Ric Flair gives up a hard-earned accolade and tries to make up for past mistakes.
Ric Flair has done everything there is to do in wrestling and has done it multiple times. He is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. In his long career, he has earned the right to consider himself “The Man.” He even worked it into his promos with the quote: “to be The Man you have to beat The Man.”
However, Flair has matured from his stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun ways. With his new maturity comes making amends with people he has hurt in the past.
At this week’s Raw XXX anniversary show Ric Flair got an opportunity to apologize to Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins. On his podcast, To Be The Man, he talked about approaching Lynch and Rollins at the show.
“I apologized to Becky Lynch,” Ric Flair said. “I walked up to her and said, ‘May I speak with you for a minute?’ I just said I’m sorry this ever got to where it is’ I went over and shook Seth Rollins’ hands and I said, ‘I’m gonna apologize to your wife.’ I’ve just decided that. It all came with the documentary. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in things that you just forget and you get so wrapped up in things that you just forget, and you say it so many times for so many years.” H/T To Fightful For Transcription
The Weight Which Comes From Being “The Man”
In 2018 Lynch began calling herself “the man.” Prior to Survivor Series that year Lynch and her SmackDown team invaded Raw. A fight broke out and Nia Jax accidentally punched Lynch full force. It led to Lynch suffering a concussion, a broken nose, and blood pouring from her nose.
This was the turning point in Lynch’s career. From that point on she truly became “The Man.” However, Ric Flair didn’t like that Lynch started using his nickname. A lawsuit followed and tensions began to rise between Flair and Lynch. This tension is what he wanted to apologize for and regrets how bad things had gotten.
Flair goes on to talk about the trademark battle over “The Man” and how he regrets it now. With a tear in his eye, he admits he is not “The Man” anymore.
“But ‘The Man’ trademark, the whole thing was decided by someone besides she and I. It’s not that as much as the money that was involved in it, which the company reaps the better part of it anyway. Then I saw her with her child, and I thought, ‘God, this will be Ashley [Charlotte Flair] someday. It’s not worth it. I am not ‘The Man’ anymore. ‘The Man’ is whoever the people think is.”
A New Humble And Remorseful Ric Flair
The last two years of Flair’s life have been rough. His alleged actions on the “Plane Ride From Hell” came out on Darkside of the Ring, he had his own documentary come out and he wrestled his retirement match which was met with a lot of criticism.
It is nice to see Ric Flair look back on his life and try to make up for things that happened in his past. He has had a big and important impact on pro wrestling, but it is marred by actions like this trademark stuff and worse things. However, it is never too late to own up to one’s mistakes.
Do you think this apology is too little too late? What do you think of Ric Flair saying he is no longer “The Man” in wrestling? Is Lynch still “The Man” or has someone taken that title from her? Let us know what woman and what man are currently “The Man” in WWE on social media.