Q&A Section is Updated...New must read J.R.'s Blog on WWE.com...Thoughts on "The Naitch."

I have spent several hours between trips to J.R.'s Family BBQ in Norman, Oklahoma, USA updating the Q&A Section of this very website. The questions are provocative, the answers are stimulating, and the dialog is overall compelling. O.K., so I embellish, I am a wrestling announcer by trade. But wait there's more.....BILLY MAYS HERE...J.R.'s thoughts on Naitch. 

Some folks who follow yours truly on WWE TV flew in from Portland, Oregon to OKC Thursday to visit family as I understood it and they said that they made their first stop be at J.R.'s Family BBQ which I thought was mighty nice of them. I just wanted to mention that because it meant a lot to me for those folks to visit us today and to see the smiles on their faces while enjoy our food.

The conversation that Ric Flair had with Alex Marvez recently has many within the 'rasslin biz talking. I can't talk about it here but if you call my 900 #....wait, I just had a flash back. Those damned 70's are coming back to haunt me again. 

Ric called me last Sunday morning and we had a nice talk and I could tell that "Naitch" was getting "the itch" to get back in the ring. He might be feeling somewhat burned out regarding all the autograph shows and meet 'n greets that he's done over the past several months. One can only imagine how much flesh Ric has pressed since retiring. Ric's driver's license may say that he is 60 years old but he still has the spirit and constitution of a 30- something year old, for better or for worse, depending on one's perspective.

Can Ric still perform in the ring at a competitive level. Hell, yeah. Should he? Well, that's another question that's a little tougher to answer. 

I think every one should chase their dreams and do what it is in life that makes them happy and that is legal and ethical because there are no guarantees how long our time here on Earth will be. I chase my dreams every week as I still love "calling" wrestling matches. My wife says broadcasting wrestling is my "calling" and she may well be correct, as usual. 

Without question, wrestling is Ric Flair's calling. When God thought of creating the image of a pro wrestler, an argument could be made that He had "Naitch" in mind. God must particularly love "The Champ" because Ric got a "pass" when he survived what could have been for him a fatal airplane crash many years ago that saw Ric suffer a broken back. 

Much like many of my wrestling friends who are still performing these days and who have trouble getting out of bed in the mornings or playing catch with their kids, I often times cringe when I either hear of or see them wrestle. I had the same initial reaction when I heard of Ric's interview with Marvez. 

But this isn't my call. I do have an opinion. It almost changes from day to day as a matter of fact. In a perfect world, for me, I would love for Ric to not risk life and limb at 60 and not wrestle again. I don't want to read of Ric Flair wrestling in a high school gym some place. 

However, if Ric can return to a major stage and perform occasionally then I have less a problem with the matter. But here is the bottom line....my thanks to Stone Cold....it's Ric's life and he should do whatever he wants to do at this stage of the game that makes him happy.

This is not like Chuck Liddell having another UFC fight. UFC is sport and the magnificent Liddell has done enough to his body and for his sport to proudly and graciously say "Adiós" to MMA. Pro wrestling is show biz and Ric is a magnificent showman who can entertain audiences in a variety of ways but Ric also has the curse of a performer in that once a performer always a performer and Ric likely would like just as soon "die on his sword" as not.  

If Ric's act is going to live again, it needs to play "Broadway"..... for a limited time only. WHOOO!    

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The conversation that Ric Flair had with Alex Marvez recently has many within the 'rasslin biz talking. I can't talk about it here but if you call my 900 #....wait, I just had a flash back. Those damned 70's are coming back to haunt me again.

oh yah wouldn't that be nice,

dare to dream

Well JR, For me I hope that Flair stays retired. It's nothing personal. I know he was one of the best ever. But his time in the spotlight is over and it is time for the younger guys to step up. Heck there is talk about when will HBK or the Undertaker retire (I know it is too soon for that but people talk about it constantly) Seeing Ric Flair come back would be like seeing the Hulkster come back. Some things are best left alone.

Now, don't get me wrong though. If he came back as a manager/announcer/backstage guy that would be cool.


Before Wrestlemania this year when there was speculation about who Chris Jericho would face, you said you did not want to see Ric Flair back in the ring again, and everyone agreed with you.

Now though i know when you wrote this blog, your phone call with Ric might have been fresh in your mind, but to say this is "biz" and not a sport is ridiculous (ask Droz). Yes he may have the energy of a 30- something, but his 60, had the best sent off of any other wrestler i have ever seen, and one slip and he may have another boken neck.

Ric the fans will always love you, so please listen to us, don't spoil what we had, don't wrestle again


I agree, I would love to see Ric "style and profile" on a very limited basis like big shows (Summerslam, WM)

having said that now that Steamboat has donned the tights the power that be need to book Flair vs Steamboat one more time for either Summerslam or WM next year.

I'd love to see them go one more time and hear you call that one.

What;s your take agree or disagree??


I think that if he were to wrestle again then it would ruin his memorable match with Shawn Michaels at WM24 and his amazing send-off by the WWE the next night on RAW. It would all be pointless.

As cool as Flair was for all those years and as nice as it was to see him retire the way he did with WWE those last few years, I have no desire to see Ric Flair wrestle or even on WWE TV again.

The thing about Jericho's pre WM 25 ranting was that it was true. 

I understand your misgivings about the Naitch wrestling again. I won't play booker, though it's the backbone of wrestling blogs.

If WWE can come up with a CREATIVE way to put Slick Ric back in the ring, that doesn't  affect his legacy as the greatest singles wrestler ever, that doesn't negatively impact young, up and coming talent…

… well, stealing a tag team win from Legacy shouldn't really be a stretch for the "dirtiest player in the game".

Damn– the booking bug is so hard to resist…

Mark D

Hi J.R.  

As  a 40+ yr wrestling fan  I like to know why in mostly wwe that when a new westler comes in they act like he/her are new to the biz.  Like they never wrestle any where or had any kind of championship belts or anything ?   Also like to know is why is Festus  is being made such a big joke ? We know who his father is ..and why isnt he geting a push like Orton, DiBiase and Rhodes ?

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