Ric Flair Talks Having Respect For AEW, On His WrestleMania 35 Role & Charlotte Headlining

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Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer, Ric Flair recently spoke with CBS Sports about his role at WrestleMania 35 and his thoughts on Charlotte headlining the show.

On his WrestleMania 35 appearance:

“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 his emotions at Charlotte headlining:

“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.”

Flair also spoke about AEW after it was announced that ‘The Roast Of Ric Flair’ would be taking place at Starrcast ll, and the Nature Boy had nothing but praise for the new company.

“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.

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