Ric Flair’s “30 For 30” Director Comments On Plane Ride From Hell Controversy & More


As many fans may know by now, the recent documentary from Dark Side of the Ride documented the 2002 “Plane Ride From Hell”, an overseas plane ride that occurred with many WWE Superstars and staff conducting themselves in a very inappropriate & unprofessional manner with the flight attendants, along with alcohol and drug abuse and various “ribs” that went way too far. This included a story regarding the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, who was accused of sexual assault/harassment of a flight attendant as he appeared to her with only his robe on, with the attendant saying that he made her touch his penis.

Rory Karpf, who directed the Nature Boy documentary for ESPN, spoke with Wrestling Inc and discussed the allegations made against Flair in last week’s Dark Side of the Ring special.

On Dark Side of the Ring: “Well, for starters, I think this series, Dark Side of the Ring, is incredible. To me, it’s one of the best documentary series ever, not just wrestling series, and I told Evan [Husney], one of the creators of it. I messaged him through the years from the Chris Benoit episode to Jimmy Snuka to Owen Hart. I just think they do such an incredible job, and it’s not even necessarily the ‘dark side of the ring’. It’s the human side of the ring.

“The show has a lot of heart, and it doesn’t matter what the episode is, they find a way to emotionally pull you in. You think you’re gonna watch something that’s just going to be comical or funny, like Herb Abrams, and you find yourself crying at the end. I thought the episode was excellent and disturbing, to be honest with you. I couldn’t sleep after watching it. I was up for a few hours, just pretty troubled by what I saw.”

On the allegations made against Flair in the “Plane Ride From Hell” episode: “I’d never heard that he had forced someone to touch his genitals. Everything with Ric that was construed as negative I tried to address in the 30 for 30. His drinking, his philandering, his adultery, his money problems, there’s quite a bit, but never, at least in the people that I spoke to, no one ever brought up that he would force himself on somebody. I did hear about him exposing himself, which to me is still troubling, very troubling behavior, and that is addressed in the 30 for 30.”

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