Ever since WWE began marketing Becky Lynch as “The Man” during her rise to the main event scene in 2019, Ric Flair has made it clear that he wasn’t happy about it.
Although he didn’t come up with the idea of using the term to describe someone at the top of their field, Flair has been synonymous with it in the wrestling space thanks to his “To be the Man, you gotta beat The Man” catchphrase. filed a trademark on it when WWE began producing merchandise for Lynch under the pseudonym, and tensions were high between The Nature Boy and Lynch (and Her husband, Seth Rollinsand have mostly worked for WWE) ever since.
It just got ugly enough that during Becky’s last major feud with Charlotte Flair, Rick was publicly calling for Charlotte to shoot Lynch, and Becks was saying Nitch’s behavior was “kind of heartbreaking.”
But with greater flair returning to the WWE fold now that the entire world has moved on from the sexual misconduct allegations he raised The dark side of the ringEpisode “Airplane Flight From Hell”, it’s time to bury the hatchet. That’s what Naitch says he did backstage on Raw XXX this past Monday (January 23).
He broke what he said was a cathartic visit to Philadelphia one day his last episode to be the man (There is that term again) Podcast:
“It was phenomenal. I have to tell you, I learned more about myself and more about what I missed at work and what I didn’t miss in a single day because I wasn’t here that long. I felt like I was respected. I felt like I was wanted. I felt like I was a part of it again. It was I walked away from a better man with a better understanding of who I am as a person and what work is.
“It started with me and Hunter talking for about an hour, a private discussion, but a lot of the issues that had been stuck around for two years were sorted out, and then I apologized to Becky Lynch. I walked up to her and said, ‘May I talk to you for a minute,’ and I said, ‘I Sorry this got to the way it is.” I went and shook Seth Rollins’ hand and said, “I’m going to apologize to your wife.”
“I just decided, you know, that all comes with the documentary. Sometimes you get so caught up in things that you just forget, repeating them so many times for so many years. In fact, the ‘The Man’ brand was entirely defined by someone other than her and me.” It’s not as much money as they were involved that the company makes the bulk of anyway. Then I saw them with their baby and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this will be Ashley someday, and Megan [Flair’s daughter who is married to his podcast co-host Conrad Thompson] Now with [her daughter] Morgan.
“Not worth it. I’m not the man anymore. A man is what people think of him, and we basically shifted it to social media to decide who the man is.”
On the air Monday night, Flair was there to introduce Charlotte. He said he believes what he said on Raw that the current SmackDown Women’s Champion is “the greatest Women’s Champion in WWE history and, in my estimation, the best worker in the company.” But that’s no reason for him to let go of the issues with Lynch & Rollins:
“I can walk around and not walk by Becky feeling uncomfortable and I can shake Seth Rollins’ hand, and that makes a world better for me. I feel better about myself. Becky was very accepting and said kind words to me, and so did Seth. My daughter works there, I want her to be perfect.” Nothing’s perfect, but you want it to be the best it can be. How many people give their daughter away? This, you won’t see for a long time, thing like that. So I’m so grateful I had this opportunity.”