Ric Flair has said that he is “most assuredly” capable of wrestling another match, claiming that he’s in better shape now than he was when he faced Sting on the final episode of WCW Nitro two decades ago.
The ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair hasn’t had a match in over a decade, with his last bout having taken place in September 2011 when he was defeated by Sting in TNA. That match was itself three years after Flair supposedly retired at WrestleMania 24 following his defeat by Shawn Michaels.
However, despite his lengthy absence from the ring, the 72 year-old has defiantly said he would still be able to have one more match.
Speaking on the debut episode of his Wooooo Nation Uncensored podcast, the 16-time World Champion claimed that he “absolutely” could wrestle again. Flair went a step further by saying he’s in better shape now than he was when he wrestled Sting on the final episode of WCW Nitro in March 2001.
“Most assuredly, and a lot of conversation. That talk hasn’t happened, but could I do it? Absolutely. I’m in better shape now than I was when Sting and I wrestled the last match on Nitro. WWE won’t let me do anything, even though I’m released. I understand, they have so much liability and I told them I would sign anything, but nobody wants me to die on their watch. I’d rather die in the ring. If I have to go. I’d rather not jump off the 19th floor or spend another 31 days in the ICU,”
Ric Flair announced his departure from WWE in August 2021, expressing his dissatisfaction with recent creative decisions made by the company.
Shortly after leaving the promotion, he appeared at NWA 73, then AAA TripleMania where he accompanied his son-in-law, Andrade El Idolo to the ring for his match with Kenny Omega. Flair even got in on the action when he put fellow veteran wrestler Konnan in his patented Figure-Four Leglock.
The podcast is Flair’s first significant new project since he was seemingly accused of sexual assault by an air stewardess on the ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ episode of Dark Side of the Ring.
Following the airing of the episode, Flair was removed from WWE’s opening TV package, and a Car Shield commercial featuring the WWE Hall of Famer was “paused“.
For his part, Ric Flair has denied the allegations made against him.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.