Date: July 7, 2004
Length: 70 minutes
RIC FLAIR BOOK COVER: "TO BE THE MAN"
Few people have followed and studied and been there first-hand for Ric Flair's career than Torch columnist Bruce Mitchell. Mitchell has seen Flair in main events everywhere from New York to Florida to California to the Carolinas. Wrestling's most respected analyst and columnist for the last 15 years reviewed Ric Flair's autobiography in this week's Torch Newsletter. In today's special new audio feature, Mitchell goes into even more depth on areas of Ric Flair's book and career that he didn't cover in his feature column this week.
In this special audio feature, a 69 minute interview Mitchell by Torch editor Wade Keller, Mitchell and Keller pick their five favorite Flair opponents of all time, plus the following discussion points are covered in great depth: Was Flair overly harsh in his criticism of Mick Foley, Eric Bischoff, and Bret Hart... Is Flair's book the best WWE wrestler autobiography, and what are its strengths and weaknesses compared to Mick Foley's, Steve Austin's, Hulk Hogan's, and The Rock's... Flair's run as booker and why it didn't work out well despite his passion for wrestling... How much of what Flair said might have been written to placate or kiss up to Vince McMahon and Triple H...
Which matches and feuds defined Flair's career, and whether he gave proper credit to them in his book... When the true Ric Flair Headliner era ended, who his opponent was, and how some of his very good matches since then fit into his overall career... Flair's rivalry with Hulk Hogan over the years and whether Flair has a realistic perspective on their places in history in relation to each other... Is Ric Flair the greatest wrestler of all-time? What were his strengths and weaknesses in comparison to other greats? Does Flair believe he is the greatest of all time based on what he wrote in his book?... Much, much more!
BONUS LINK: MITCHELL FEATURE COLUMN REVIEWING FLAIR'S BOOK