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More on the Ric Flair/Hall of Fame Situation Between WWE and TNA

– WWE and TNA are still negotiating regarding Ric Flair appearing at the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Miami. At last word, no deal has been made yet but it’s said that TNA isn’t asking for much in return from WWE. TNA is said to be very open to allowing Flair on WWE TV.

Regarding the negotiations, there’s no word yet on what TNA is asking for. Don’t look for WWE to plug TNA’s product in any way but there will likely be some form of compensation for TNA allowing WWE to use their talent.

A WWE source notes that The Rock’s references to Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair on Monday’s RAW Supershow were an indication that in WWE’s general universe, TNA does not exist.


  • Jason

    lol at Spike getting rid of the most popular show on there network by far. That is a funny thought Jon. What will really happen most likly will be Bischoff buying TNA with Spike as he works hand in hand with Spike. I could see Carter, Bischoff and Spike all teaming up to buy all of the stock for TNA. Bye bye Jarrett

    Remember what Bischoff said not to long ago, he has a deal with Spike and that he wants TNA on the road full time.

  • Jon

    Yes there openally allow footage of Flair and Hogan but that footage is from WWE. To be honest like I said I don’t see TNA lasting much longer. It deal with Spike is up this year and I know Spike isn’t going to renew it. And I know other stations won’t pick it up. Heck it was even hard for Smackdown to get on a network before a deal with Syfy. WWE competition isn’t TNA it most defiantly UFC. People are switching more to mma than wrestling and boxing combine. People want some real computation not PG storyline copy stuff. Wrestling need to step up period because just like boxing it dying to MMA.

  • chronoxiong

    Well clearly WWE doesn’t see TNA as competition. It’s plain and simple as to why they don’t care if Hogan and Flair are mentioned on TV.

  • Jon

    Agree with vemon. Unless Vince buy them out WWE will never work with TNA. Competition is a good thing. If WWE and TNA work together it will all and all the same product killing wrestling as we know it.

  • poko

    The biggest problem for any wrestling promotion that tries to grow itself into a television brand is that the WWE has been all alone at the top for so long. Many fankids don’t WANT to cheer for another organization, because they think the WWE should be the entirety of the wrestling universe. When anything rises above indie cult status, they turn against it, I can only guess out of some kind of strange loyalty to WWE. A lot of people don’t remember when storylines and title pictures were kept fresh because you had talent flowing in out and of organizations all over the country. I really miss that.

    Personally, I wish TNA all the best in the world. I think it would be great for wrestling if the number two organization were much closer to the number one organization in terms of what they could pay talent. Unfortunately, many people only care about what is good for the WWE, not good for WRESTLING.

    It would be nice to see TNA and the WWE have a competitive, yet respectful working relationship, though there have probably been too many bridges burned for that to actually happen.

  • Bill

    Honestly, like the others have been saying, instead of trying to fight each other, WWE & TNA should work together.

  • buh buh ray

    Wrestling is getting soft. I miss the old days

  • D2K

    Except for all my typos! :0)

  • Jason

    What D2K said was 100% right on

  • D2K

    The reason why WWE showed Hogan in The Rock’s mintage is because they have the legal right to do so. The Rock was telling a true story, WWE has legal permission to show footage of Hulk Hogan, therefore they did. Has nothing to do with them ignoring TNA or acting as those they “don’t exist.” How stupid and immature of a remark that was. Just because TNA is not a threat to WWE doesn’t mean the ignore it. ECW was never a threat to the WWF, but Vince certainly didn’t ignore them. Vince used ECW undercover as a farm system for future WWF superstars.

    For all we know this could be a olive branch in which the same thing can happen again. Perhaps part of the “revamping” of the developmental division in WE that Triple H was talking about could somehow include TNA as a ‘buffer’ between FCW and WWE.

    One of the things modern wrestlers miss out on is the experience of going through the territories like all the current and future “old-school” (I say that because this wouldn’t apply to wrestler whom started their careers after all the territories were gone) WWE Hall Of Famers had to go through to refine and perfect their craft. We need more federations so that more people have a chance to shine. This also would help clean up WWE by getting raw talent off main shows and only having the best of the best on RAW and Smackdown. Just a thought.

  • “Bad Man” Bigelow

    I don’t think Rock referencing Hogan and Flair had ANYTHING to do with TNA, they’ve been mentioned several times since they’ve been in TNA, and they’re barely on TNA anymore anyway.

  • 1919dpg

    @Bawb that wouldn’t benefit the wwe. it would benefit tna. the best thing for wwe to do is continue to ignore them. there not worth the time.

  • Best In The World

    tna doesent even exist cause its garbage

  • Effmenow

    Agreed. The state of professional wrestling is not as big as it used to be. They should be working together to bring the popularity back. Not the other way around.

  • Bawb

    I said it before, I’ll say it again: I just don’t think WWE and TNA have the same heat/rivalry as WWF and WCW had back in the day. They should push for a more mutual relationship that can possibly benefit each other. Maybe some storyline invasion angles. Nothing was cooler than seeing people jump ship back in the day. Why not have them kayfabe jump ship? Of course, I wouldn’t do this for a long time or a lot, since we’d be confused about who really works for who, but I do think it would be cool to see, especially if they’re not on bad terms.