Top 50 WWE Moments of 2012

Ric Flair makes a surprise return on Slammy night

After a three-and-a-half–year absence from the WWE ring, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair returned to Monday Night Raw. The 16-time World Champion handed out the Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year to John Cena. When the three-time winner tried to pass the honor off to Flair, WWE Champion CM Punk took great offense, unleashing a verbal assault on “The Nature Boy.” Flair challenged Punk to a fight and after the WWE Champion smashed one of his crutches over the Hall of Famer’s back, Flair poked him in the eye then put Paul Heyman in the Figure-Four Leglock. Suddenly, The Shield appeared, unleashing a relentless assault on “Naitch” that not even WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No could stop. Finally, Ryback entered the scene and laid waste to Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Team Hell No and Ryback gave Flair the heroes’ welcome he deserved, raising him up on their shoulders for a moment the WWE Universe won’t soon forget.