Source: JR’s BBQ
The WWE’s Jim Ross commented on the upcoming WWE Hall of Fame induction of the Four Horsemen with Ric Flair, and gave his opinion on whether TNA should allow the induction:
“How can TNA allow Ric Flair to attend the WWE HOF Induction Ceremony to be with the Four Horsemen? Logically, how could they not? How does it hurt TNA? Why would any logical business want to deprive one of their people a well deserved moment of recognition from their fan base? Plus, comparing WWE and TNA as if it was the second coming of the Monday Night Wars is laughable. To me, this matter is much to do about nothing. Ric Flair comes to Miami and is with the Horsemen to be recognized for distinguished service to the business and then he returns to TNA to resume whatever it is that he’s doing.
Why isn’t Ole Anderson being inducted? 1. Ole publicly said that he wasn’t interested. 2. Ole is unfortunately dealing with health issues. No fan or wrestling professional can intelligently say that Ole Anderson isn’t deserving of any honor the business has to bestow. He was an intelligent executive, a tough, physical and sound fundamental wrestler who had a long, productive career. When a wrestler says they aren’t interested then a company should respect such wishes and move on.
How come every incarnation of every Horseman entity isn’t being recognized? I’m not aware of why but to me it makes no sense to recognize every wrestler that had a proverbial cup of coffee as a Horseman. WWE decided to go with the group that they felt was the most viable and I happen to agree that the quartet of Flair, Arn, Tully, and Windham, along with manager JJ Dillon, was the best all around in ring grouping of the famous faction. That doesn’t mean that statement is right or wrong but only that it’s my personal opinion.”
I find JR’s logic a little flawed. He acts as if TNA is being silly if they do not allow Flair to participate, the same WWE that released one of the Highlanders for merely attending a TNA taping. Let’s not kid ourselves, this is not a non profit Hall of Fame. The WWE will be making big bucks off of the ceremony and related Horsemen DVD’s and merchandise. TNA should rightly seek compensation if they can for the use of their contracted talent in this promotion.