Conrad Thompson has spoken publicly about Vince McMahon and Tony Khan’s involvement in Ric Flair’s Last Match and says it wouldn’t have been possible without both men.
On July 31st Ric Flair laced up his boots and walked that aisle one last time as he competed in his final ever wrestling match. The bout was promoted by son-in-law and podcast king Conrad Thompson under the banner of Jim Crockett Promotions as part of the Starrcast V convention.
Flair teamed up with his other son-in-law, AEW star Andrade El Idolo, for the bout which saw him do battle with Jay Lethal and WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. This meant two stars under AEW contracts competed in the same bout as a current WWE Senior Vice President.
Speaking on Jarrett’s My World podcast [available first at AdFreeShows], Conrad Thompson explained why the bout “shouldn’t have happened” and confirmed that both ex-WWE boss Vince McMahon and AEW CEO Tony Khan gave their blessing for the match:
“I want to give a ton of credit and props and kudos to Tony Khan for allowing really the forbidden door to happen. We’re not supposed to talk about it but we’re going to say it one time, we had an AEW superstar tag teaming with a WWE special Vice President to take on an AEW superstar and Ric Flair. That shouldn’t have happened.
“There’s a lot of reasons that it shouldn’t have happened but Vince McMahon, back when that was a thing, green-lit it and so did Tony Khan and this could not have happened without both of those folks allowing it.”
Ric Flair picked up the victory after laying Double J out with brass knuckles and locking him in the Figure Four leg lock. Long-time WWE referee Mike Chioda counted the pinfall on Jarrett while he was laid out in the hold.