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Ric Flair recalls what a teary-eyed Vince McMahon said to him before their match in 2002

The latest episode of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions is up now on the WWE Network. During this episode, Austin interviewed WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair.

There was a part in the interview where Flair got emotional talking about his match with Vince McMahon at Royal Rumble 2002. Flair said he couldn’t believe that McMahon wanted to work with him.

“He wanted to wrestle me,” Flair said about McMahon. “Think about this. I go over to Vince McMahon and I said, ‘I want to talk to you.’ This is me and I am lost and I’m gonna wrestle Vince and he has tears in his eyes. He said, ‘I just want you to know this is going to be one of the coolest moments of my life to wrestle you.’ How do you think I’m computing this when I can’t find myself?”

Flair also recounted a match he had with Shane McMahon. Flair said, “Shane and I did a spot in Japan and he goes ‘man, I can’t tell you how cool this is to be in the ring with you.’ I went from being that guy where people were like ‘thank you for this moment’ to being here today with you calling me the greatest of all time. It’s a roller coaster. How lucky am I to have people hold me in that regard?”

Flair said his confidence issues were really bad when he returned to WWE in 2001 because of how he was treated in WCW. He says he battled the confidence issues up and down up until his retirement match at WrestleMania 24 and different things would trigger him.

Austin pointed out that Flair is more relevant than ever because he’s doing commercials and being featured in rap videos and he’s being acknowledged by some of today’s biggest sports stars. Austin closed out the interview by asking Flair how he wants to be remembered.

“I want to be remembered, as does everybody, for the good things and not the bad…I’ve never done anything illegal and never taken drugs but I was out of control. I will never get over the problems that I probably could have helped people through in my family. I could have been there more, I could have been wiser.”

Flair continued, “I don’t want to be remembered as the greatest wrestler…I hope that the positive stuff that I’ve done outweighs the negative. That’s where I’m at.”

There was a lot more covered in the interview including his feelings on wrestling The Undertaker at WrestleMania 18, his run in Evolution, his retirement match, his party days and how he’s settled down, his confidence issues, why he went to TNA and then apologized to Vince McMahon and much more.

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Broken Skull Sessions with a h/t to for the transcription


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