insisted that Flair needs to stop trying to find ways to be in the spotlight, then demanded Flair to tell the fans off for being hypocrites. Flair was having no part of this and the bit ended with a Flair punch to Jericho's jaw. This seems ironic considered just days ago Jericho was on the opposite side of things punching a fan who spit on him. Jericho of course rolled out of the ring and backed up the ramp angrily as Flair strutted his stuff in the ring. If the incident was any indication of what's to come, it looks more and more likely Flair might un-retire to wrestle at the grandest pro-wrestling event of the year, Wrestlemania 25. It's unlikely Jericho will just shut up after being punched by Flair and if Jericho calls Flair out to wrestle again next week, we'll have our answer over Flair's retirement. After all, it was Vince McMahon who ordered the stipulation on Flair's career to end with a loss, yet we all know Vince is layed up in a hospital bed thanks to Randy Orton.

Wrestlemania 25 should have the makings of a grand event. After all it's the silver Anniversary of the spectacular sports entertainment Pay-Per-View. We're on track for Orton vs. Cena, HHH vs. Edge, Hardy vs. Hardy and maybe Ric Flair vs. Chris Jericho. Many wrestling analysts say they want Flair to stay retired after the great three day celebration of his career, but let's face it in pro sports or even senior citizen's lives staying retired isn't a reality these days. Several wrestlers should be retired but simply haven't. Flair on the card would further add to the status of the event and likely would allow Mickey Rourke to serve as ringside cornerman, probably causing distraction to help Flair win. There you have it, Flair and Rourke both part of Wrestlemania 25 together, promoting pro-wrestling all around. Fans who have purchased Mania tickets certainly won't mind seeing the Nature Boy throw chest chops and apply a Figure Four Leg lock once again. So let's have Flair return for one more "Woooo!"

And while the WWE is at it, maybe consider tossing whatever money is left over from trying to "woo" Mickey Rourke into the ring and give it to The Rock for another Wrestlemania appearance...

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