• Ric Flair On A Touching Gift He Received From Triple H After Reid Flair Passed Away
During his appearance on the Wrestling Inc podcast, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair talked about a very touching gift he received from his close personal friend and former Evolution companion “The Game” Triple H, after Ric’s son Reid Flair passed away in March of 2013.
Here’s how Flair opened up on the darkest days of his life (after losing his son):
“I’ve moved on. Trust me, I’ve had words with Hunter, and I’ve had words with Stephanie, I’ve argued with them, and we’ve had tough times too.
I was drinking a lot, and Steph and I had a bad argument. I said something terrible, but they’ve forgiven me and so has Hunter, and Vince has never left my side ever since the day I met him.
And they couldn’t have done more for my son.
I can remember after we buried Reid, I put one of my Hall of Fame rings on Reid.
At NXT one time, Hunter said, ‘I need to talk to you,’ and I maybe thought I had done something wrong. And he called me into his office, and he had a duplicate ring with Reid’s name engraved on it.
That’s someone who cares. I spent half the time with Hunter than I did with those guys [Horsemen].
Stephanie, before I was getting divorced, she was there. She knew I was dying with Reid.
Years ago in her 20s, just supporting me and Hunter’s always been there, and Shawn’s been there.
After my ESPN 30 for 30, I was mad at Shawn and went out on social media and said that thing. I was so damn mad but actually what he was saying was the truth, and Jim Ross was saying the truth too.
I got mad at Jim, and I called him and said, ‘F**k you Jim. Why are you saying that?’ But you know, it was the truth.
I don’t know how to be alone, and that’s going back to when I was just a kid.
But anyway, we’re all good now, and that’s all that matters. I’ve apologized, and I really hurt Jim’s feelings.
He went to Ashley [Charlotte Flair] and said, ‘I’m so upset about your dad being mad’.
I just can’t emphasize enough to people that you can’t just go out half cocked, have a drink and start calling people out, that’s what I did. I was mad at everybody. Nobody wants to hear the truth.
My gosh, you grow everyday, where would I be without Wendy?
The other thing that I’ve learned to do is to put things in a time frame, and Reid’s problems started before I got divorced.
I spent forever trying to digest how much impact and how much hurt that put on him, but it started when I sent him to a prestigious boarding school and things going on up there.
I have learned, which has made me a little more at peace with myself. It’s just one of those things. There’s no explanation. I just can’t put my finger on how it got started.
He read Hunter’s fitness book 500 times and was under the desk in our living room. He idolized Shawn, and Shawn had talked to him. I know he might have wanted to be like me, hopefully the good side of me.
He was just the greatest kid in the world. A great athlete. He ate healthy food, just conscious of his diet, worked out everyday but he just had this thing.
I learned that it’s not an addiction. It’s a disease, and diseases are hard to beat. Addictions you can beat but disease, that’s what he couldn’t beat.”
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• Old School Wrestling Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday
Today would have been the 82nd birthday of Old School Wrestling Veteran The Missing Link (Real name: Dewey Robertson).
Dewey wrestled for several north American territories during the 60s, 70s & 80s, using different names & characters, before adapting the gimmick of “The Missing Link” in 1983, which he mainly used in Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling, Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling and Eddie Graham’s Championship Wrestling From Florida, before joining the WWF in 1985.
During his World Wrestling Federation days, The Missing Link was managed by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and wrestled against WWF Superstars like Ivan Putski, Paul Orndorff, Tony Garea, Salvatore Bellomo and SD Jones.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY & † R.I.P.
February 28, 1939 – August 16, 2007