Originally Posted by THTRobtaylor
It seemed dumb to let Rude go and then bring Flair in to fight Hogan less than a year later. WWE have at least acknowledged the error a bit by basically upgrading Rude to a recongnised World Champion in his HOF video - but it's classic case of Vince kotowing to Hogan and not seeing the bigger picture.
Rude was well known for tough to deal with, there are plenty of stories of him causing trouble backstage with people he didnt see eye to eye with, part of the reason Hogan refused to work with Rude when he signed with WCW (a moot point since Rude was injured around that time anyway & forced to retire).
As for Flair, that wasnt planned. No one thought Flair would be a free agent. Vince tried to sign him circa 1985 but Flair declined, he was making big money, prominently featured, and was loyal to Jim Crockett, Jr for sticking with him and pushing him. Vince tried again to sign Flair in 1989 but Flair again declined, having just been given a new deal to stay in WCW post Crockett's sale to Turner (a deal Turner refused to make unless Flair was on the roster). The whole disaster of The Jim Herd era (which actually got off to a very promising start) left a lot of top stars looking for new homes, as Road Warriors, Scott Hall, & Lex Luger all bolted for WWE between 1990-92. Flair fell in Vince's lap almost by accident.