Rumors have persisted regarding the possible return of Ric Flair to the WWE since his falling out with TNA several months ago. There hasn't been much tangible news, but with Raw set to take place in Flair's hometown of Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, there is a prevailing thought that the Nature Boy could be back in the fold.
According to WrestlingNewsWorld.com, nothing has been confirmed, but Flair apparently fully intends to return to WWE whenever the litigation between WWE and TNA is resolved. TNA has accused WWE of attempting to poach its talent while still under contract with TNA, although no specific examples have been made public.
That lawsuit has made the WWE wary when it comes to hiring former TNA talent, but it is unknown at this time whether or not the two companies are still duking it out. If all is clear on that front, then it would obviously make a lot of sense for Flair to return on Monday. The fact that he canceled an independent booking makes it seem like a real possibility as well.
Having Flair back in any capacity would be fantastic, but the WWE ought to make sure that there is a concrete plan for him if he is going to be appearing regularly. The most common report about Flair's involvement is that he will somehow become a part of the storyline between Vickie Guerrero and A.J. Lee as they struggle for power on Raw.
I'm not really sure what type of vested interest he would have in that angle, but my hope is that it would lead to him becoming Dolph Ziggler's manager. Vickie has been trying to ascend to a position of authority ever since John Laurinaitis was fired as general manager of Raw, and during that time she has put Ziggler on the back burner despite the fact that she is technically still his manager.
I would love to see Flair come back on Raw and tell Vickie that in her haste to seize control of Raw, she has neglected her best asset in Ziggler. Vickie would obviously deny that fact, but it would put Dolph in an interesting position. He could either choose to stay with the manager he has been with for the past couple years, or he could hitch his wagon to one of the greatest superstars of all time.
This is a storyline that could persist for several weeks with both Vickie and Flair accompanying him to ringside for his matches. Perhaps Vickie could inadvertently cost Dolph some matches, leading him to choose Flair. It would be a perfect fit, as their personae are somewhat similar and Ziggler even does the Flair strut on occasion, so there is an obvious connection.
I don't believe that Ziggler necessarily needs a manager, but Flair can't do anything but help him. He is a 21-time world champion, and he has worn the big gold belt that Ziggler is pursuing on several occasions, so it can said that Flair knows what it takes to reach the pinnacle. Also, Flair is universally respected by the fans, so that will only make Ziggler look even more credible in terms of being a future World Heavyweight Champion.
Ziggler has been booked very poorly since winning the Money in the Bank contract, as he has lost to both Chris Jericho and Randy Orton on pay-per-view and has lost countless other matches on Raw and SmackDown, so his stock is pretty low right now. I can't think of a better way to give him an instant boost than pairing him with a WWE Hall of Famer in Flair.
Flair may not be able wrestle anymore, but his appearance at the Hall of Fame ceremony the night before WrestleMania proved that he can still cut a promo and captivate the audience like few others ever have. His talents should be utilized to get a rising star like Ziggler over, and I'm fairly confident that will be the case if he does return.
The importance of a good manager has been forgotten by many, as they are almost like an endangered species, but they can be a huge help in the right situation. Ziggler and Flair seems like the perfect combination, and we can only hope that the WWE decides to pull the trigger.