Ever since Brad Maddox was “fired” as the GM of Monday Night Raw, fans have been anticipating who his replacement will be. Nothing has been announced or even hinted at, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation.
Rumors are swirling that Ric Flair is a top candidate for the role. Flair returned to Raw on Apr. 28, giving his endorsement to the Shield after a long and largely incoherent interview segment. In spite of a lack of crowd reaction and confusion regarding exactly where Flair was going, his appearance proved to be a strong ratings draw. This despite the fact that he was never advertised to appear on the show.
Flair is a big name from the past and WWE could use him to boost their ratings and sell Network subscriptions. It’s a good role for Ric because he can still be in the spotlight without having to wrestle. It’s no secret that Flair still believes he can work, but Vince McMahon is adamant that those days are over. Flair has said many times he didn’t make the call to end his in-ring career at WrestleMania XXIV – McMahon did.
Flair hasn’t wrestled in WWE since his bout with Shawn Michaels in Orlando, but he has had several matches in other promotions. Flair worked quite a few times in TNA and also participated in a program with Hulk Hogan in Australia during Hogan’s Hulkamania tour in 2009.
Speaking of the Hulkster, Hogan may be another viable option as the next Raw GM. In a recent poll on wwe.com asking fans who they’d like to see replace Brad Maddox, Hogan absolutely shattered the competition. Flair was not on the list of candidates to vote for.
He may be old, but Hogan is still a huge name in wrestling and someone everybody recognizes. Having Hogan on Raw every Monday may be just what the doctor ordered. Would he be willing to do it? Considering how much Hogan has been hurting for money the last few years, I can almost guarantee he would jump at the opportunity.
We’ll find out soon enough who the next Raw GM will be. Who do you think is best for the role?