I'd like to have your opinion on this following idea of mine.
You were a Horseman for five years and know Ric Flair as well as anybody can; so, you tell me what the odds would have been to see the scenario that follows unfold...
WrestleMania 24: Ric Flair decides to do the RIGHT THING.
He catches Shawn Michaels' boot, blocking that silly "sweet chin music" finisher and swiftly changing the storyline agreed upon for the match. He nails HBK with a low blow and tosses him out of the ring - because the referees would only do as VKM tell them to do anyway. Then, probably, Arn and several others could join him in the ring - and he'd speak out much longer than he did on that final RAW appearance...
"No, Vince McMahon - this is not the way the GREATEST CAREER IN ALL OF WRESTLING will end. Not in this lifetime, pal! Woooooooooo!"
You recognize his style there, hmm?
"I did say that I would NEVER RETIRE... And I am NEVER GOING TO RETIRE in one of your creations, pal! THIS is NOT the "grand-daddy of 'em all" - and don't YOU ever say that it is, J.R. - EVER AGAIN! You SELL-OUT!"
Okay, maybe the attack on Jim Ross could be omitted... He has it coming though.
"I-WILL-RETIRE-ONLY-ON-THE-TRUE-GRANDEST-STAGE-OF-THEM-ALL - and that is STARRCADE! Wooooooooooooo! The TRUE grand-daddy of them all - and you RESENT IT, Vince, still to this day, you RESENT THAT YOU DIDN'T HAVE THE VERY FIRST PAY-PER-VIEW IN THE HISTORY OF WRESTLING! It wasn't YOU, pal, and it sure wasn't any of your creations; it was ME, it was REAL WRESTLING, it was the NWA, it was Jim Crockett, it was your competition, pal! The same competition that ran with you, neck-in-neck, for YEARS; YEARS, pal - just like I said on the final WCW NITRO!"
Wouldn't that have been grand, huh? And then he would wrap with this:
"And that's the way it's going to be, Vince; I will be having my final match on STARRCADE, or I will NEVER RETIRE... officially! And that's the bottom line 'cause the true icon... the living legend... the dirtiest player in the game - playing one more on *you* tonight... the limousine-riding, jet-flying, wheeling-dealing, kiss-stealing son-of-a-gun... the 22-time World Heavyweight Champion - 22, not 16 Vince... the only king of wrestling kings... the NATURE BOY... RIC FLAIR... said so! Wooooooooooooooo!"
And then a final accomplice shows up - Steve Austin? Everyone who's ever been part of the NWA/WCW tradition, basically, should have been part of such an insurrection...
Note my manoeuver to "deblasphemize" the oft-used blasphemous title bestowed upon Jean-Paul Levesque aka Triple H; confining it to their field and setting things in proper order while we're at it, within its confines still.
My question is, Mr. Blanchard - would Ric Flair have considered doing this, if someone had proposed it to him (even if it meant renouncing all the profits bound to be made with future merchandizing sales?) - would he have done this?"
Born in the Age of Aquarius, destined to seek out truths in many an art form, trained as a historian and a journalist but truly a prose-lover... Luciano is out to dispel any clichés and reinvent them all both to the tune of a little something called the truth as also to his own image - being old-fashioned, he does not mind that distinction one infinitesimal tiny bit at all...! "There are two ways to spread the light; be the candle... or the mirror that reflects It." I have chosen to be the latter... okay? ~*~ "To be not only a seeker of light... but a dream weaver of light" ~*~ For as surely as the moon reflects the light from the sun, you and I can reflect the Light from Above - and be, indeed, the light of this world! ~*~*~*~