In a recent interview with Variety, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair discussed his new AEW deal, noting that his new contract with Tony Khan’s company hasn’t tarnished his relationship with WWE.
Flair signed a two-year deal with AEW that includes his Wooooo! Energy becoming the promotion’s exclusive energy drink.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On making the deal with Tony Khan: “I just reached out to Tony. Then Tony got back to me and he said he’d be interested in that. And I wasn’t selling myself. I was just selling energy drinks…And then Tony was thinking about Sting’s retirement and asked if I wanted to be a part of it.”
On making his first AEW appearance: “I can’t put it into words. It was huge. I was nervous until I walked through the curtain, and then I went out like, ‘Here I go. It’s where I belong.’”
On Khan’s work ethic: “[Tony] doesn’t get tired and he never loses composure. He’s just as nice as can be and, boy, he’s got the respect of that locker room, I can tell you that. And not from being pushy, just from being totally calm.”
On working with Chad Bronstein on his energy drink: “Chad brought me into the cannabis business. And now this Wooo! Energy thing he thought of, he and his partners put this thing together. And boy, it’s got traction now…I’ve had bad experiences in business mainly because I didn’t know enough. Then I had people taking advantage of me when I was getting a divorce or something and making capital calls. Business can be ruthless. I’m still I’m on a learning curve. I learn something new every day. The business world is complicated, but these guys have got it down.”
On if he has any bad blood with WWE: “I don’t think anybody at WWE begrudges me. I’ve earned their respect and I respect them. I haven’t heard one negative word from anybody over there, because I think they feel I’ve earned the right to go out and do what I want to do.”
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WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently sat down for an interview with Variety to discuss his new deal with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Flair, known for his iconic “Wooooo!” catchphrase, signed a two-year contract with AEW, which includes his Wooooo! Energy becoming the promotion’s exclusive energy drink.
Flair revealed that he reached out to AEW President Tony Khan to propose the idea of partnering with the company. Khan expressed interest, and the deal was made. Flair emphasized that he wasn’t selling himself but rather the energy drinks. The opportunity to be a part of Sting’s retirement also came up during their discussions.
Making his first appearance in AEW was a significant moment for Flair. He described feeling nervous until he walked through the curtain, but once he did, he felt like he belonged there. Flair expressed his admiration for Khan’s work ethic, noting that he never gets tired and maintains composure. He also mentioned that Khan has the respect of the locker room due to his calm demeanor.
Flair also discussed his collaboration with Chad Bronstein on the Wooooo! Energy drink. Bronstein introduced Flair to the cannabis business and later came up with the idea for the energy drink. Flair praised Bronstein and his partners for their ability to navigate the complicated world of business successfully.
Despite joining AEW, Flair stated that he doesn’t have any bad blood with WWE. He believes that he has earned their respect, and they haven’t expressed any negative feelings towards him. Flair acknowledged that he has the right to do what he wants and pursue opportunities outside of WWE.
In conclusion, Ric Flair’s new deal with AEW and the launch of his Wooooo! Energy drink have created excitement among wrestling fans. Flair’s presence in AEW adds a legendary figure to the promotion’s roster, and his energy drink venture showcases his entrepreneurial spirit. It will be interesting to see how Flair’s partnership with AEW unfolds and what other opportunities arise for the wrestling icon in the future.