After an absence away from the spotlight due to the untimely death of his son, Reid, WWE Hall of Famer “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair made some promotional appearances for the WWE at the WWE 2K14 Press Conference last weekend, where he joined fellow Hall of Famers such as Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the festivities. However, the 64-year old legend notorious for being a heavy partyer showed up ready for a party at the press conference. Unfortunately for WWE’s clean image, Flair showed up intoxicated and did not hesitate to say whatever he wanted to say, repeatedly mentioning TNA Wrestling by name and stealing the show from the other stars around him.
On a panel featuring Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Paul Heyman, Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, Flair would openly talk with Foley about their matches in both WWE and TNA. The host of the panel, Jim Ross, would try to bring some structure back to the press conference, but Paul Heyman would take it upon himself to rip up Ross’ notes as Flair kept talking. When J.R. looked to Daniel Bryan to save things, Bryan threw it back to Flair, who was happy to take the spotlight back and, before long, J.R. was ripping his own notes up. The panel segment was entertaining and all, but it definitely did not amuse WWE management as they pulled “The Nature Boy” from future promotional appearances for the WWE 2K14 video game.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is now reporting that, as a result of Flair’s shenanigans, WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon came out after Flair’s appearance to apologize for the Hall of Famer’s behavior and Flair was pulled from his scheduled Q&A appearance after the press conference and was also pulled from the SummerSlam pay-per-view, where he was scheduled to make a surprise appearance. Flair’s behavior at the press conference also left Vince McMahon irate, which could mean very bad things for the future of Flair in the WWE.
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