Before Flair returned and offered his figure-four leg lock to The Miz on the 20th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw, there was some speculation that Flair would return to manage Dolph Ziggler.
I, for one, was intrigued and excited about the possibility of this happening. Ziggler has all of the traits of those who have been compared to Flair in the past (like Curt Hennig and Shawn Michaels): incredible athleticism, charisma and distinct personality.
When Flair did not go on to manage Ziggler, I was only slightly disappointed, because the plans for Flair as a manager could be for superstars lower on the card or on NXT.
Whoever is managed by Flair will have an opportunity to receive an incredible rub. The only downside is that the superstar managed by Flair needs to have at least some of the charisma Flair does to keep up with him. If Flair is paired with someone who lacks charisma, there is little Flair can do to help, other than act as just a mouthpiece.
I am not sure who Flair would serve best as a manager, as of this writing. In the role of a manager, though, Flair would be assured of camera time at least weekly, and he would definitely add excitement to WWE programming.
Recently, Flair returned from an NXT tour in Australia, where he was in the corner of his daughter, NXT superstar Charlotte (per ewrestlingnews.com). Is this a sign of events to come?
Most recently, Flair worked the corner for The Miz, as evidenced by the Old School Raw episode. The Miz and Ric Flair work extremely well together, but I do not see the partnership lasting. If Flair continues to work with The Miz, I hope that he soon turns on The Miz and returns to be “The Dirtiest Player in the Game.”
A Flair heel turn one last time, managing another pro-wrestler against The Miz, could be very exciting and show a new generation of fans just how great of a heel Flair can be.
Flair can still take a bump or two, and as a heel manager he could take some funny bumps to liven up whoever he manages.