Ric Flair has spoken of the relationship breakdown between himself and Arn Anderson, after the pair had enjoyed a close friendship until drifting apart in WCW.
Arn Anderson suffered the loss of his eldest son, Barrett, earlier this month at the age of 37.
Flair shared that he reached out to Arn after hearing the news, and how they were able to talk, leading to hopes the pair can reconnect.
The pair worked together as part of The Four Horsemen, a legendary group that transcended wrestling in the 1980s. During the following decade however, it appears that the friendship faced difficulties and led to a decline in communication.
Speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, Flair explained how his own experience of losing his son Reid, has led to an emotional reconnection with The Enforcer and his hopes that going forward they are able to rebuild their relationship.
“It’s a very personal thing with Arn,” Flair said. “I know what he’s going through. Kevin Nash knows what he’s going through. Any number of people out there. I’m just being selective with the wrestling community. All the bullsh*t that we go through, there are some things in wrestling that are real and hurtful and just never seem to work out right.”
“It’s a very tough thing to say but, I think Arn and I have reconnected. We’ve kind of gone our separate ways. It all started back with Jim Herd. He left. I came back. They left. I mean, to have that phenomenal time in the 80s and see it kind of slip away for whatever reason, quite honestly because of promoters, and then to reconnect and have a private moment and exchange texts and everything, it made me cry. I was that happy to hear back from him. Not much more I can say about that. I just hope he and I can move forward and do some stuff together.”
Arn Anderson is currently signed to AEW, previously working on screen with Cody Rhodes, but has not appeared in recent months.
In 2012, Ric Flair and Anderson joined Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and J.J. Dillon in being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The Four Horsemen faction was a hugely successful and popular faction in NWA and WCW, later reforming to feud with the NWO in the mid-90s.
Earlier this year, Arn Anderson discussed his career highlights and his feeling on working in WWE.
H/t to WrestlingNews