Ric Flair did not play a major position at WWE‘s Raw is 30 present, but it surely feels like what occurred backstage with Becky Lynch was considerably extra essential than what occurred in entrance of followers. The Nature Boy was given the chance to introduce his daughter, present SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, to the Philadelphia crowd. He appeared to benefit from the common “woo” calls throughout his introduction earlier than making means for a phase involving Charlotte, Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, and Sonya Deville. Deville, who often wrestles on the blue model, ended up in a match with Belair, with Flair stepping apart since Raw is not her present. Despite not taking part in an even bigger half within the phase, Ric Flair took care of loads of enterprise behind the scenes, in response to him.
Speaking on the latest episode of his To Be The Man podcast, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer opened up about approaching Becky Lynch and apologizing to her. “I walked up to her and said, ‘May I speak with you for a minute,’ and I said, ‘I’m sorry that this got to where it is.’ I went over and shook Seth Rollins’ hand, and I said, ‘I’m going to apologize to your wife.'” The want for an apology stemmed from Flair taking umbrage with Lynch for calling herself The Man. Ric defined what made him wish to make an apology within the first place. “I saw [Seth Rollins and Becky] with their child, and I thought, ‘My God, this is going to be Ashley someday.’ It’s not worth it. I am not The Man anymore. The Man is who the people think it is, and basically, we’ve turned it over to social media to decide who The Man is.” Ashley, in fact, is Charlotte Flair’s actual first identify. (h/t and due to Michael Schrute of wrestlingnews.co for the transcription.
If Ric Flair is leaving it as much as WWE followers to resolve who The Man actually is, then the (pointless) debate could by no means be settled. That’s as a result of the character means various things to totally different folks primarily based on once they grew up or watched skilled wrestling. Members of the viewers who recall the territory days or Flair wrestling for WCW will seemingly at all times bear in mind him as The Man. There’s an excellent purpose for that too. He’s top-of-the-line wrestlers within the historical past of the enterprise, in response to practically anybody value a darn, and is answerable for an unfathomable variety of recollections for numerous wrestling followers.
Lynch’s rise to true tremendous stardom coincided with the conception of The Man character, although. Becky standing within the viewers, nostril damaged and bloodied after main a SmackDown raid on Raw forward of Survivor Series in 2018 is iconic. One-third Ric Flair, one-third Connor McGregor, and one-third Lynch, this model of Becky advanced right into a WrestleMania most important eventer. She’s change into certainly one of WWE’s most bankable stars and is arguably the most well-liked of the 4 horsewomen.
As such, the phrase The Man will seemingly at all times imply one thing totally different to youthful followers. That doesn’t suggest there is not sufficient respect to go round for each Flair and Lynch, nevertheless. It looks as if Ric realized that at Raw is 30, and it is implausible to listen to that he mended fences with Becky and Seth Rollins. Sometimes professional wrestling personalities get a bit of out of hand, however that does not imply grudges have to stay endlessly. Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch are set to wrestle at WWE Royal Rumble this weekend, whereas Charlotte Flair awaits her subsequent competitor on SmackDown.