On the 11th episode of The Ric Flair Show, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion The Nature Boy Ric Flair spoke his mind about several issues which have been a hot topic among wrestling fans in the recent times including CM Punk's UFC debut and Ryback's WWE Departure.
Thanks to WrestlingInc, below are some of the highlights from the Podcast:
Talking about the infamous UFC debut of Former WWE Superstar CM Punk where he lost to Mickey Gall in less than 3 minutes, the Nature Boy said that he feels bad for Punk. He said:
"I actually felt bad for him. I just think, number one, it's a lot to bite off and he [has] been injured a couple of times, I guess, while training. But you always want to go out there and you hope for the best for everybody because if he wins it makes us look [good], but if you lose like that…but the problem I have, as we discussed before, he [has] been so negative and knocked everybody in WWE, but always treated me [well], so I never had a problem with him. But what goes around comes around."
When asked about the future of Punk in UFC, Flair said that the former leader of the Straight Edge Society must have had a hard time sleeping the night he lost and said that if he was at the place of Punk he would do something else:
"If I was him, I don't know how you follow that. I didn't see it, but I heard it lasted, what, 30 seconds? he still has some name recognition because of his success in the WWE, so I'm sure he has options. But, I mean, why would you do that again? It's kind of like, once you get that, it's pretty devastating. I'm sure he had a hard time sleeping that night, knowing he put in all that time and that so many people, because of his brand, were looking at him. Does that make sense? So those are decisions he has to make, but whatever he does, I wish him well. Make no mistake, going out there, just to do that, you get a lot of respect from a lot of people. That's a tough sport, so my hat's off to him for trying, but if I were him, I'd do something else."
Speaking about the recent departure of The Big Guy Ryback, Ric claimed that he knows what was the problem that led to his move but he will not comment on it:
"I haven't heard how he's doing. I haven't seen much of him. If he's out there, I mean, he worked hard. I don't know what the problem was. I do, but I'm not going to comment on it. But I hope he does okay. He's a nice kid and WWE is not for everybody. And he anticipated things that I don't think they had planned for him and when it doesn't work out, it's like Alberto Del Rio. I think he's one of the most talented guys in the business, and he'll be out guest very soon, but they just couldn't come to terms, so he's gone."
Ric Flair holds the record for being a 16th time World Champion and he is the only person to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame twice