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Ric Flair: Roman Reigns should have beat Finn Balor, Cruiserweights will never headline WrestleMania

The second part of Ric Flair’s interview with Shawn Michaels is available now on The Ric Flair Show podcast. Before he talked with Shawn, Flair gave his thoughts on the current scene in WWE.

Flair said that the match with his daughter Charlotte and Sasha Banks was the greatest women’s match that he’s ever seen on TV and he has finally got his daughter convinced that losing doesn’t matter. He said that he’s extremely happy for both women and Charlotte was very happy with her performance. Flair said that he’s a fan of the new format of Raw. Flair said that he heard that Sasha and Charlotte will wrestle again at SummerSlam.

He said, “I mean, last night [at] SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler, man. I mean, [Dolph] finally got his due again. What a great match that was on SmackDown. Dolph won. Now he goes against [Dean Ambrose] at SummerSlam. That match is long overdue for my friend, Dolph.” Flair gave a birthday shout out to Dolph and Triple H.

He continued, “I think last night…that was really a good match at the end. I watched the entire show. Bray Wyatt coming back means so much to the product. John Cena looked great. Of course, AJ Styles is off the hook. I think that [Ziggler’s win] caught everybody off guard, which is really good for TV and good for the company. He’s had the push before, but sometimes you just get lost in the shuffle. There’s a ton of talent there. Of course, the returning Randy Orton was spectacular and Randy, when he’s healthy, he’s the best performer in our business right now unless Hunter is working, so I’m so happy for Randy to be back. I think everything’s great!”

Flair put over the production and he said that people were telling him that Smackdown was better than Raw but he didn’t necessarily agree with that. He also talked about Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor from Monday night. Flair said, “I thought Roman should have won. I know Finn Balor to say ‘hi’ only. I’m a big fan of Roman Reigns. I’ll be honest with you…Finn Balor reminds me of Dynamite Kid. They’re very similar in appearance, same kind of work, and, I mean, he’s a great performer. I’m certainly not taking anything away from his performance or the match, but I’m a fan of Roman Reigns, so I’m saying something that I’m partial about. I think Roman, to me, has one of the greatest looks ever in the business. He’s as handsome as can be. He speaks well. He got his self-confidence back. He has been through some ups and downs, which we all go through in life, but, I mean, I’m just a big fan of his. That doesn’t take anything away from Finn Balor and where I think where I see Dolph against [Dean Ambrose] as being huge at SummerSlam, I see that as being a bigger match than I see Finn Balor versus Seth Rollins. I just think Seth got too much experience. And like I said before about Randy, Seth Rollins is the second Randy Orton. He’s that good.”

Flair added, “If I’m looking at what’s going to draw money, what I would pay to see, I would pay to see Dolph against Ambrose before I’d pay to see Finn Balor against Seth Rollins. So I think it’s phenomenal. I think Finn Balor is great too. I just think you’ve got a legitimate heavyweight in Seth Rollins, a legitimate heavyweight in Roman Reigns, and I don’t think we’ll ever see the day, and I could be totally wrong, that a cruiserweight will ever main event a WrestleMania. And that’s kind of what you have to look at, I think, in the total picture of the business.” Flair’s co-host Conrad Thompson asked if Flair considered Balor a cruiserweight. Flair said, “he’s of that size. If you look at the two of them side by side, he’s got a great physique, gosh, but he’s smaller. Yeah, I don’t think he weighs 200 pounds.”

You can listen to The Ric Flair show with special guest, Shawn Michaels by clicking on the player below:


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