Jim Ross On Heat Between Jerry Lawler & Ric Flair In 1989

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During a recent episode of “Grilling JR”, Jim Ross discussed the heat between Ric Flair and Jerry Lawler during 1989. An infamous incident took place during a radio show that saw Ric Flair go off on Lawler and his credibility. Ross noted that they weren’t involved in any type of angle together and Flair’s feelings were in fact legitimate. Here are the highlights:

On Ric Being Legitimately Upset With Lawler:

Absolutely. He wasn’t setting up for an angle, or for another match. He was offended that Jerry would make some of his — you know, Lawler’s promos from a quality standpoint are hard to beat. And Lawler just, as a heel or baby face — and especially, especially in Memphis — he was incredible. Not that he wasn’t incredible in other places, but Memphis, that’s where the throne was for the King. Memphis, Tennessee. So I think sometimes Jerry, because he had the autonomy, he didn’t have a … he wasn’t being filtered, I should say. No filter for the King in Memphis. And then sometimes none of us have filters, that we kind of go into business for ourselves and it’s not always the right decision. I’ve done that myself, on this show. But I think it was personal, and Ric took it personally.

On Seeing Similar Personality Traits In Both Men:

Quite honestly, if you really want to get down to brass tacks, those two guys are about as highly skilled as anyone I’ve been around in pro wrestling. And they have so much in common away from the ring, quite frankly. Partying, enjoying the ladies, things of that nature, even though Lawler don’t drink.

On The Feud Being Personal:

So I don’t know, I just think it’s personal. Because we weren’t going anywhere with it, not that that wouldn’t have, that might have been the best match of the night, Lawler vs. Flair if it had ever come about. It didn’t come about on the national stage, but it came about several times in Memphis, and I’m sure some of those promos leading into it were offensive to Naitch.

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