WWE RAW superstar Randy Orton took part in a recent WWE conference call to promote this Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view, speaking to members of the media, including Inside The Ropes, who have clips of the call, as seen below.

When asked about the recent WWE RAW segment with Ric Flair, Orton revealed that the segment went off-script stating, “That segment, that was hard to do, there were so many things I could’ve said that would’ve been nasty and would’ve even made that segment better. It was hard to look him in the eye, no matter how much we wanted it to come across that way, it was hard to be mean to that man after how he’s treated me for the past 20 years especially, but you know, business is business.

Ric knows that and I know that and I’ll tell you what, he was never supposed to grab the microphone from me that night, he was just supposed to say a few things under his breath that the hand-held camera in the ring may or may not pick up, you were supposed to see our facial expressions and get an idea that he was bringing me back in and eventually, we had the hug and I turned on him, but when he grabbed the mic, I was thinking ah, come on Ric, you’re not supposed to grab the mic, but then, he went on to cut that promo and it was very touching.

The thing is, he meant everything he said, that’s why he’s so special to this business, he’s always left his heart out there in the ring and every emotion you get out there from Ric Flair, it’s real and that’s one of the reasons he’s the best.”