During an interview with the New York Post, Tony Khan addressed the question of Ric Flair’s involvement in Sting’s retirement match at March’s Revolution. The collaboration originated from a “high-paying sponsorship” deal proposed by Flair’s Wooooo Energy drink company.
“We’re not paying Ric Flair; Ric Flair is essentially paying us,” Khan said. “We’re getting paid by Wooooo Energy for all of his appearances, so we’re collecting revenue from them.” Khan did not go into how much revenue that was.
Ric Flair’s AEW debut came as a surprise “special gift” to Sting on the October 25 episode of AEW Dynamite. This surprise was followed by the announcement of a multi-year (later revealed by Flair to be two years) contract with AEW, coinciding with Wooooo! Energy becoming the official energy drink of the promotion.
Ric Flair recently stated that some people in WWE were upset that he signed with AEW. Speaking with Shannon Sharpe on Club Shay Shay podcast, Flair said:
“I think some people are upset with me now that I went to work at AEW. I don’t know why. If you’re acknowledging, and you think I’ve contributed to the business, and I know I have because I hear it every day, you would think they would let me do whatever I want to do. As long as it doesn’t affect them. I’m not going to get on TV and say ‘AEW is better,’ I’m not doing something stupid. I’m just working. That’s all I know how to do. They’re mad. Not mad, but they did something…I’ll tell you off camera.”