WWE Star Unpopular in the Locker Room?, Ric Flair Update, More

– WHSV.com was at Schewel’s furniture store in Harrisonburg, Virgina on Saturday covering a the Ric Flair autograph session that drew hundreds of fans. Flair said that while he doesn’t miss the long travel days that come with being a pro wrestler, he does miss the ring. “I miss that part of it a lot,” Flair said. “I try to keep in shape. I do miss it, but I don’t dwell on it. I could do it tomorrow – I still feel great – but it’s not something that’s going to happen.”

– Charlie Haas has posted a blog discussing his return to television this past Friday night on SmackDown.

Haas wrote: “Finally, I’ve come back to FRIDAY nights…and what you see this Friday evening, is just the beginning of what I have in store. After all, there are just too many loose ends that I have to tie up AND way too much bottled agression that needs to be let loose! Thanks to all of you who have been nothing but supportive and I’ve missed you all as well – seeing that it was more exciting than ever to be back on tv.”

In a trivia note, Haas’ match with John Morrison on last week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown was his first televised match this year. He had not wrestled on television since the December 29, 2008 episode of Raw in a loss to Sim Snuka.

– In Jim Ross’ latest column on WWE.com, for whatever reason, he says Ricky Ortiz isn’t too popular in the locker room.

Ross wrote: “Did you know? Ricky Ortiz is now a member of the Friday Night Smackdown roster? “Sources say” that Ortiz isn’t too popular in the locker room but I have no idea why nor do I know if that “rumor” is true. Might be the rally towel.”

Although, he noted in a blog on his website on Friday not to take all of his comments seriously.

Ross wrote: “For those that have made comments on my most recent Smackdown blog on WWE.com and that took ALL my comments seriously, as Michael Cole would say, “Please, stop the pain.” Humor, or attempts thereof, take many forms and my intent with that particular blog, as I try to do more often than not when I write, is to have fun.”

He may also be referencing Zack Ryder’s recent make over, as he jokingly states that he couldn’t tell him apart from Curt Hawkins.

Ross wrote: “Curt Hawkins has a new “make over” and wait until you see it. Check that, it’s Zach Ryder who has the new “make over” and Ryder wrestles Thursday night on WGN America on WWE Superstars. I guess I answered my own question as to why Hawkins and Ryder needed new looks. Both are much better wrestlers than some folks perceive and now that they are on their own I think we will be pleasantly surprised at how well they both do.”