It’s a gig. Wrestlers have a rather unique career path, but at the end of the day, everyone has to move on from the ring at some point. That is easier said than done for a lot of people though as some of them do not have another place to go. That can be the case for some top stars, some of whom try more than a few odd directions. That seems to be the case again.
As part of the festivities around his final match, Ric Flair and Kitchen Data Systems have announced the opening of a virtual restaurant called WOOOOO! Wings. The restaurant will open for deliveries in Nashville, Tennessee, the location of Flair’s last match, on July 28 before launching nationwide the next day. Flair’s final match will take place on July 31 against an opponent to be named.
Here is the press release:
Ric Flair Launches Wooooo! Wings Virtual Restaurant with Kitchen Data Systems
16-time World Champion and 2-time WWE Hall of Famer partners with technology and services company Kitchen Data Systems to roll out Wooooo! Wings, a virtual dining concept featuring “Legendary Flavors. World Championship Wings.”
Nashville, June 23, 2022— Ric Flair announced today that Wooooo! Wings, a new virtual restaurant brand, will open for business July 28th with flagship locations in Nashville, Tennessee to be followed by wide national distribution.
Wooooo! Wings’ legendary flavors and world championship wings will be prepared by Kitchen Data Systems’ (KDS) KitchPartner restaurants. KitchPartners belong to a network managed by KDS’ proprietary software, which matches member restaurants with brands to launch new virtual dining experiences, bringing extra revenue streams for both brands and their restaurant KitchPartners.
The Wooooo! Wings menu, developed by “Team Flair” in conjunction with KDS’ in-house chef, celebrates one of the sport’s most charismatic characters with flavors that match his personal brand. The virtual restaurant opens with competitive advantages, bringing a reach of over 25M+ weekly from a combination of Ric Flair’s podcast, social media accounts and those of his To Be The Man podcast’s network, Podcast Heat.
“I love chicken wings and I really love flavors that hit you like a chop to the chest,” said Flair. “To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man, and these championship wings and legendary flavors from Wooooo! Wings are THE MAN!”
Wooooo! Wings jumps into the restaurant ring at an inflection point in the food industry, which saw a marked rise of delivery during Covid-19. At least once a week 80M U.S. households order delivery or takeout meals, while UBS’ Evidence Lab projects the market to hit $365B by 2030.
“Living legends deserve epic flavors,” commented Mike Jacobs, CEO and Founder of KDS. “We’re thrilled to partner with Ric Flair and his partner, Podcast Heat, to offer this exceptional Delivery-1st dining experience. Created by Mr. Flair with our chef, the Wooooo! Wings menu embodies The Greatest Wrestler of All Time’s passion for his sport and luxurious style in each chef-curated bite. KitchData is proud to have worked with Ric Flair on designing a menu worthy of his name, talent and, most important, his fans.”
Wooooo! Wings’ launch will coincide with Starrcast weekend in Nashville which will feature The Roast of Ric Flair and Ric Flair’s Last Match. July 31 has recently been declared “Ric Flair Day” in the city of Nashville.
Opinion: This is one of those things that is certainly a different way to go, though hopefully it is little more than a licensing deal for Flair. It shouldn’t be much of a financial risk and it might even work out, at least for a little while, due to Flair’s name being in the news as of late. I’m sure that is the plan, and hopefully it works out for him as he gets out of wrestling again.
What do you think of the idea? What is the strangest post-wrestling job you have ever heard of? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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