It's not often anymore that fans do try to cross the boundaries and barricades at a wrestling show and attempt to physically attack a professional wrestler, but such an incident occurred on Monday, September 22, 2021, when a fan rushed at Seth Rollins as he was walking to the backstage area after his match against Finn Balor.
The fan was detained and it would later be revealed that he had actually been catfished by a fake Seth Rollins account on social media, leading to the individual believing that he had an issue with the real Seth Rollins. Ric Flair is now opening up saying that Seth Rollins made a crucial error when he admitted in an interview that he was terrified during the experience.
On the latest episode of his podcast, Wooooo Nation UNCENSORED, Ric Flair says that as a heel in the industry, Seth Rollins should have never admitted that he was afraid and in fact, he should have jumped back on the fan that attacked him even if you would have never actually physically fired back, at least he would have given the perception of a professional wrestler that was not going to back down.
“I could say a lot of cute things, but I'm not going to, because I don't want to — every time I say something, I have to involve other people, and then they have to endure the consequences,” said Ric Flair. “I have seen that happen, but I've never seen it where the fan clearly was getting the better of the individual. My problem with Seth is that if you're a top guy in this business and you know anything about the psychology of what the fans think and feel, which they really do, you never, ever, ever get off an airplane in LA and say, 'I was terrified,’ terrified of what? Terrifying, Seth, is being in an airplane crash.”
He continued, “You were terrified or horrified by a wrestling fan? Come on, man. What I would have done if I was Seth, which everybody should learn from this, is that even though the referees had the guy, I would’ve jumped back on him, even if I never got a shot in. I know your answer is going to be, well there's lawsuits and all that, WWE would have covered the lawsuit, Seth would have never got to them. But, if you are a heel, you never admit defeat. You just don't do it. Do you think I ever beat anybody? No, but in the minds of most people, I didn't lose because I kept lying about it even though it was a work. You never admit you got your ass kicked, much less being horrified or terrified.”
Ric Flair would say that second-generation athletes, such as his daughter, Charlotte Flair, could absolutely handle themselves better in a situation like this.
“Second-generation kids are taught to be tough. Roman Reigns, The Usos, that's why I'm such a fan of kids that had to really be tough to just survive in life. If you've been a real athlete and really competed at a top-level, you're tough. You're mentally tough. You're physically tough. You are honed and trained to be — I mean, if that same thing had happened to Ashley, hypothetically, I don't know if that guy could have taken Ashley down. She's tough, man. You don't think Tamina's tough, or Nia Jax, or, Nattie Neidhart, are you kidding me? They come up in families where you had to be tough.”
On a recent episode of his podcast, Ric Flair also opened up about WWE “erasing his legacy.” Learn more here.
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