Of course this past weekend, Flair did return to the WWE, and was shown on television during three broadcasts. Flair was allowed back by his current employer TNA, with an undisclosed deal. The deal was rumored to be that Flair must mention TNA at some point while being on WWE television. From any of the segments I saw, Flair did not mention his current employer at all. Who knows whether it was specified if he had to say it on TV or the DVD?
Regardless, Flair’s contract is up at the end of this year with TNA. From all accounts he had a great time this past weekend in Miami with his buddies from WWE, and he certainly seemed happy the times that I saw him on TV.
I’ve always thought Flair would come back to WWE, it’s a natural fit, but I don’t want to see him wrestle anymore. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that Ric went back on his word and wrestled again in TNA after he retired in 2008. It devalued his match with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24, and that’s not cool.
If Flair comes back, use him as a promoter for the company outside the ring, and when you do involve him in storylines, it should be in a manager capacity. Flair would be a great manager. It would still allow him to get physically involved (which he clearly can’t get enough of), and he can use his mic skills, to get new guys over.
The bottom line is that Ric Flair makes WWE better. Vince will find a good way to use him, I have no doubt about it.