TNA could have frowned at the WWE’s request of allowing their contracted performer, Ric Flair, to appear at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. However, they did the right thing by respecting wrestling history, allowing Flair to appear with his Four Horsemen members this Saturday.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is a special time for past superstars to be recognized for their trailblazing work that has set the stage for today’s superstars.
TNA could have been selfish by saying their talent is off limits from the WWE, or demanding the world from the WWE to obtain the rights to Flair for the appearance.
However, the terms between the WWE and TNA have not been disclosed as to why Flair is allowed to appear on WWE programing despite being under TNA contract. From The Sun, both Flair and TNA’s President, Dixie Carter said about the Hall of Fame honor:
Flair said: "Being inducted once was one of the greatest accomplishments of my career.
"I'm humbled and honored to be recognized again. I wouldn't miss the ceremony for the world."
TNA President Dixie Carter added: "We are proud of Ric's many accomplishments and contributions he has made to the world of professional wrestling and beyond.
"We wish to congratulate him on yet another honor he truly deserves."
Before Flair received permission from his current employer, he said at an autograph signing that he would be at the Hall of Fame with the rest of the Horsemen. According to that same article from The Sun, the WWE promoted Flair for the Hall of Fame before contacting TNA about Flair’s availability.
TNA could have snubbed the WWE saying that Flair was not allowed to appear on WWE programing, and if he did he would be risking termination from the company.
Instead, TNA was smart in respecting wrestling history allowing Flair—who is the face of the Horsemen—to walk onto the stage to accept the award with Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham.
TNA may not get recognition from the WWE during Flair’s Hall of Fame speech, or during the event. But, they gained the respect of the wrestling world by letting history be respected, and being able to come to an agreement with their competition.