Vice TV’s Dark Side of The Ring returned tonight looking back at WWE’s infamous "Plane Ride From Hell" incident back in May of 2002.
As you can imagine some of the interviews that took place during the episode have caused something of social media fallout with a number of wrestlers receiving bad attention from the episode.
If you're not familiar with the "Plane Ride from Hell" it was an incident took place when WWE returned from overseas back to the United States from London, England in May 2002.
The seven-hour flight had many WWE personnel and talent on board and become known for a number of incidences that reflected poorly on WWE. The biggest story to come out of that flight was Ric Flair facing sexual harassment allegations from two flight attendants, allegations that he denied and WWE was forced to settle out of court.
During tonight's episode of Dark Side Of The Ring, one of the flight attendants was interviewed and claimed Flair followed her to the galley of the plane, in a robe naked and flashed her his penis, she alleged he put her hand on him. Scott Hall was also accused of sexual harassment on that same flight by attendants.
While the story of Flair has been known somewhat for a while, hearing it from the flight attendant has caused a social media storm with Flair trending and people calling him and Hall out for sexual harassment.
It has also be made worse by the fact ECW original Tommy Dreamer gave an interview on the incident and seemed extremely dismissive of Flair's actions toward the flight attendant, this has led to many online calling out Dreamer and saying they have lost all respect for him.
Some fans are also tweeting Tony Khan to reconsider hiring Flair.
I have never lost respect for someone faster than I have with Tommy Dreamer after this. Holy shit. Also fuck ric Flair pic.twitter.com/zxzv7WXi5g— Basil Cabana (@BasilCabana) September 17, 2021
If that wasn't bad enough, former WWE Superstar Terri Runnels during the episode mentioned a young Brock Lesnar showed her his penis with no other details. Runnels has in the past gone into extensive detail about the incident, and told PWTorch the following in 2004:
"Ewwww! You know what, I’ll tell you something because this is something I’ve never told before, but I’ll go ahead and rat on him. I have no respect for him whatsoever. The reason being—and maybe this is because he was young and dumb, and we’ve all had our young and dumb moments. When he was first in the business, I will never forget we were at a pay—per—view in England, and the girls’ dressing room and some other little room were right next door to each other. Dustin was in this other room watching a monitor and beside Dustin was Brock. He was in the middle. To the right of Brock was Curt Hennig. And I walked next door to say something to Dustin. I forget what. And Brock was sitting there in a towel and Brock opened the towel and exposed himself. And, boy was that a little red penis. I have never seen something so red. I didn’t know skin could be pink like a mouse. I just didn’t understand that could happen. But it was this pink thing. I remember thinking, number one, well, why would you want to show that? Number two, I remember thinking how disrespectful it was. I carry myself as a lady and have for many years."
What I've learned from this #DarkSideOfTheRing episode is that Ric Flair is a cunt, Brock Lesnar is a bitch, this poor flight attendant went through alot of shit that no one should have gone too. And a bunch of wrestlers used to rape woman.— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) September 17, 2021
Indeed. A Plane Ride from HELL pic.twitter.com/Jz2xLhoWxm
That Ric Flair story is pretty damaging. Especially for Dreamer.— Hollywood Holguin (@HollywoodHOLG) September 17, 2021
But not surprising. The old man, always lived his gimmick. And there been rumors for years, of situations such as the one told tonight.
AEW should stay far away. Especially after tonight. #DarkSideOfTheRing
If your name is Tommy Dreamer...— Just Alyx (@JustAlyxCentral) September 17, 2021
If your name is Scott Hall...
If your name is Ric Flair...
You may wanna stay off Twitter for a while. Maybe even delete it...
Heidi Doyle just ended some careers today.
Definitely a Plane Ride from Hell. #darksideofthering
Here’s a video of Ric Flair flashing flight attendants being portrayed in two separate WWE productions—the "30 For 30” episode they co-produced with ESPN and an episode of Story Time on WWE Network—as a happy fun time worthy of happy fun time cartoon portrayals with jaunty music. pic.twitter.com/IzTqiUaVHH— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) September 17, 2021
Tag @TonyKhan and the EVPs about this Ric Flair stuff from Dark Side of The Ring tonight, do it now before Wednesday comes. Because yeah, if Flair was planned to be Andrade's manager or whatever, no....just no. Cancel those plans, don't bring him to the company. Just no.— JCバスケス (JC Vazquez) (@JC1986_) September 17, 2021
@TonyKhan @AEW @CodyRhodes @youngbucks For the love of god, do NOT work with Ric Flair.— Phoenix - ジェイからLIジェイ 2021!!! 😭😭😭 🏳️🌈 (@PhoenixJustice) September 17, 2021
If you're wondering what everyone is @-ing you about, the newest Dark Side of the Ring episode is out and what he did during that plane ride is ABHORRENT.