Re: Ric Flair in 2005. Was it his last good year?
I think Flair's last good wrestling years were long over by 2005. The last he was good was in the mid-late 90s, in WCW, wrestling "Macho Man" Randy Savage. When WWE brought him he was to have been "the consortium". They had created a story line in which he had bought a half share of the company. If anyone has inside knowledge about this and why it was abandoned, I'd love to hear it. For some reason Vince abandoned this program and they staged a match for control of WWE and Flair lost. "Evolution" was cool for a while and I don't know why they didn't keep it up. But to have Flair wrestle regularly and lose a lot, giving young fans the impression that arguably the greatest wrestler ever was this flabby old man who got beat up, busted open, ridiculed, and was a shadow of the man I came to idolize when I first saw him in sequins and sunglasses, looking like he owned the world, was not right. But he did it gladly because he loved the business and his coworkers and was happy to put young talent over.
Flair did win a cage match with Triple H sometime around 2005, but that was a rare exception and not much of a wrestling match. Flair's second term with WWE was awful. He should have been on the mic, not in the ring. That's another reason I have no truck for WWE.
So this is the WWF. Where Hulk Hogan claims to be the WWF champion and Roddy Piper claims to be the baddest apple on the the street. Well boys, meet the REAL WORLD CHAMPION! That's right. It's RIC FLAIR!
While you were in Hollywood making movies, Thunderlips, I was winning world titles. I bled and I sweat and I paid the price to call myself the REAL WORLD CHAMPION. Big Man! I'm calling you out and I'm telling you this: Until you beat Ric Flair, you're just second fiddle. Woooo!
You see that little girl in the front row with those eyes so big and those lips so moist? She's thinking to herself right now as something's going through her, "Oh my God! NATURE BOY! WHAT'S CAUSING ALL THIS!"