It should be no surprise that Ric Flair was the highlight of a rather lackluster Monday Night Raw this week. While the interaction between the 16-time World champion and the current WWE champion CM Punk was a good give-and-take between the past and the present, it was Flair who stole the show.
And then some.
It is unknown at the moment whether Flair, who was released from his duties with TNA earlier this year, will have a meaningful part in the company moving forward into 2013; however, the reception Flair received in Philadelphia proves he is still a showstopper.
Sorry, Shawn Michaels.
Flair is an asset the WWE can use and take advantage of in so many ways. Maybe as a "consultant" to Randy Orton or a mentor to Ryback, or maybe he will finally jump on the back of Dolph Ziggler and lead the WWE to a World Championship.
There are so many ways we could see Flair in and out of the ring.
What I saw Monday night was an invigorated Flair who was alive and in style. And he brought it against The Shield with the aid of Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ryback. Ultimately, I see Flair back in the situation he is used to—one of the dirtiest players in the game.
The WWE is ideal for Flair right now, and Flair (with his daughter still under a developmental contract with the company) is ideal for the WWE. And who knows, could we have seen a foreshadow of things to come? Could we have seen the true future of the WWE last night?
I have had a theory for a few weeks concerning The Shield that a current or past WWE superstar is at the bottom of this "invasion" and maybe here is where the insertion of Flair would be another way to help get Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Another "Horsemen" stable, anyone?
Seriously, it could work. Flair's work in TNA was to be an associate with Fortune and help Bobby Roode, James Storm, AJ Styles and Kazarian reach the pinnacle of the company. And then, like Flair fashion, he turned on them.
This could be the same situation of sorts. And that kind of angle, whether it looks like a copycat of TNA is perfect for the WWE right now.
With everything so scattered with planning and how the Raw program seems to be unraveling with CM Punk's injury, AJ Lee throwing us a curveball and John Cena in purgatory, we need a little more excitement besides Ryback, the return of The Rock and The Shield.
Flair, for certain, provides that.