Ric Flair has a high estimation of the future of All Elite Wrestling and believes it is just a matter of time before the company is equivalent to WWE.
Flair made his debut for AEW during the October 25, episode of Dynamite as Tony Khan’s ‘gift’ to Sting ahead of the Icon’s retirement next year.
During an appearance on the “Gabby AF” podcast, Flair compared AEW’s place in the wrestling business compared to WWE. He said,
“The only difference between AEW right now, in my estimation, and WWE, is the fact that WWE has been there so much longer. I think AEW’s in its fourth year now or something like that, and they’re you’re chasing a monster that’s been around…since the late ’70s and early ’80s, when they started going national…across the country with network TV, and of course cable.
“And I’m sure Tony, in time, I hope I live long enough to see it catch up… But I think everybody is happy, and the wrestling people love wrestling. AEW did 81,000 people in London, and they’re going back again in August. So that made a statement in and of itself, that’s more people than we drew at SummerSlam when I was there in 92. I think it’s a Wembley Stadium record. So they’re alive. They’re alive and well.”
Flair has yet to be announced for a future episode of AEW programming. Sting will retire from in-ring competition at AEW Revolution 2024.
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Ric Flair Believes AEW Has the Potential to Rival WWE
Legendary professional wrestler Ric Flair recently expressed his belief that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has the potential to become as successful as WWE in the future. Flair, who made his debut for AEW on the October 25th episode of Dynamite, compared the two wrestling companies during an appearance on the “Gabby AF” podcast.
Flair acknowledged that WWE has been in the wrestling business for a much longer time compared to AEW, which is currently in its fourth year of operation. He highlighted WWE’s national expansion in the late ’70s and early ’80s, which allowed them to establish a strong presence across the country through network TV and cable. Flair believes that AEW is chasing a monster that has been around for decades.
However, Flair expressed optimism about AEW’s future and stated that he hopes to live long enough to see it catch up to WWE. He emphasized that everyone involved in AEW is happy and passionate about wrestling. Flair mentioned AEW’s impressive attendance record of 81,000 people in London and their plans to return to the city in August. He compared this to his time in WWE when they drew fewer people at SummerSlam in 1992. Flair believes that AEW’s success speaks for itself and proves that they are alive and well.
Despite his positive outlook on AEW, Flair has not been announced for any future episodes of AEW programming. However, he did mention that Sting, another wrestling icon, will retire from in-ring competition at AEW Revolution 2024.
AEW has been making waves in the wrestling industry since its inception in 2019. The company has gained a loyal fan base and has been praised for its innovative approach to storytelling and showcasing talent. With the endorsement of legends like Ric Flair, AEW’s future looks promising.
In conclusion, Ric Flair’s belief in AEW’s potential to rival WWE highlights the growing influence and success of the company. While WWE may have a long-standing history and established brand, AEW’s rapid growth and passionate fan base indicate that it could become a major player in the wrestling industry. Only time will tell if AEW can truly reach the same level of success as WWE, but with the support of legends like Ric Flair, the future looks bright for the up-and-coming wrestling promotion.