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Ric Flair talks about getting emotional over Charlotte, respect for AEW and more

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently spoke with CBS Sports to promote his upcoming “Roast of Ric Flair” which will be headlining Starrcast II next month. He talked about how his daughter Charlotte Flair was part of the Wrestlemania 35 main event and how her entrance was a callback to Flair’s own entrance at the 1985 Great American Bash pay-per-view in Charlotte, NC. Ric said he is thankful to the McMahons for all they have done for his daughter.

“I probably cried the whole week, I’ve been crying since it first came about,” Flair said. “I’m so thankful to WWE, from Vince [McMahon] to Hunter [Triple H] and Stephanie [McMahon] and all the powers-that-be who put that together and taking that step forward with the woman. For me, I’ve used the expression about passing the torch, but my daughter just took the torch from me years ago. She is so good but she is just getting going. She has only been in the business for six years, which is hard to believe. The thing about her that separates her from a lot of people is that she’s never satisfied with a performance. I was really proud and I’m proud of WWE for taking that step forward because they deserve it.”

Wrestlemania 35 also saw Batista take on Triple H in a No Holds Barred match. Triple H won the match when Ric Flair distracted Batista, allowing The Game to hit Batista with a sledgehammer. Flair said that Shawn Michaels, who was on commentary, had no idea that Flair was coming.

“Oh, I had a blade on [me]! ” Flair joked when asked if he would have taken a bump or bladed at age 70 if asked. “Just kidding. But you know what Shawn Michaels said to me? They thought another mark was hitting the ring like the night before with Bret Hart [at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony]. Shawn almost had to superkick me from the announce table.”

On the topic of All Elite Wrestling, Ric Flair said he has a lot of respect for what the company is trying to do for the business. Flair said AEW shouldn’t try to compete with WWE.

“I’m old school, so I think anytime there is an opportunity for guys to work who are qualified and have been trained properly in a position to be somewhat successful in their attempt to work for either company, I’m all about that,” Flair said. “I think that’s great. I don’t think [AEW] should focus on the competition [with WWE] as much as just developing their own product. Their success will come from that.

“The word competition is great. People love that part of time in the world, but this will be the first time someone with the kind of money that [Jacksonville Jaguars co-owner] Tony [Khan] brings. You know who Tony Khan is? Tony Khan is a sophisticated, intelligent, well-bred ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair with money. Tony Khan is the limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, bringing the hottest chick to every party that I go to with him, son of a gun. Now that he has the joint over in England [as co-owner of the Premier League team Fulham FC], I’m sure he has kissed girls all over the world and made them cry. If I had Tony’s bankroll in the ’80s, who knows where I would have been.”