During a recent episode of his weekly ‘The ArnShow’ podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson spoke about his close, personal friend ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
The Enforcer also revealed why Ole Anderson didn’t like Ric Flair, despite both being members of the original version of the 4 Horsemen.
Here’s what Arn Anderson said:
“From what I’ve gathered, from what I’ve heard from different people over the years and recently, you can find it anywhere.
I don’t think Ole was really a fan of Ric’s. I don’t know if it goes all the way back to when Ole was an owner, and Ric was making the loop as the champion, if there were things that happened then.
But I don’t think he was a fan of his work, number one. Number two, he would, which didn’t have any credence that he didn’t draw, which was all bullsh*t.
He drew. But you know, it was, you could always sense that. And Ole would just say that, he was not a fan of Flair’s.”
Arn then spoke about the time in 1991, when Flair was leaving WCW to join the World Wrestling Federation.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Nobody can fill that hole. I was talking about when he left WCW? Yeah, I don’t, you know, there’s only one Ric Flair.
I don’t know who it would’ve been, that is just the, the strength of characters, you know.
The next most over guy in the company was Sting. But Sting was still being built into the star that he became.
Well, I’ve always said that each guy has to make, lady or guy, either one that’s in this business has to make their decisions as far as when it’s time to change companies based on what’s best for them, their character and their family.
And what’s best for the company sometimes comes in second. And Ric made the decisions that he made based on what was best for him and his family.”
Arn Anderson retired as an active professional wrestler in 1997 after performing for the biggest promotions on the planet for 15 years since 1982, including stints in Jim Crockett Promotions (1984-1988), the World Wrestling Federation (1988-1989) and World Championship Wrestling (1989-1997).
After his retirement, Arn still stayed with WCW in non-wrestling positions until the company was sold to Vince McMahon in March 2001 and then joined the WWF (later WWE), where he worked till 2019 and then joined Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling.
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