Latest on Ric Flair's WWE Return - Who Will He Manage?
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.21.2014
There are several possibilities...
- According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Ric Flair is scheduled for his full cardiovascular physical in Pittsburgh this week in order to see if he's able to come back to WWE TV as a full-time TV character. The company is being extra careful with those of Flair's age range after Jerry Lawler's heart attack and Ultimate Warrior's passing.
It is believed among those in Creative that Flair should be a babyface at this stage in his career. There have been several ideas floated in regard to who he could be paired with. One suggestion was to put him back with Miz, following up on when he "gave" Miz the figure-four as a submission move with the hopes that he could be pushed up as a top babyface. There are quite a few who are skeptical of this however, feeling that Miz is "damaged goods" and at best should go heel if they want to push him up the card since fans don't like him and his face runs have flopped.
Flair wants to manage Ziggler and sees him as a potential top star. Another idea is putting him alongside the Shield against Evolution to follow up on his TV appearance, but since Batista is leaving and they don't know where they're going next right now, it's possible Evolution won't be featured as a group after Payback.
The site notes that Flair has been back in the gym and gotten his weight down to 230 pounds, with a goal of 225 when he gets back to TV.