Late last year, 16-time World Heavyweight Champion ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair’s mere survival after catastrophic organ failure was considered a miracle, as he was too weak to open a Gatorade bottle and didn’t recognize his own daughter. Now mere months later, Naitch is making a guest appearance on the Royal Rumble pre-show panel and, in a sentence ending I’m about to type, winning a KFC-sponsored Royal Rumble to become the latest WWE Colonel Sanders. This title was previously held by Shawn Michaels.
The KFC Colonel Rumble appeared as a commercial during the Royal Rumble proper and included The Miz, Breezango, Goldust — the “most bizarre Colonel” Corey Graves had ever seen — and more. Flair was the final entrant, and wore a Colonel Sanders-themed Ric Flair robe to the ring in the single greatest chicken-related WWE moment of all time.
This title is legit, as there’s already a WWE-produced shirt made in celebration.
The back reads, as best we can decipher:
You’re talkin’ to the mealin’ and dealin, bucket fillin’, chicken fyin’, pot pie-in, sonuva gun. And I’m havin’ a hard time not seasonin’ every (???) one a ya. Woooooooo!
KFC is burning through Colonels these days, as country star Reba McEntire was announced as the first female Colonel on Friday. Does Flair replace her, or are we moving forward with concurrent Colonels?
Anyway, join us again around WrestleMania to see if they convinced Stone Cold Steve Austin to put on one of those wigs.