Legendary 16-time World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair was not informed by WWE that his deceased son Reid Flair would be mentioned as part of the Charlotte versus Paige storyline on RAW, via Cageside Seats.
This past Monday, Paige took a shot at several of Charlotte’s family members in the final segment of RAW. After making fun of Ric Flair’s age, Paige insulted Charlotte’s deceased brother, Reid, saying that he “didn’t have much fight in him.” Those words angered Charlotte, who proceeded to assault Paige as the show concluded.
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The comment has been heavily scrutinized across social media as fans beckon that Paige’s comments went “too far.” In fact, Charlotte’s mother, Elizabeth Fliehr took to social media to voice her displeasure with the storyline, calling the WWE writers “lazy” and the overall angle “disrespectful.” The tweet has since been deleted but can be viewed at this link, courtesy of FOX Sports.
Now, Ric Flair has come forth on his podcast, WOOOOO! Nation to share his thoughts. First of all, Flair says that he was not contacted or aware that his deceased son would be mentioned as part of a storyline. Flair also revealed that he was overcome with emotion while watching the segment.
“I never heard a word about it. I started crying while I was watching it. Nope, nobody called me and nobody has called me today. That would indicate that they just assumed that that’s good. So I don’t have an answer for that.”
As of right now, Charlotte has only been on WWE’s main roster for about three months. After her successful run in NXT, which included a lengthy reign as NXT Women’s champion, Charlotte wasted no time in picking up where she left off in NXT.
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Barely two months into her main roster promotion, Charlotte ended Nikki Bella’s historic reign as WWE Divas champion. But despite being a champion, her father believes she’s not in a position where she can say no to the company.
“I don’t think she feels like she’s comfortable enough to say ‘no’ to anything yet. She’s only been up there three months and it’s a pressure cooker. It’s a tough spot to be in. Even though she’s the champion doesn’t mean she goes ‘hey, this is what I want to do and what I’m not going to do.'”
Despite the obviously controversial nature of the storyline, Flair did mention that he believes that top officials in the company have her best interests in mind and will not purposely try to hinder her career. Flair mentioned Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Michael Hayes, saying that he thinks they all “have her back.”
Additionally, Flair praised Charlotte’s work on the microphone, saying that her promo, “may have been the best I’ve ever seen from a woman and a Diva of all time.”
However, despite his positive outlook on bits and pieces of the segment, Flair maintained that his losing son, who died less than three years ago from a drug overdose is still a fresh thing on the entire family’s mind.
“I was very sensitive to it, obviously, because it’s a very sensitive issue. It’s still very new. I know her mom is on fire.”
Heading into Survivor Series this Sunday, Flair believes this story will not be relevant and the main focus will be on Charlotte’s title defense against Paige. Yet, for the most part, Flair avoided stating his true feelings on the segment in fear of causing problems for Charlotte.
“You know, here’s the problem: I obviously have an opinion, but I’m afraid to voice it. Because I don’t want anything to affect Ashley’s career.”
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