As we know, it appears that Ric Flair is passing the "Figure Four" leg-lock torch to The Miz.
Apparently, this was supposed to be Dolph Ziggler's spot.
The current storyline where The Miz is being pushed as the "next Ric Flair" was originally earmarked for Dolph Ziggler. With Ziggler, the idea was going to be more of Flair being his manager but Ziggler was going to be given the Figure Four and doing the same gimmick Miz is doing as a babyface.
Ultimately, this would have been a terrible move for Ziggler. Let's face it—he is solid on the mic and doesn't need Ric Flair's presence to put him over. The fact is, Ziggler has done pretty well for himself with or without a managerial presence. Overall, Ziggler's best work is done when he represents himself.
Honestly, as much as I am a fan of Flair, it would have bothered me to see these two paired together. Yes, they probably would have played off of each other well and the dynamic would have made for some funny segments. However, I feel it would have been detrimental to Ziggler's career.
As it would appear, the focus would probably have been around Flair being a mentor for "The Showoff," rather than it being a mutually beneficial partnership. Not to mention, Ziggler really doesn't need Flair or his finisher to make him a star, as it appears the WWE is already invested in the platinum blonde's career.
Generally speaking, if Flair is going to be a mainstay in the WWE, I would like to see him mentor stars that have a great ring presence but help need on the mic. Flair would be better served as a manager for Kofi Kingston, Brock Lesnar or Wade Barrett—especially considering stars like Ziggler and The Miz can handle their own in a war of words.
In the end, we will have to wait and see if Flair's influence will help or hurt The Miz. Either way, this move should make for some interesting TV in the weeks to come.
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