Ric Flair: If I Was 35, WWE And AEW Couldn't Afford Me, And They Need Help With Ratings

Ric Flair is coming back for one last match at the age of 73, but if he were 40 years younger, he might be priced out of the game.

Flair is considered by many to be one of the greatest wrestlers and performers of all-time, turning in classic matches and promos throughout his career. Speaking on the Two Man Power Trip, Flair explained why companies could afford him today and how the business has changed in terms of stars.

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"If I was 35 years old right now, they wouldn't be able to afford me, and boy they need help with the ratings right now, both of them [laughs]. Those written interviews, you can tell a mile away whether the kids feel it or not, it's a lot of pressure to read something that you don't actually feel in your heart. That's a big difference. If they are thinking about what they are handed to memorize, they put no emotion into it. That's just talking generically. It doesn't sell tickets. When The Rock comes back to wrestle Roman (Reigns), that will sell tickets. When Steve Austin came back, that sold tickets. It's a different timeframe. The talent is great, make no mistake, there are some great wrestlers. (Randy) Orton, my daughter [Charlotte Flair], Sasha Banks, AJ Styles. There's a list of a great top ten between the two companies, but the events sell themselves now, as much as the wrestlers do. I don't think they turn them loose enough. They want to make sure they get the right advertisers, everyone has to be happy. It's a whole different world. I still love it, I just feel that the guys who are really great like Randy and my daughter, they are held back because they only want people to go that far. They don't want anybody to become The Rock, that's going to walk off or become Steve, who can say, 'I don't want to do it.' Back in the day with Hulk (Hogan), he'd say, 'I don't want to do it,' he had that kind of power. I don't know if that's healthy, but Vince won't let that happen again. He won't let anyone get in a position where they can say, 'Hey, see ya.' I understand that, it's business," he said.

When asked if wrestling is lacking larger than life stars, Flair replied, "I think Roman, my daughter, Randy, AJ are larger than life, but they don't let them get larger than they want them to get. There has never been a better worker, period, in the company than my daughter, but they're going to keep her in check. They keep everybody in check. They don't let the situation get out of control to where someone walks off and 'wow, how do we replace them?' Talent is limited. They just signed 70 different guys, college athletes, out of that 70, I bet two of them make it. It's a different business. Being a good athlete in college has nothing to do with being a wrestler. Time away from home, sacrifice, three days a week from noon until midnight. It's a lot."

Flair then discussed how often he was on the road during his time in wrestling and how he's thankful that cell phones were not around back then.

Flair is set to wrestle his last match on July 31 as part of Starrcast V. An opponent has yet to be announced.

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