Ric Flair Gives His Take on Why WWE Released William Regal: “That’s a Horrible Thing Because It’s a Business for Them”

Published 01/13/2022, 12:28 AM EST
MIAMI, FL – JANUARY 17: Ric Flair attends Magic City Comic Con on January 17, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)


WWE has become known for firing and releasing pro-wrestlers from contracts out of the blue. Now, there are some such as Ric Flair who apparently asked for their own release, but even there WWE was shown in a bad light.

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During Flair’s conversation with Mark Wadden on his podcast, The Nature Boy discussed why WWE performed a mass release for WWE NXT recently.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 26: Professional wrestler Ric Flair of ‘ESPN’s 30 for 30: “Nature Boy”‘ speaks onstage during the ESPN portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

“That’s a horrible thing. Because it’s a business for them. In the end, I don’t know the numbers. But, if NXT is not making money, they can’t keep paying people. So I don’t know the answer to that. But I look at the ratings. You know, just like why I’m watching every show I can possible. And also I can talk to you intelligently about these things. But the ratings are everything. So who knows?”

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While it is about the business, there are times when WWE seems to make it personal. In fact, Flair believes this is what happened with his release.

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During the same conversation, Flair touched upon his release and parting of ways with WWE. Reportedly, he asked for his own release, but some reports claim Vince McMahon called for his release after he tried to interfere with Charlotte Flair’s storyline.

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Ric Flair revealed that he wanted to go in a personal direction, but it was Nick Khan who made things personal and buried him.

“So just because I didn’t want to work there, and I want to do stuff like this, so that I can reflect on my career, Nick, he buries me. So what do you do? And getting back to this? How and I need someone to explain this to me.. how in God’s green earth, how do you take The Flairs and take that brand and not make it a fixture of that company?”

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There was quite a bit of controversy around Ric Flair’s release. Nevertheless, The Nature Boy did praise Vince McMahon, Triple H, and others for helping him when he was at his lowest.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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