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[1991-11-28-WWF-Survivor Series] Interview: Ric Flair


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Holy crap, I thought this was INCREDIBLE. Flair psychotically gloats over the fate of all of the Little Hulksters, their parents who are wondering what's going to happen next, takes a shot at Jack Tunney about how the video-distorting is what led to this, and declares that the WWF title will be buried with the corpse of Hulkamania, leaving only the Real World Title. This is the "outsider" Flair I've been wanting to see, a legitimate threat capable of sending an entire company into upheaval--it's Ric at the most evil that he's been on these two Yearbooks. One of the best interviews of the year.

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Holy crap, I thought this was INCREDIBLE. Flair psychotically gloats over the fate of all of the Little Hulksters, their parents who are wondering what's going to happen next, takes a shot at Jack Tunney about how the video-distorting is what led to this, and declares that the WWF title will be buried with the corpse of Hulkamania, leaving only the Real World Title. This is the "outsider" Flair I've been wanting to see, a legitimate threat capable of sending an entire company into upheaval--it's Ric at the most evil that he's been on these two Yearbooks. One of the best interviews of the year.

Very interesting take that has me re-thinking that entire time period. Great comment!

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The WWF gets introduced to psycho Flair at his best here. You can reach out and touch his glee at having cost Hogan the one thing he holds dearest. It's interesting that he doesn't consider Taker a rival to his claim; then again, the WWF title's always been a minor belt to him, so why should he care who holds it as long as it's not Hogan?

 

This is the first time I've seen Curt as Flair's manager (and that's what he is, despite the fancy title). It's as bad a fit as I thought it was going to be. He should never utter the word "perfect" during a Flair promo; in fact, he should go by his given name and ditch any hint of the Mr. Perfect character entirely. It really grated on me that right in the middle of this wondrous Flair promo, Curt jumped in with "Wasn't that the perfect win, Champ?", or whatever he said exactly. He's still trying to get his own character over, maybe because he thinks he'll be back in the ring eventually (which, of course, he will be), and that's fine. But Vince shouldn't have used Flair to help him do it. You'll probably read this a hundred times during my posts concerning Flair's WWF run, so get used to it: There are only two acceptable cornermen for Flair on the WWF payroll, Bobby Heenan and JJ Dillon. No one else should have gotten within ten miles of him, period.

 

Flair would have looked ridiculous trying to interfere in a suit, but Loss's point about him probably needing to be in one for this interview is well taken. I guess Vince wanted him to look like he was ready to wrestle at any and all times, or maybe he just didn't want Flair looking so good that it put the rest of the roster to shame.

 

One other thing I'm dying to know: In spite of the fact that Flair's robes still say "Nature Boy" on them, Vince has gone out of his way not to refer to Flair by that nickname. Was he trying to pay respect in his own weird way to Buddy Rogers (who, don't forget, was his dad's first champion) or was this just another way of trying to make "his" Flair different from Crockett and Turner's Flair. If the latter is the case (as I suspect it is), why didn't he tell Flair to buy new robes?

 

Nice touch by Flair bringing up the video distortion of the belt. You wouldn't think Vince would want to call attention to such an obvious stunt, though, which leads me to wonder if Flair wasn't going out on his own here.

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Flair with his best interview yet in the WWF. Could the man be any happier that he just helped kill Hulkamania? I liked the threat that continued blurring of the belt would mean more casualties. Great stuff and it makes me think maybe there is something besides laughing at Flair to this run.

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