On the latest episode of “Nitty Gritty Dirt Show” on RussosBrand.com, host Billi Bhatti and former WWE writer Vince Russo talked about how sixteen-time WCW and WWE world champion Ric Flair received help from a Great and surprising name for his full-time WWE return to Raw with Lacey Evans, also revealing that Ric Flair himself wanted to stay on WWE programming the entire time. Wrestling-Edge transcribed Bhatti’s comments below.
Bhatti: “My information is this. Ric Flair is one hundred percent committed to being on television. To the point where, I’m told, Ric Flair literally says to WWE, “I want to be on TV” and “Can you put me on TV?” One of Ric Flair’s best friends in the industry is Bruce Prichard. They have been friends since Ric Flair returned to the company between 2002 and 2008 and it was Conrad Thompson who got in touch with Bruce Prichard through Ric Flair. “
Bhatti: “That was a contact that Conrad Thompson wanted and he got it through Ric Flair. Flair said Bruce Prichard would be the best person to do that podcast. So these guys, this whole tight-knit unit is pretty close. Triple H is also quite close to Ric Flair and Flair asks his friend, who is the main booking manager for the show, “Please let me be on the show.”
In other news on “The Nature Boy.” WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash was confronted with a recent Deadspin article that egregiously suggested that “WWE was trying to kill Ric Flair.”
Nash said: “I saw this on a Google feed. The story goes that @WWE doesn’t do a proper job on Covid testing. Complete shit. Every time I’m involved, I’ve been quarantined in a hotel room after being examined and then taken to the arena. I was positive and sent straight home to quarantine. [H/T Ringside News for the following]
Goldberg’s last appearance on WWE Raw revealed
WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg returned to WWE in 2016 after a more than a decade hiatus from the company. He would then defeat Brock Lesnar in a squash match at Survivor 2016 and then win the Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in 2017. He defended his title against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 in one of the show’s main events. As stated in his contract, Vince McMahon can only get him to compete in one more match this year, so it has to mean something. Goldberg also admitted teasing Ric Flair for being too old to be in the ring in the past. Goldberg also sent a bold message to a WWE Superstar a couple of months ago.
Goldberg finally returned to WWE television when he appeared on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW after Bobby Lashley successfully defended his WWE Championship against a returning Keith Lee. Subsequently, Goldberg appeared and challenged Bobby Lashley for a WWE Championship match declaring that he is next.
WWE is also announcing Goldberg for two more appearances on Monday Night RAW. He is scheduled to appear on the August 2 and 16 episode of the show. Raw on August 16 could be Goldberg’s last under his 3-year contract with WWE, signed in the spring of 2019 for 2 matches per year.
Bray Wyatt ‘medical issues’ in WWE Leak
‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt has not been on WWE programming since the April 12 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, recently defeated by Randy Orton at WWE WrestleMania 37 the night before. With this, fans and members of the WWE universe have been wondering where Wyatt has been and how come he hasn’t been fighting in a WWE ring. Bray Wyatt ‘not returning’ to WWE?
In an attempt to answer this, Steve Carrier of Ringside News recently asked about Bray Wyatt’s condition, where he was told that Wyatt’s absence is due to a “medical” issue.
The publisher and owner of Ringside News stated via Twitter: “There are rumors about Bray Wyatt. One story circulating is that he is off WWE television for “personal” reasons. We have been told that your absence is considered “medical” and not personal. It is still advertised for the August 9 RAW in Orlando as well. Stay tuned.”
In other Bray Wyatt news, in a recent interview by Bill Apter, wrestling legend and Bray Wyatt’s uncle, Barry Windham spoke about how his nephew is currently being used in WWE. Credit to SEScoops for the following quotes.
Bray Wyatt ‘broke character’ before WWE SmackDown “I hope he makes the cut in WWE, we’ll just have to see,” Windham said when asked about Bray Wyatt. It’s been (a great performer), it just hasn’t been used properly there. “
However, Windham claimed that he has not seen many of Wyatt’s matches as the Demon in WWE, but has seen the vignettes that he has done as the character. The wrestling legend continued:
“You know I haven’t really seen any of his matches, I’ve only seen some of the little vignettes that he’s done. He was always ready to be a fighter growing up. “
Rumors are circulating about Bray Wyatt. One story circulating is that he is off WWE television for “personal” reasons. We have been told that your absence is considered “medical” and not personal. It is still advertised for the August 9 RAW in Orlando as well. Stay tuned.
– Steve Carrier of Ringside News (@steve_carrier) July 22, 2021
WWE Brings back the world champion for the return match
Samoa Joe will compete in a ring once more. The last time Samoa Joe was in a WWE ring was on the February 10 episode of Raw. Here Joe, Kevin Owens, and The Viking Raiders took on Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy, and AOP in a losing effort. Joe would then work as a color commentator for WWE Monday Night Raw until his release from the company on April 15, 2021. Joe would re-sign in June and be named enforcer to NXT General Manager William Regal. Did Vince McMahon ‘infuriate’ this former NXT star in a text message?
After NXT Champion Karrion Kross strangled Samoa Joe, he laid the groundwork for a possible fight between Kross and Joe. It is now reported that Kross Vs Joe will take place for the Kross NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver 36. The event will take place on August 22, 2021.
In other Samoa Joe news, former NXT Champion Johnny Gargano commented on Joe’s last season with WWE NXT during a recent interview with TV Insider. The NXT mainstay stated: “Samoa Joe is a legend. You cannot replace the mind you have. He has done so many things in this business, even long before WWE. I was a fan of Samoa Joe when I was in high school. Everything he does, he does it successfully.
This fired WWE NXT employee recently leaked his paycheck. Continuing Gargano said: “Having Joe in this new role in NXT brings a breath of fresh air and brings this new dynamic. I am very excited about what he will do in the future. Whenever it is on the screen, it is essential television. “
Credit to Wrestling Observer