Pro-Wrestling Ric Flair interview
Last updated 24 July 2004
As much as "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and all of his many accomplishments
belong to the professional wrestling world at large, the fans of Jim
Crockett Promotions and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling to this
day still like to claim him as one of our own. And our claim is not
without merit. Ric came onto the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
scene in 1974, and was a fixture in the territory until the area
became extinct, merging into a larger Jim Crockett Promotions
amalgamation of wrestling promotions in the mid-1980s.
As the years have passed, Ric's legend had grown. But his love for the
old Crockett territory, and his fans for him, has remained strong.
While not visiting the Mid-Atlantic towns nearly as frequently as he
did in the Crockett days, even the relatively rare Ric Flair
appearances of the last 20 years or so in the Mid-Atlantic towns turn
the respective arenas into Ric Flair love fests. Two of the most
emotion filled evenings in Ric's wrestling life in recent years
occurred in Greenville, South Carolina, a true hotbed of wrestling
during the Crockett years....on September 14, 1998 when he returned to
WCW after a bitter absence, and at the WWE RAW tribute to him on May
To the delight of his legions of fans from the old Mid-Atlantic area,
Ric has written and just recently released his autobiography, Ric Flair: To Be the Man. True to his roots embedded in the Carolinas and
Virginia, Ric has devoted considerable time in the book to his
wrestling days in the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling territory.
Ric's book is a must read for any Mid-Atlantic fan who remembers when
Saturday afternoons with Ric Flair on TV and seeing him in person the
next week in your local arena was a routine that couldn't be
broken...and a part of your life that could never be forgotten.
The Mid-Atlantic Gateway would like to express our gratitude to Ric's
co-author, Keith Elliot Greenberg, for his assistance with setting up
this interview, along with World Wrestling Entertainment's Vice
President of Publicity, Neil Lawi, and his Assistant Mary Ringwood.
Without the help of the folks at World Wrestling Entertainment, this
Gateway get together with the former 16-time World Champion would not
And special thanks are reserved to the man himself, Ric Flair, for
including the Mid-Atlantic Gateway as part of his publicity
appearances for his new book. In our 25 minute interview, Ric not only
talks about his book, but also reminisces about the Mid-Atlantic days
and all the great persons and events that made that time so special.
Ric...your book and this conversation shows your continuing love for the
Mid-Atlantic area and your fans here, and know that we feel the same
way about you. To us, you've been 'The Man' since 1974...and always will
- David Chappell
Question: Good afternoon Ric. Thank you so much for giving [the
Mid-Atlantic Gateway] a little bit of time to talk about your new
book, Ric Flair: To Be the Man, and to do a little reminiscing about
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
Ric Flair: Hi David ...thank you very much.
Question: I think I speak for your many Mid-Atlantic fans, in that
we're all thrilled at long last you've written a book!
Ric Flair: Thank you again. Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling is where I
started...that's where I got my beginning. And that's something that
will always be part of my life. It's something that I'll always
Question: By my count, there are ten chapters in your book that are
devoted strictly to the Mid-Atlantic area and Jim Crockett Promotions.
And there are many references to those early days in other parts of
the book as well. Tell us about your start in the Crockett territory.
Ric Flair: You know, I was fortunate enough to come there at the right
time. I was fortunate enough to be under the tutelage of both Wahoo
McDaniel and George Scott.
And I was fortunate enough to stay for a long time, which was another
unusual situation...to stay in one place for a long time and enjoy that
level and quality of life.
Question: Back in those days, that was extremely unusual.
Ric Flair: A lot of guys at that time, almost everybody, was moving around
from territory to territory. I was able to stay in one city, one area,
my entire career.
So, I was pretty fortunate. And when I look back on it...it was pretty
Question: When you look back at the Mid-Atlantic years, what jumps out
at you? You were certainly maturing as a wrestler; you had many a
great match in the ring; you had a lot of good times; you went to a
lot of great places and towns; you made many great friends. What
Ric Flair: (pauses) I think the friendships I developed there. And the
fact that the territory was growing, and I was fortunate enough to be
part of the branch that it grew on.
I became kind of a fixture because, as I said before, I was in the
right place at the right time.
Question: When I looked at the Acknowledgements section in the book,
Ric, I couldn't help but notice how many Mid-Atlantic figures were
mentioned there by name. To me, that says a lot about your feelings
about the Mid-Atlantic area.
George Scott; Wahoo McDaniel, Ricky Steamboat; Bob Caudle, Arn
Anderson...are all mentioned by name in the Acknowledgements. I'd like
you to talk about each one of those persons, if you would.
Ric Flair: Of course...I'd be happy to.
Question: The first is George Scott, who you've already mentioned
briefly. George was booking the Crockett territory when you first
In the Acknowledgments section, you said George Scott, 'took a kid who
was rough around the edges and molded him into a champion.'
Ric Flair: Yeah...he really did. I mean, I came in there a green kid. And
even though I was fortunate enough to be around Wahoo, who helped me
develop as a wrestler, George helped me develop my personality and my
persona. George helped me with those things a lot.
Question: I also heard George could be very tough on the wrestlers.
Blackjack Mulligan called him affectionately to me...a 'taskmaster.'
There's a section in the book where you describe George making you
take your back brace off soon after you returned after the 1975
Wilmington, North Carolina plane crash...
Ric Flair: Yeah...that's right.
Question: Then you mention later in the book, that in 1979 you asked
George if you could miss a TV taping at the WRAL studios when your son
David was born in Minneapolis. George basically told you that you
could go up there, but when you came back you wouldn't have a job.
Ric Flair: Well, on that, nobody had time off. We didn't take time off. I
just began to realize, that George actually made me tough to the
business. He helped make me tough...which I had to be.
You had to be a pretty tough guy, and pretty insensitive, to survive
Question: I can only imagine...
Ric Flair: It was a very insensitive, very hard, business. And if you
didn't work...you didn't get paid.
Question: Bottom line business.
Ric Flair: If you missed a date...you lost your spot. That's just the way it
(laughs) You just couldn't call in and take two or three days off.
Question: In the book around the sections you talk about George Scott,
you also mention the late Johnny Valentine. He was an early partner of
yours. What a tough guy in the ring, and one that a lot of people who
visit our website remember well.
Ric Flair: Yeah, Johnny was a good guy. Johnny was a strange guy, to be
honest. I can't say that I didn't learn a little bit from him, because
I did. But his style was totally different from what I wanted to do.
Question: Totally mat based, that's for sure!
Ric Flair: Well, yeah, his style didn't work with anything I really wanted
I came into the business watching Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson,
(Nick) Bockwinkle and Red Bastien...and all of a sudden I was down there
watching John do his thing.
I really liked the Anderson's style...
Ric Flair: Yeah, that worked a lot better for me than John's did.
But, I was with John then, and it worked out good. Because of the fact
that I was a young guy, and he was older and more experienced.
It's kind of like what I'm doing now with Randy (Orton) and Dave
(Batista), you know, in 'Evolution.'
Question: That's right...in a lot of ways you have come full-circle in
your career now with the WWE.
Ric Flair: A little similar, in some ways.
But, I just wasn't that enamored with Johnny's style of work.
I mean, I appreciated how hard he and Wahoo fought. And they did
fight...it was a fight, not a wrestling match.
Question: Oh boy...those were brutal!
Ric Flair: I appreciated all that, but I told myself that I needed to be a
more colorful and more flamboyant guy that flew around a little more
than Johnny did. He didn't believe in ANY kind of bumps at all...he
didn't like going off his feet.
Question: With John, you pretty much got toe-to-toe slugfests...
Ric Flair: Yeah, you really did.
Question: We all remember that Valentine was in the plane with you
that went down in Wilmington in October of 1975. Of course, Valentine
was never able to wrestle again after that.
There is a whole chapter in the book devoted to the plane crash. I
know I was riveted to that chapter, to the point that I felt that I
was in that plane with you! That had to be terrifying beyond anything
Ric Flair: Is was a really harrowing experience...thank you. It was a rough
Question: Another wrestler you mention by name in your Acknowledgments
section is the late Wahoo McDaniel. And, of course, you've already
mentioned him several times this afternoon.
I guess what the book really impressed on me was how close you were to
him...going far beyond what we fans saw and knew in the 70s...
Ric Flair: Yes, that's most definitely the truth.
Question: Please share some of your thoughts about the 'Chief' with
us. I think one of your best stories in the book, is where Wahoo comes
racing into the hospital in Wilmington to check on you after the 1975
plane crash, and the hospital personnel tried to restrain him, because
you two were in a heated feud then! They thought Wahoo had come to the
hospital to finish you off! (laughs)
Ric Flair: Yeah, exactly, that's how seriously they took it back then.
Wahoo was that kind of a guy; just a stand up guy...take no sh*t from
anybody type of guy. And he lived that way every minute of his life.
(laughs) He didn't take sh*t from anybody...not the wrestlers, the
wrestling promoters, women, wives, girlfriends...
Question: (laughing) It didn't matter...no one was immune!
[ PHOTO: Flair and Wahoo prepare to do battle in Richmond in 1976. ]
Ric Flair: You know, Wahoo was married six times. If he didn't like
something his wife was saying...he didn't let the door hit her on the
ass on the way out!
Ric Flair: He didn't care...when he got up in the morning he was gonna play
golf or he was gonna fish. He would do whatever he was doing that
afternoon, and then he'd leave and go to work and then he was gonna
drink that night, and come home late. He didn't care! (laughs)
But, I mean, he was one of the most competitive people I've ever known
in my life...
Ric Flair: He had to be the best at everything he ever did. He was a
scratch golfer, and if they did that kind of stuff back then, a world
class Bass fisherman. He loved all that stuff, you know what I mean?
Question: Yeah, I remember on some of his Mid-Atlantic interviews his
love of golf and fishing would definitely come out at times.
Ric Flair: He slept on a real bear rug...and if you stayed in his apartment
or his house it had to be 60 degrees---it was brutal!
Ric Flair: He was just a real Jeremiah Johnson.
Question: Wahoo McDaniel...the 'Mountain Man!' Amazing!
Ric Flair: Yes...he really was.
Question: Another wrestler you mention in the book's Acknowledgements,
and a great competitor in the ring, was Ricky Steamboat.
Ric Flair: Yes.
Question: I found it interesting in the book, to find out that you
were actually the one that approached George Scott and pushed to start
that program with Ricky in 1977. And we all know how phenomenal that
Ric Flair: And you know, the older guys, including Wahoo, weren't too
excited about [Steamboat] coming along!
Question: I've always been curious about that. But, I can sort of see
that being the case.
Ric Flair: Yeah...it was.
[ PHOTO: Ricky Steamboat holds Flair high overhead during a 1978
battle in Kingsport, TN ]
Question: In the book, I think you indicate that Steamboat was the
best 'good guy' that you ever wrestled. And, of course, Steamboat
stayed a good guy his entire career.
Ric Flair: In my entire life, he was...he was fabulous.
Question: And Steamboat ended up being your first tag team partner
when you turned into a good guy yourself in 1979. Talk about a 'Dream
Ric Flair: Oh yeah...he was off the charts.
Question: Another person you mention in your Acknowledgements was
Mid-Atlantic announcer Bob Caudle . You said the 'golden voices' of
Bob Caudle , along with Gordon Solie and current WWE announcer Jim
Ross, 'helped provide the soundtrack of my life.'
Ric Flair: Yes...
Question: Your mention of Bob Caudle got me to thinking about all the
great Mid-Atlantic television angles that took place at the WRAL
studios in Raleigh, North Carolina, or wherever you all were taping
[ PHOTO: Flair on the set of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling with Bob Caudle
and girls in 1978 ]
A couple of great ones are mentioned in the book...one is from 1978 when
you suckered Steamboat in the ring and rubbed his face raw on the mat
and floor. Then he comes back on another show, and tears your clothes
You also mentioned the angle from early 1981 where Roddy Piper comes
out and presents you the NWA TV Title as a sort of consolation prize,
after he's beaten you for the U.S. Title. You turn the interview
around on him, exposing his winning the U.S. belt from you with a
Ric Flair: (laughs)
Question: Any other Mid-Atlantic television memories stand out to you?
Ric Flair: We did a lot of great stuff at WRAL. The angle with Blackjack
Mulligan was huge...where I took his Cowboy hat that Waylon Jennings had
given him, and tore it up and stomped on it. And a little later on, I
was wresting somebody and Mulligan comes out wearing my robe, and he
tore up my robe in front of me...
Question: That was an unforgettable Mid-Atlantic moment, Ric!
Ric Flair: And then I put a bounty out on Mulligan. I left for Japan, and
when I came back, we were selling out everywhere! (laughing)
Question: And of course back then, everything played off the weekly TV
show in your market. And that got the fans out to their local arena.
So those TV angles like the Hat and Robe were really, really important
then. There was hardly any cable TV and certainly no satellite dishes
in those days. And Pay Per View events were years off.
Ric Flair: Exactly. Oh yeah, they were big-time.
Question: You also mention in the book's Acknowledgements section Arn
Anderson, who you referred to as your 'friend for life.'
Arn came in at the tail end of the Mid-Atlantic promotion, and has
been closely associated with you through Crockett, WCW and now to the
present with World Wrestling Entertainment.
Ric Flair: Arn came in during 1985, and was with me there for a lot of the
Question: That was around the time that the 'Four Horsemen' came into
being. That time period is also well chronicled in the book. It
certainly sounds like things with the Horsemen were every bit as wild
as what you all were always telling us about on TV!
Ric Flair: (laughing) Yeah...they were! We really had a lot of fun.
Question: As the years go on, the book describes the disintegration of
Jim Crockett Promotions in the late 1980s in a lot of detail. For most
Mid-Atlantic fans, I think that portion of your book will be a
fascinating, but a sad read.
You describe how your relationship with Jimmy Crockett, Jr. became
more distant, and there were really two opposing camps...with Jimmy
Crockett and Dusty (Rhodes) on one side, and you and David , Jackie
and Frances Crockett on the other.
Ric Flair: Yeah...
Question: I think a lot of the fans that visit our site will be very
interested in hearing how all that really did go down.
Ric Flair: Well, you know, it went down exactly the way that I wrote it!
I tell you, to this day, I don't know how Jimmy and I drifted apart.
He went from being my best friend, a guy that I thought the world of,
to a guy that I just couldn't talk to. He was out of control.
He was convinced that they could go to Dallas...which they lost a
fortune. And make movies. You know, that story is very similar to the
WCW story later in the book.
Question: How so?
Ric Flair: Well, not similar as to the way Jimmy treated me, of course.
Jimmy Crockett never treated me badly at all. But Jimmy and Dusty had
an obsession with trying to compete with Vince McMahon, and it
overshadowed the importance of making the territory do well.
They were so consumed with becoming a national commodity, that they
forgot about their back yard. They spent money they didn't have,
continuously...which is very similar to the WCW story.
Question: And it sounded like by that time, Jimmy would only listen to
Ric Flair: No matter how many of us told Jimmy that they were spending too
much money, it didn't matter...
Question: He didn't want to hear it.
Ric Flair: Right. And we kept telling him he should stay east of the
Mississippi...not go west of the Mississippi. If he had done that, he
would have stayed in business.
But the minute we went west, we started losing big money.
Question: And that situation is addressed in depth in the book.
Ric Flair: (laughs) And you know who speaks out very candidly about it, is
David (Crockett)! David verifies everything I'm saying.
Question: He does, and in fact David Crockett is quoted throughout the
book. I thought his insight on a lot of subjects contributed
significantly to the book.
Ric Flair: Don 't think that David didn't seize the opportunity to tell
Dusty and Jimmy what he thinks of them...
Question: Oh yes!
Ric Flair: Until I read David 's quotes, I didn't realize how harsh he'd
been either. He's harder on them than I am! And I'm not really hard on
Question: No, not to any great extent certainly....
Ric Flair: The things that I'm talking about there, probably hurt me more
than the guys that are reading it now.
Question: Like any good book, Ric, yours is full of things that the
reader would never know about unless you made the point of bringing
them out and highlighting them for us. Just a couple come off of the
top of my head.
Like, for instance, who would have ever known that Art Nelson was the
wrestler that taught you the importance of bleeding during a match...
Ric Flair: (laughs)
Question: And that Tim Woods saved Mid-Atlantic Wrestling by his
actions after the plane crash?
Ric Flair: And he never got paid a dime.
Question: He just went in there and gutted it out.
Ric Flair: That's right.
Question: Certainly, the book is illustrative of how important your
family is to you.
Ric Flair: Yes...very much.
Question: And as fans, we knew virtually nothing about your family
during the Mid-Atlantic years.
Ric Flair: I know.
Question: And you also talk about you and Blackjack Mulligan, one of
your best friends, buying the Knoxville territory in 1981 and it
failing...and that your relationship with Blackjack was never quite the
same after that. And that to this day you miss Blackjack.
I'm proud to say that Blackjack is a good friend of the Mid-Atlantic
Gateway...if we can link you all up down the road, we would be
Ric Flair: Do you ever talk to him?
Question: Yes, we're in touch frequently.
Ric Flair: Oh really? Please say 'hi' to him. I just miss that
[ PHOTO: Blackjack Mulligan and Ric Flair in the WRAL studio, Raleigh
NC, 1976 ]
I just never saw Jack for so long, you know? It's funny, because I
know I've been in towns and he's been there...but I got the impression
he was just pretty much through with the business.
Question: Well, yes and no. I think Jack is comfortable now with his
life outside of wrestling...but we did a nearly 50 page wrestling
interview a couple of months ago! What a super guy...
Ric Flair: Let me tell you, Jack Mulligan and I...believe me, I wish I could
have written about him and I all day long. Jack was the kind of guy;
he was just so powerful. Personality wise...in every way. I could have
told more stories...I could talk about Jack all day long.
Question: Having talked with Jack myself, I ABSOLUTELY believe that!
Ric Flair: We became best friends, we were neighbors...we did everything
there was to do. Then all of a sudden, you know, some of the problems
took place...which I didn't touch on a lot.
It hurt me, that a guy that was such a big part of my life...was gone.
You know what I mean?
Question: I'm sure that had to be extremely tough.
Ric Flair: I had to go my way, and he had to go his, you know what I mean?
Question: Yeah, just sort of that fork in the road...
Ric Flair: Yes...and there were never any words between us, nothing like
He and I had nothing but fun!
Question: (laughs) And, apparently, a lot of it!
Ric Flair: I could write some fabulous stories about him!
Question: When I interviewed Blackjack, he had to cut me off after two
Ric Flair stories...he said otherwise we'd be on the phone for days!
Ric Flair: He's an awesome guy.
Question: Why did you write Ric Flair: To Be the Man?
Ric Flair: Actually, I didn't really want to do it...they put a lot of
pressure on me to do it.
Question: Oh really?
Ric Flair: Yep. And then they put even more pressure on me to be honest...
Question: I think it's important to say here that the book covers your
whole life and career...and goes far beyond the Mid-Atlantic territory.
And you don't pull any punches on a bunch of people you've dealt with
over the years.
Ric Flair: There are no punches to pull...it's nothing I wouldn't, and
haven't, said to them. And the thing of it is, it's all documented.
It's just my opinion.
Question: I think a lot of people will be very surprised by much of
what you write towards the end of the book, when you were having to
endure the dying days of WCW and everything that was going on with
that. You were having a real crisis of self-doubt...
Ric Flair: Yes, self-confidence...
Question: Seeing you in Richmond on RAW last Monday night, you had
that same strut again coming down the aisle of the Coliseum just like
you did in the Mid-Atlantic days!
Ric Flair: Thank you...
Question: But was it tough writing about those down times in the book?
Ric Flair: It was, because it was a very difficult period of my life.
But you know what, the problem with this is that when I look at people
that have problems in life...I think of people that have children that
are handicapped, people that have been in car wrecks and are
paralyzed. There's a difference between having a hard time in life,
and having some issues. Does that make sense?
Question: Without a doubt...sometimes we all have to keep things in
Ric Flair: I've had issues. But my life has never been hard from the
standpoint that I've never lost a child; I've never had one of my
children get real sick. You know, I had some rough times with my
parents, but they were in their 80s...those things happen at that age.
I don't want anybody to think that I ever had a tough time, you know.
I had some issues that I had a hard time dealing with...but in the realm
of my life in terms of it ever being BAD, compared to people that
really have problems, that's not what I was trying to say in the book.
Question: Yes...your book, in its essence, is a book about wrestling.
Ric Flair: I was merely telling wrestling stories. And telling about some
of the things that I went through, both as a performer and as a
person. And some of the things that got under my skin...which in a lot
of cases I should have dealt with differently. If I'm mad at anybody
about those things, I'm mad at myself.
Towards the end with WCW, I just didn't want to go through another
lawsuit, spending more money on attorneys...I mean, otherwise, I would
have left WCW long before.
Question: This is when Eric Bischoff fired you in 1998 for breach of
contract, allegedly for your going to your son Reid's AAU wrestling
tournament. And as you said in the book, at that point you didn't even
have a contract with WCW! And then you counter sued him...and later you
finally decided to settle it.
Ric Flair: I know they would have gone out of their way to make my life
miserable...again. If I had been smart, really smart, and not wanted
back in the business...like I said in the book, I should have keep my
lawsuit in place and I would have been rich---rich beyond belief.
Question: Well, Ric, you were flat out in a tough position there. I
mean, any decision you made, probably had some downsides for you.
Ric Flair: But resolving it any other way would have been a terrible way
to end up my career. Being in a huge lawsuit with Time-Warner over
somebody that treated me like sh*t. I mean, that would have been
hardly the way, the last way, anybody would have wanted to end up
their career. You know what I mean?
Question: Surely...that would have undoubtedly been even worse on you.
It's great to read in the book, how things have been so much more
positive for you since you returned to WWE after WCW bit the dust in
Ric Flair: Yeah, that's entirely true. I had no idea that I still had that
kind of respect from those kind of people. I had no idea that I had
that kind of rapport with people.
I mean, when somebody has convinced you that you're not worth anything
to anybody anymore, and they spend a lot of time doing it...you start
believing it yourself. Does that make sense?
Question: Of course. And it's very clear from the book that Bischoff
and those later years in WCW took quite a toll on you. Still, for all
of us fans who always think of Ric Flair as the epitome of
self-confidence, it's pretty amazing to now know that you battled that
significant period of self-doubt. But I think it just goes to show
that we're all human...even Ric Flair!
Ric Flair: Like I wrote in the book...the first time I talked to Vince about
that I'm sure they were going, 'What???'
Question: Well, I think that's what makes the book so fascinating.
Because people are going to see a side of you that they never knew
existed. And very few people at the time knew about.
Ric Flair: Well, yes, and it's the truth. I'm not sure how it will all
play out. None of this was written to hurt anybody's feelings.
Question: You mean your book as a whole?
Ric Flair: Yes. Anybody I said something about...said something about me.
And if they're mad about it, then they're a hypocrite. Those people
had no problems saying things about me.
Question: That's right...in the book your comments are almost always in
direct response to what someone has already said about you.
Ric Flair: Like the stuff with Hulk Hogan. You know Hogan and I...the best
thing about Hogan and I is that we agree to disagree.
And Hulk...I make no bones about Hulk Hogan---he always took care of
himself. I mean, that's always the way he operated.
Question: No doubt about that.
Ric Flair: He was that way, always has been...and I'm sure he'll continue to
be that way. But he doesn't care!
That's the difference between Hogan and I. When I leave, I'd rather
have the respect of and the relationships I have with all these
people...from the McMahons to the wrestlers. And have that level of
respect and self-esteem...that I have for the conversation I'm having
with you right now.
Rather than walking out the door, you know, angry or mad or upset over
a payoff, or an amount of money, or a position, or a match I had to
win or lose...it isn't worth that to me.
Question: The differences between you and Hogan are striking, to say
Ric Flair: It isn't worth it...that's what I was trying to say. But, it
wasn't that I was knocking Hulk. He's a businessman, and wrestling
comes second to him.
Question: In the book, what really seems to have gotten to you on
Hogan, is when Hogan got your son David in there in a NWO angle in WCW
during 1999 and legitimately whipped the 'you know what' out of him
with a belt. He just went too far with it. You were handcuffed to the
ring ropes as part of the angle, and had to watch it.
Ric Flair: Yeah, and anybody that watched that, knows that too.
And I couldn't even say anything to Hogan after that. You'd be
surprised how that would translate into, 'Oh, you're whining for your
Question: Yeah...pressing it too hard probably would have made things
even worse for David. .
Ric Flair: Exactly.
Question: Well Ric, I know we need to wrap this up soon, you have
another interview scheduled shortly...but I did want to ask you if you
have any book signings lined up in Virginia and the Carolinas---the
Ric Flair: (laughs) Can I tell you something?
Question: Of course.
Ric Flair: (laughs) This is a sad thing, but about half of the WWE staff
here doesn't understand who I am.
Richmond, Norfolk, Charlotte, Columbia, Greenville, Charleston,
Greensboro, Charleston, West Virginia...the staff doesn't know who I am!
Ric Flair: Instead of having me in those towns, they have me going off to
Podunk, Rhode Island, or somewhere, next week...
Question: (laughing hard)
Ric Flair: We could sell 100,000 books in Richmond if I go there...in one
day! I keep trying to tell them that!
Question: You got that right!!
Well, I have seen a couple of your signings already set in North
Carolina, including Charlotte...so I know the Mid-Atlantic area will be
well represented! And the good folks at WWE got you into Richmond for
RAW last Monday, and I saw the Smackdown Pay Per View the night before
in Norfolk, so I'm confident they'll get you back down to Virginia!
I've talked to your publicity folks, and hopefully we'll be able to
post your upcoming book signings, particularly in Virginia and the
Carolinas, on our site.
Ric Flair: Very good.
Question: In closing Ric, could you give a shout-out to all of your
old Crockett fans that we sort of cater to on our website?
Ric Flair: Through the Mid-Atlantic Gateway?
Question: Yes, that would be fantastic!
Ric Flair: (pauses) Hey, this is the Nature Boy Ric Flair and I'll never
forget the 25 years I spent in the Mid-Atlantic. And thanks to all of
you at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, the memories will continue forever.
Thank you. WOOO!
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Question: Wow, I hope that recorded well! Because we can make that an
audio clip that visitors to the site will hear when they access your
interview. If that's permissible, we'll try to do that.
Ric Flair: Oh sure! No problem.
Question: I think that will be a great addition to your interview...an
audio greeting from 'The Man' himself!
Ric Flair: Thank you, sir, very much.
Question: Ric, we are honored that you would take time to be a part of
our website. We really appreciate you and everyone at WWE for making
us a part of this publicity tour for your book. We're certainly
delighted to help spread the good word to the Mid-Atlantic community
about Ric Flair: To Be the Man.
Ric Flair: Thank you. Thank you very much, David
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