Ric Flair was recently a guest on the Steve Austin Show with Steve Austin. In part two of the interview posted on Tuesday, the talk shifted to TNA Wrestling. Below is a paraphrased excerpt:
Ric Flair: I let Hogan talk me into going to TNA and I tried that for awhile.
Steve Austin: How was the dynamic in TNA after coming from WWE? And like I told you last night in the green room, when I think Ric Flair, my picture in my mind is NWA, in the Carolinas, in that Crocket promotions. And I don’t want to define it purely as that but that’s what I think. And that’s what I think big time, great, real wrestling. So what was the atmosphere in TNA?
Ric Flair: Um, well. You just hit the nail on the head. After you work with Vince McMahon, it’s totally different. But I will tell you this – I loved the guys there and they’ve got some really good performers there. With Kurt and Sting…
Steve Austin: Yeah, I meant from an atmosphere standpoint because…
Ric Flair: From a business standpoint?
Steve Austin: Yeah just because there’s been so many people who are having hands in booking but from a leadership prospective there’s not really a wrestling brain there.
Ric Flair: Well they had Bruce Prichard and just fired him.
Steve Austin: I don’t understand that. Bruce is a very smart cat.
Ric Flair: A very smart guy and he came from 20 years of being up here. And you would think but they beat to their own drum. I don’t get it.
Steve Austin: Who’s booking that thing now?
Ric Flair: I have no idea. I think Eric and Hulk.
Steve Austin: How was Dixie to work with?
Ric Flair: Dixie was great.
Steve Austin: How long can they keep that ship afloat?
Ric Flair: I don’t think much longer. They’re making live TV now.
Steve Austin: I’m just saying it’s expensive.
Ric Flair: I don’t know, her father’s tremendously wealthy but at some point in time you got to say man…
Steve Austin: A write off becomes a loss. But they do have some good young talent there.
Ric Flair: Ah, tremendous.
Steve Austin: I’ve been pleasantly surprised with what Bully Ray has done.
Ric Flair: Yeah, I like him too. He and Devon have a wrestling school there and do that. He caught his niche, it took him awhile to figure it out. But here’s the deal. Typical of TNA. So he’s getting ready to “marry” Brooke Hogan and she goes out and gets engaged to one of the Dallas Cowboys.
Steve Austin: Kayfabe brother, you got to protect the business.
You can listen to the complete interview at this link.
As we reported exclusively here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com Premium last week, one of the reasons that Brooke Hogan was let go was due to a tremendous amount of backstage heat for ruining the Bully Ray angle with her very public engagement.