One Final ‘Woooo!’ as Ric Flair Steps Into the Ring One Last Time at 73
On Sunday, former WWE star, 73-year-old Ric Flair will perform in what he says will be his last match and his first one since 2011, as reported by ESPN.
Flair will team up with his son-in-law, Charlotte’s husband, Andrade El Idolo, to take on Lethal and Jeff Jarrett, a wrestling legend in his own right, in the tag team main event of an independent card in Nashville.
For the past three months, Flair has been preparing for the match in Tampa with Lethal and his strength and conditioning coach, Rob MacIntyre.
Flair, healthy now, believes he was gifted a new chance at life and for him, this match is another opportunity: to depart pro wrestling, the business he left an indelible mark on, on his own terms. Why does he want to do it?
“Ego and glory,” Flair said, explaining his motivations. “And family.”
The challenge now for those around him is to make sure Flair, whose real name is Richard Fliehr, doesn’t push his 73-year-old body past its limits, which has been no easy task.
“He just has to go out there and do what’s called ‘the greatest hits’ — strut, ‘Woooo!,’ chop someone,” Lethal said. “And the people would be OK with that. But that wouldn’t be OK with him. So, you’re gonna see him attempt and deliver on a Level 10 match. Whatever he can bring, he will bring. ”
In 2017, Flair suffered a totally ruptured intestine, total kidney failure and became septic with his body fighting off infection. That led to respiratory heart failure and pneumonia, he said. He said he has no memory of six months of his life during that time and had to learn to walk again through rehab. A year later, Flair had four heart surgeries in a span of seven weeks and doctors installed a pacemaker, which helps him regulate the rhythm of his heart.
When Flair pictures the match, he sees a sold-out Nashville Municipal Auditorium with more than 9,000 people in attendance. But more than that, he sees his family in the front row, cheering him on.
“It’ll be part of my life forever,” Flair said of wrestling. “Some people could walk away from it. I wasn’t one who could.”