As noted last week, Seth Rollins spoke to TMZ a day after being attacked by a fan on WWE RAW. When asked if he was “scared” at the sight of a crazed fan charging at him, Rollins said: “Of course, I was. It’s terrifying, brother.”
On his podcast, Ric Flair said he took issue with what Rollins said about the incident:
“In all fairness, I could say a lot of cute things, but I’m not going to. Every time I say something, I have to involve other people and they have to endure the consequences, so I’m just going to say this. I’ve seen that happen, but I’ve never seen it where I recall the mark, the fan, clearly was getting the better of the individual.
My problem with Seth is 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 L.A.and say, ‘I was terrified.’ Terrified of what? Terrifying is being in an airplane crash. 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 if the referees had him, I would have jumped back on him, even if I never got a shot at him. I know your answer is going to be, ‘Well, there’s lawsuits and all of that’. The WWE would have covered the lawsuit. Seth never would have got to him. If you’re a heel, you never admit defeat. You just don’t do it. Do you think I’ve 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 a** kicked, much less being horrified or terrified. Please.”
Flair then said that when he started in the business he had to be tough and he named some of the toughest wrestlers from his era such as Harley Race and Dick Slater. Flair also named some of the current wrestlers who he thinks are tough, including his daughter Charlotte.
Flair said, “You got to be tough to be in this business, period. Even today. These kids are tough. I’ll can tell you right now and I can’t help but bring her in, [Charlotte] can kick anybody’s ass…second generation kids are taught to be tough. Roman Reigns, The Usos. I’m such fan of kids that had to really be tough and just survive in life. If you’ve been a real athlete and really competed at a tough level you’re tough. You’re mentally tough, you’re physically tough and you’re honed and trained – if that same thing happened to Ashley hypothetically, I don’t know if the guy could have taken Ashley down. She’s tough.”