In 1991, Ric Flair and WCW gaffer Jim Herd had a bust-up that finally sent 'The Nature Boy' styling and profiling off to Vince McMahon with the company's Heavyweight Title in tow.
Beyond losing their biggest star to the opposition, the fallout completely butchered the company's Great American Bash pay-per-view. Traditionally one of the biggest shows of the year, the July showpiece was hijacked by a livid crowd. 'We Want Flair' rang out throughout the evening from an informed audience aware that their product had lost its single biggest attraction.
The former Pizza Hut boss never had his finger on the collective pulse in Atlanta, and completely misread how badly things would go with Flair chased out of town. A replacement main event with a replacement title between Lex Luger and Barry Windham was mercilessly booed out of the building. The hatred had transcended pro wrestling - a corporation was under fire for it's supposed insolence.
Ironically, 'Slick Ric' had remained loyal to the NWA and later WCW in the 1980s when WWE came calling with the hope of giving audiences the all-star dream match of the time. Hogan/Flair was a blockbuster of epic proportions once upon a time, but when McMahon actually got his hands on the match...
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