Renowned wrestling manager Dutch Mantell has given his opinion on the ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ episode of Dark Side Of The Ring, and in particular focused on the actions of Ric Flair.
It was May 2002 on a flight from the UK back to the US after a European tour where the chaos took place. In the aftermath Scott Hall and Curt Hennig were released from the company, whilst many others were either fined or ended up embroiled in lawsuits.
During the episode, a stewardess from the flight made allegations of sexual harassment against ‘The Nature Boy’.
Speaking with Sportskeeda, Mantell said he had no sympathy for Flair and that this wasn’t a one-off occurrence.
I have no sympathy toward Ric Flair. I have no sympathy at all. Because this is behavior that he did over and over again to varying degrees. Now I have never really been around him, but I’ve heard the rumors – they’ve been around ever since I’ve known Ric Flair.
It wasn’t just Flair who Mantell spoke about, as he went on to discuss how Tommy Dreamer seemed to trivialise the incidents on the flight.
Talking about Tommy Dreamer, like you said, Tommy Dreamer, I don’t know what he was doing. But he was basically trying to cover for Flair and trying to make his activities seem like it wasn’t a big thing. But if you put your wife, or daughter, or your sister or cousin or anybody or a good friend in place of the flight attendant, if you put it in a personal context, then you really really mad.
Dreamer was suspended by IMPACT Wrestling shortly after the episode aired. He had been working there both on-screen and in a backstage capacity.
It has also been confirmed that the Car Shield commercial involving Ric Flair has been paused.
With thanks to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the quotes.