He might not have had a role in the Royal Rumble this year,
but Ric Flair made an appearance in the same arena on Friday, emerging from a
giant faux Lombardi trophy to praise the Philadelphia Eagles in advance of
Sunday’s Super Bowl.
It was the Nature Boy’s second consecutive appearance at Wing
Bowl 26, an annual, beer-fueled, early morning event that is part wing-eating competition,
part carny sideshow. Flair proceeded to cut a promo about Wing Bowl, the Eagles (predicting they will win Super Bowl LII) and the city of Philadelphia itself (“one of the greatest sporting towns in the
world”) as fans “Wooooed” at him constantly.
Wing Bowl is almost tailor-made for Flair, as it combines a
hard-partying atmosphere with plenty of scantily clad women (many of whom work
for local “gentlemen’s” clubs). At one point, Naitch turned to the young woman
next to him and asked what her name was.
Flair isn’t the first WWE Hall of Famer to participate in Wing
Bowl. In 2015, Mick Foley actually entered as a contestant and was disqualified
for hiding uneaten wings in his fanny pack.
Wing Bowl was concocted in 1993 as a way for Philly sports
fans to enjoy the week before the Super Bowl since Philadelphia professional
sports teams have rarely been in championship games. However, the Eagles
actually are in Super Bowl LII, facing the heavily favored New England
For the record, the winner of Wing Bowl 26, professional
competitive eater Molly Schuyler, devoured 501 chicken wings, beating the
next-closest competitor by more than 100 wings.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.