There has been discussion all over the internet over the last few days about the announcement that Ric Flair is now selling his time for prom dates to teenage girls and high school reunion dates for older women. While many fans are unsurprised that Flair is offering such a service, most are shocked by the rather high asking price of $100,000.
That number is twice the price he asked to shoot a shoot interview DVD, ten times his normal booking fee, and most likely way out of the league of just about every member of his target audience other than Dixie Carter. It’s also the approximate cost of his bar tab the night of Starrcade ‘83 (which one older wrestler told us was was “a night made even wilder by the tryptophan in the turkey we ate at Rufus R. Jones’ Thanksgiving dinner before the show”).
When we contacted Flair for an explanation, he issued the following statement:
Not that I’ve ever needed to, if you know what I mean, but I’ve paid $100,000 for a date plenty of times. Only for certain women, of course. It didn’t always work, though. The night Reagan was elected, I was wrestling in Florida and wanted to celebrate, so I offered a hundred grand to Barbara Clary, but she cursed me out in Spanish and stormed off.
Anyway, I had no idea anyone would think it was too much. My wife tells me that milk costs $95 a quart nowadays, so I don’t see what the fuss is about.