Ric Flair In NWA Hall Of Fame?, Concern Over Low RAW Rating

Ryan Clark

The NWA sent out the following today: Charlotte, NC (May 30, 2008) â<80>” The word legend is thrown around a lot these days, but “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair is the very definition of the word and the National Wrestling Alliance® will be inducting him into the NWA┢ Hall of Fame on June 7th at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA! Flair is an icon of Pro Wrestling and has collected 16 World Heavyweight Championships including 8 recognized by the NWA┢, 6 by World Championship Wrestling and 2 for World Wrestling Entertainment. Flair was also the leader of “The Four Horsemen,” a dominant group of fighters that ruled the Pro Wrestling world for many, many years. “With Ric Flair’s involvement, I’d say our 60th Anniversary event is truly going to be a history making one. I have been around the NWA┢ longer than anyone and I can tell you this marks the first time in close to 20 years that Flair is going to step into an NWA┢ building,” said NWA┢ Executive Director Robert K. Trobich, he continued “Atlanta this is a great homecoming for many of these men, I mean Rich, Sheik, The Midnights, Koloff and Flair at the site of the old Omni? I hope every wrestling fan in Atlanta comes out and shows the support these men earned and deserved. This may be the greatest Class we’ve ever inducted.” Since the year 2000, Flair has wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment on their RAW and Smackdown brands. Earlier this year he lost a match at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, FL that required him to retire ending a storied 30 plus year career. Today Flair acts a WWE Ambassador, representing the company at special events. The 2008 NWA┢ Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on June 7th in Atlanta, GA. It is a featured attraction during the NWA┢ 60th Anniversary event. Tickets to this event are on sale now at ticketmaster.com or the Philips Arena Box Office.

The low RAW rating got many talking backstage in WWE this week. People are worried that the drop is part of a pattern, and not due to Memorial Day or the NBA Playoffs, but also think that the high number of people who now DVR RAW is hurting their rating. The fact that Vince McMahon is doing the $1 million giveaway promotion shows that WWE knows they need to get ratings up.

WWE is set to return to Salisbury, MD on 8/10 with a Raw event at the Wicomico Youth Center.

Triple H will be taking part in a documentary on Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The Hollywood Reporter has more on this story.

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