The popular series Dark Side of the Ring aired it’s latest episode, and now we have to ask: could certain allegations cost Ric Flair a shot with AEW, as that episode caused Tommy Dreamer to be suspended from Impact.
Could Allegations Cost Ric Flair
It is an interesting question, and one which fans are waiting to find out the answer to.
This question pops up because the show just covered the much-discussed “Plane Ride From Hell” (also the name of the episode in question).
If you somehow were not aware of the sordid stories, the episode is worth a watch.
To give a quick summary, there was a chartered flight returning a load of WWE Superstars and staff from a European tour.
Crazy things happened, and we’ve heard many tales over the years. Some seemed crazier than the others…but this effort was perhaps the most thorough.
And it painted Ric Flair in a terrible light.
Specifically, one flight attendant recounted interactions with The Nature Boy that amount to sexual assault.
So, with the WWE Hall of Famer poised to join AEW…could these allegations cost Ric Flair that chance?
Ric flair should never, ever be a part of @AEW.
— Andrew Jackson (@SgtBushMonkey) September 17, 2021
Fans are certainly imploring Tony Khan to think twice about the move.
Chances of Ric Flair now joining #AEW after last nights episode of Dark Side Of The Ring?
can’t imagine Tony Khan allows him on TV seeing the backlash the community seems to have towards him now, right?
I don’t care one way or another…I am just thinking out loud
— JDfromNY (@JDfromNY206) September 17, 2021
That possibility might be the most major initial shoe to drop, but as other fans pointed out…the show revealed much worse questions.
The focus has been on Ric Flair and Tommy Dreamer but man, this is getting overlooked big time by the professional wrestling community…… https://t.co/xu1j1mKAH1
— Jackson McCurry (@JackMcCurry08) September 18, 2021
Tommy Dreamer Suspended From Impact
Ric Flair might have been the most legendary name hit by that episode, but he wasn’t the only one. Tommy Dreamer is now suspended from Impact as a result of the episode.
Tommy Dreamer has officially been suspended indefinitely from Impact! Wrestling, this comes after his comments and takes on the Ric Flair “Plane Ride From Hell” situation displayed on last nights episode of Darkside of the Ring pic.twitter.com/IMyhpXQGVP
— OT/OB (@OTOBHTX) September 17, 2021
So what did Dreamer do?
Well…remember that Ric Flair problem you might have read about? If not…scroll up.
As bad a what Ric Flair did was…Tommy Dreamer effectively defended it.
In this day and age…in ANY day and age…we can’t allow that kind of behavior.
There is simply no excuse, no justification, for anyone to assault or harass someone. And it’s just as bad to defend that person, saying something like “boys will be boys”.
I have to wonder..would Tommy Dreamer be so dismissive of such actions if it happened to one of his own daughters?
One would hope not.
For now, Dreamer finds himself suspended indefinitely, per PWInsider. It’s worth wondering if the company may opt to cut all ties with Tommy Dreamer.
Beyond these two names, several other current and former talents had claims made against them. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens to someone like, say…Brock Lesnar.