Having gone through similar grief in the past, Ric Flair has opened up on the advice he gave Kevin Nash after the recent passing of his son.
Tristen Nash passed away earlier this month at the age of just 26. He had started appearing on his father’s podcast, and there was an outpouring of emotion from the wrestling community towards the family.
One of those who reached out was ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, who could liken the experience to losing his son Reid in 2013 due to a drug overdose. On a recent episode of his To Be The Man Podcast, Flair spoke about the call he had with Nash and the advice he was able to give.
You’re never going to get over it, you just have to figure out how to deal with it.
Dealing with it the way I did, by just completely shutting down and drinking for five straight years didn’t work out, it didn’t do anything. My advice to him was just hang on to your wife as tight as you can and don’t throw blame at each other, there’s no way to deal with it.
It was also even harder for Kevin Nash due to his son passing on the same day as Scott Hall’s birthday, after his former tag team partner had also died earlier this year. Ric Flair discussed how Nash never had anything negative to say about ‘The Bad Guy’.
It happened on the eve of Scott Hall’s birthday. It’s a double whammy for him because I don’t think he’s recovered from the loss of Scott yet. So it just shows what a great friend he was to Scott, you know, Scott could be problematic, and Kevin never left his side, never heard Kevin say anything negative about Scott … After all those years it’s hard to find friends like that, so I’ve got nothing but respect for him.
Ric Flair will soon feature in a new documentary about his life, and has made it clear it will go through some of the problems he has had.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.