WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair has named the two Superstars who he believes are currently the best in the wrestling business.
Flair is one of professional wrestling’s all time greatest top stars. The American began his career in the early 1970s as a part of AWA, before eventually signing with the then-WWF in 1991.
‘The Nature Boy’ only spent two years in the company, however, and moved to WCW. Most fans know him for his second spell with WWE, where he was an active competitor between 2001 and 2009.
Flair engaged in multiple memorable rivalries against the likes of Edge, Eddie Guerrero and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. He also founded the villainous stable Evolution alongside Triple H. The group also contained future WWE legends Randy Orton and Batista.
The American did wrestle sporadically in other companies, such as TNA, but has never returned to the ring in WWE. Now officially retired, Flair has had a career that many can only dream of, making his voice an effective one when it comes to judging today’s top stars.
Ric Flair names his top two wrestling stars today
He elaborated (quotes via WrestlingNews): “Randy just celebrated his 20th anniversary. I was there the day he started. Randy is just getting going. Barring an injury, Randy will be the best wrestler in the business for a long time. Until those two [Orton and Charlotte] decide to go home, they will be the best in the business.
“With the shape she is in, the condition she’s in, and the athletic ability at a higher level than I’ve ever seen it, until she wants to walk away [when she will carry on until].
“She gets better every day. That’s unheard of.”
She most recently held the SmackDown Women’s Championship, which she lost to Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania Backlash. Charlotte is one of the most charismatic Superstars on the female roster, whilst her in-ring ability and promo skills are up there with the best in the company.
Orton, meanwhile, is a 20-time champion in WWE and is arguably the most talented in-ring performer in the company today.
As Flair mentioned, the 42-year-old recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with WWE, and is going as strong as ever. He is currently one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions, teaming up with Riddle.
Speaking to the Ringer Wrestling Show in January, Orton stated that he would likely hang up his wrestling boots when he turns 50. That means fans have at least another eight years of ‘The Viper’ to enjoy.
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