Ric Flair presents new reaction to Reid Flair angle, talks WWE predicament, more

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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In a new interview, Ric Flair tried to find the right answer discussing his tough position working for WWE, supporting his daughter (Divas champion Charlotte), and evaluating the current product on his “Whoo! Nation” podcast.

This follows events in November when the death of his son, Reid Flair, was incorporated into a promo between Charlotte and Paige to promote a match. Flair said at the time that he was upset by the reference and was not given a heads up, but he understood what WWE, Charlotte, and Paige were trying to do to prop up their match in the final segment of Raw.

“It was said that I was upset, but I wasn’t,” Flair told Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald, backing off from his original podcast reaction. “Those kind of things are going to happen periodically. The emotion is real. She and Reid were very, very close. I certainly wasn’t offended by what happened. I just don’t like to see her cry.

“That was somebody’s thought, and she ok’d it. They said, ‘[Charlotte], do you mind if we do this?’ And she said, ‘No. I don’t mind at all.’ It’s the business, and sometimes things that are real come across in a way that the people are mad about it, but if I’m not mad, and [Charlotte’s] not mad, and we’re the key players.

“We have to live with it. It’s still fresh. It’s been less than three years, but it’s something that happened in our life, and we have all had to make adjustments. Legitimately – which is very, very true – Reid is the one who talked her into [wrestling]. He pushed her big time. ‘Go ahead and do it. We’ll be together.’ That was his dream, and that was his love. He’s probably saying, as I’ve said before, that he’s glad to still be a part of it.”

Generally-speaking, Flair talked about the predicament he finds himself in evaluating the product.

“My problem is I can’t critique the show, because my daughter’s on the show, and I’m still actively working for the company. The other guys who do podcasts can critique the show, but I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that,” Flair said.

“Actually, I don’t have anything negative to say about it anyway, but if there was something I thought, I couldn’t possibly say it, because I would basically be cracking on the hand that feeds me. I don’t feel like there’s anything negative on the show anyways.”

Flair has picked up a regular WWE TV role managing Charlotte. Flair, who will be in Miami for the “Magic City Comic Con” this weekend, confirmed that he return to Miami the night after the Royal Rumble for Raw TV.

“I will be in Miami,” Flair said. “It’s always huge. I love Miami. I love being there, and I’m bringing [former NFL player] Lawrence Taylor with me. So you tell me how much fun that will be. LT and the Natch, the combination to beat.”

 

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