Ric Flair has lifted the lid on his “big falling out” with Triple H and how it affected their once incredibly close friendship.
For a number of years Ric Flair and Triple H enjoyed a close bond and important friendship. The pair famously worked together as part of the Evolution stable on television, and this bled over into their personal lives with the two men remaining good friends for well over the next decade.
However, that changed in 2019, when Flair found himself in a dispute with The Game and WWE over the trademark for the phrase “The Man.” WWE wanted to give the moniker to Becky Lynch and applied for the trademark, something which upset the Nature Boy who believed that he owned the intellectual property.
Speaking on a recent episode of his To Be The Man podcast, Flair addressed his relationship with Triple H, recalling the “big falling out” between the two.
“Well, I don’t think we’re thick as thieves, but I can tell you this. We had a big falling out over the trademark, ‘The Man’ issue, a big falling out. But, I’d be very surprised if I wasn’t in the top 5 people who reached out to Stephanie [McMahon] when he got sick. Certainly, as soon as I became aware of it, I called her and I called him,”
Continuing on, Flair revealed that WWE’s new Head of Creative was the first person to call him following the death of his son Reid.
“[Triple H] is the first person I called when [Ric’s son] Reid died. So, for whatever people want to make about our relationship or not, I feel like everybody has ups and downs. You have arguments, you have disagreements. But I can guarantee you this, I will be at his funeral, and I’ll guarantee you this, he will be at mine. Everybody else can say what they want to say, make of it what they want to make of it,”
Ric Flair later engaged in a war of words with Becky Lynch which began with comments over her use of “The Man” and continued as The Irishwoman was involved in a public falling out with Charlotte Flair.
The 16-time World Champion suggested that he would be challenging WWE over the trademark.
H/t to SEScoops for the transcription.