Flair On Reigns/Balor Outcome: "No Cruiserweight Will Headline WrestleMania"

During the latest edition of his “Ric Flair Show” podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair gave his take on the first week of post-draft television in WWE. Below are some of the highlights:

On the first SmackDown Live, where Dolph Ziggler became No. 1 contender to WWE title:

“I mean, [Tuesday] night [at] SmackDown, Dolph Ziggler, man. I mean, [he] finally got his due again. What a great match that was on SmackDown. Dolph won. Now he goes against [Dean Ambrose] at SummerSlam. And that match is long overdue for my friend, Dolph.” Flair continued, “that was really a good match at the end. I watch the entire show. Bray Wyatt coming back means so much to the product. John Cena looked great. And, of course, AJ Styles is off the hook. And I think that [the match’s outcome] caught everybody off guard, which is really good for TV and good for the company. He [has] had the push before, but sometimes you just get lost in the shuffle. There’s a lot of talent there. And, of course, the returning Randy Orton was spectacular and when he’s healthy, he’s the best performer in our business right now unless [Triple H] is working, so I’m so happy for Randy to be back. I think everything’s great!”

On thinking Roman Reigns should have beaten Finn Balor on Monday’s RAW:

“I thought Roman should have won. And I know Finn Bálor to say ‘hi’ only. I’m a big fan of Roman Reigns. And I’ll be honest with you: Finn Bálor reminds me of ‘The Dynamite Kid’. Does that make sense? They’re very similar in appearance, same kind of work, and, I mean, he’s a great performer. God, 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 [professional wrestling] 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 Bálor 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 to see Finn Bálor versus Seth Rollins. I just think Seth [has] got too much experience. And like I said before about Randy, Seth Rollins is the second Randy Orton. He’s that good.”

On Balor being too small to headline WrestleMania:

“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 Bálor against Seth Rollins, so I think it’s phenomenal. I think Finn Bálor 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 what you have to look at, I think, in the total picture of the [professional wrestling] business.” Flair added, “he’s of that [cruiserweight] size. I mean, if you look at the two of them side by side, he [has] got a great physique, gosh, but he’s smaller. Yeah, I don’t think he weighs 200 pounds.”

Check out the complete episode of the Ric Flair Show at RicFlairShow.com.

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