During the latest edition of his “WOOOOO! Nation” podcast, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair discussed the angle that concluded this week’s Monday Night Raw between his daughter, WWE Divas Champion Charlotte, and number one contender Paige. The final moments of Raw involved a contract signing for the Divas Championship match that will take place at Survivor Series this Sunday. During the signing, Charlotte brought up her deceased younger brother, Reid Flair, who died in March 2013 of a drug overdose. Reid’s death was used to draw heat on Paige. Charlotte’s mentioned how she’s going to fight just like her family’s done her whole life, and Paige responded by saying, “your little baby brother, he didn’t have much fight in him did he?”
Flair’s comments on whether or not he knew about the angle beforehand:
“I never heard a word about it. I started crying when I was watching it. Nobody called me. No one’s called me today (Tuesday). That would indicate they would assume that’s good. I don’t have an answer for that.”
Flair goes on to mention how he doesn’t want to voice his true feelings about the matter because he doesn’t want Charlotte to be negatively affected by it:
“So, I really don’t want to have an opinion. I was very sensitive to it, obviously, because it’s a very sensitive issue. It’s still very new. I know her mom is on fire. But, I can’t go out on a limb and say what I think.”
Flair talks about how Charlotte’s in a tough spot in her career where she’s still very new to the business and can’t throw her weight around too much by saying what she does and doesn’t want to do:
“Here’s the problem. Obviously I have an opinion, but I’m afraid to voice it. I would just say that I know that Hunter and Stephanie and Michael Hayes have her back. And, I think if anything that could be considered a negative is I don’t think she feels like she’s comfortable enough to say ‘no’ to anything yet. She’s only been up there (on the main roster) for three months. And it’s a pressure-cooker and it’s a tough spot to be in. Even though she’s the champion, doesn’t mean that she goes, ‘Hey, this is what I want to do and what I’m not going to do.’ I think if you’re asked to do something, that’s pretty much the way things operate up there.”
When asked how he would feel about the situation if he removed himself from it personally and instead viewed it as an outsider, Flair responded:
“I wouldn’t like it. I got mad when Jerry Lawler was verbally abusing Bret Hart’s parents, much less touching on something as sensitive as that. It’s still new. It’s not even three years old. It’s something we deal with as a family on a daily basis. I’m doing ’30 for 30′ for ESPN and that’s one of the things they wanted to talk about, so it’s a very emotional part of the interview. If I were a fan, I would not have liked it. No.”
Flair added that he’ll be at Survivor Series in Atlanta on Sunday, but feels like this won’t be a big deal by the time of the show.
This is intriguing to me as I was under the impression that Ric would have obviously given his approval for the WWE to use something so personal to him and his family to further a storyline. I understand that Charlotte’s an adult and can make decisions on her own, but out of respect for Ric and who he is in the business, I thought the angle would have definitely been run by him. I do think that the Nature Boy made the right decision by not bashing WWE for the angle because he’s right, you wouldn’t want to potentially jeopardize your daughters career by opening your mouth. During his podcast, Ric went on to say how he’s going to be there for Survivor Series, so I’d imagine that he’ll most likely have a little talk with Triple H or whomever about it and that will be the end of it. It’s the right move to make because there’s no need to air any grievances through the internet and make a bigger scene out of it.
I know that as of late, this has been a pretty big topic of conversation amongst fans. You can leave your thoughts about this news and the current angle between Charlotte and Paige in the comment section below.