Reid Flair Speaks Out - His Father, Maturing, Failing, & More
One thing that was apparent during James Guttman's 35 minute interview with Reid Flair was his admiration for his father. Although he's Ric's son, Reid doesn't want a handout and yearns to carve his own place in the business. However, as The Nature Boy's kid, he knows his father's respect for his ability isn't something that's simply given for the asking. It's earned. So positive praise from Ric isn't just lip service, it means a lot. As Reid explains, it's all he needs.
"If I die and no one remembers me for anything else, as long as I have the respect from my father, that's enough for me. If I can accomplish 1/1000th of what he has done for this business, at the end of the day, if he says he's proud of me, that's enough for me."
James commends this point of view and mentions how, as a father, he hopes his children have the same admiration for him one day. Guttman then points out how positive personal stories about Ric Flair come up quite a bit from different guests. He asks Reid if the fans truly know his famous dad and whether there are aspects to him that people don't realize. As the ClubWWI.com interview continues, Reid explains:
"I think the fans know him. They know him from the entertainment aspect of his character, his persona, the Four Horsemen, the wild crew, and stuff like that. But what they don't know is my dad is probably the hardest working man alive that I know. I mean, look at him right now. He's still doing stuff with TNA. He's 52 years old. Yeah, he may go out at night, a couple of nights a week or something like that - not like he did ten to fifteen years ago - but the next morning at six o'clock, he's in the gym doing his free squats and going over his skills. It's not like he had to when he was younger. I would compare his skills to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 10th degree black belt. Guys who follow him know his work ethic. But to the average fan, my only thing to say is my dad is the hardest working guy alive I know. That makes me more proud of him than anything in the world."
Reid has a lot in common with his father - from his passion for wrestling right down to his choice of valets. Recently, Reid has been accompanied to the ring by Wendy Barlow a.k.a ClubWWI.com audio host "Fifi The Maid" from WCW's Flair For The Gold. During past editions of Wendy's "Club For The Gold" audios, she's spoken about Reid working hard to reestablish himself in the business. James asks Flair about his new push to reach the top and bouncing back from past high-profile missteps that happened when he was signed with WWE a few years back: