Andrade Says Charlotte Flair Asked Off 'Months Ago' For TripleMania, Talks Ric Flair Cornering Him

The Flair family made headlines at AAA TripleMania as Charlotte Flair was backstage to support her fiance Andrade El Idolo while Ric Flair was by his side for the match.

Charlotte was on the banner for the live event, but not listed in the event info as appearing. As always, the card is subject to change.

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Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Andrade confirmed that Charlotte asked for time off months ago to be at TripleMania with him.

“Ashley knew how important this was to me, so she asked for the weekend off two and a half months ago,” Andrade said. “She told me she was so nervous watching my match and tearing up, so it meant a lot that she could be there. With Ashley, we have the best of both worlds. She teaches me. I teach her. She teaches me how to take time on my entrance, how to stand in the ring, the little things that people notice when they look at you. I help her with moves, submissions, adding wrinkles to her move-set. She was the person I went to when I asked what I should do about my future. She knew I was unhappy, and I knew she was going to be sad if I left [WWE], because our life is on the road together. But she knows this is my dream, and she supported my decision without hesitation. Watching me with my new gear, seeing me train so hard the last two months, she said she was so proud of me. She says my dreams inspire her. She said she can see a change in me and my happiness. That’s all that matters.”

Ric's appearance was able to happen after he officially obtained his release from WWE on August 3. According to the article, Flair agreed to appear on the show four days prior to the event.

“I’ve gotten to walk my daughter to the ring, and she is the best female wrestler in the world, and now I was able to walk to the ring with Andrade, who is one of the top 10 guys in the business, period,” said Ric. “And that match was incredible. I’m so proud of both Andrade and Kenny. They are both hell on wheels. They can really go. Plus, I was able to share the moment with my family. I feel very fortunate and blessed to be able to do that.”

Ric got in on the action as well, chopping Kenny Omega and putting Konnan in the figure four.

Speaking about what it meant to have Ric by his side, Andrade said, “Mr. Flair came to Mexico, which I still can’t believe. When he hugged me during our entrance, that was real. A bond for the love of what we do professionally that is in our blood. The bond of family. No one has had more experience than Mr. Flair. To have his support, his credibility, wanting to come with me to my home country, that was overwhelming. I am beyond grateful. His support and belief in me means more than I can put into words. Being in the ring with one of the greatest of all time, putting on one of the most famous submission holds, that’s something I could have never dreamed. I grew up a poor luchador from Northern Mexico. Now I am exchanging chops with a legend. That whole time, I could feel his energy. And seeing all his passion for this business, how much he means to this business, and watching all the stars at the show want to take a picture with him, it was amazing.”

If you missed anything from AAA TripleMania XXIX, check out full results by clicking here. You can also listen to the post-show podcast for a full review of all the action by clicking here.

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