After competing in his final match, Ric Flair has revealed that he passed out twice while the contest was taking place.
There were a number of concerns about the health of ‘The Nature Boy’ going in to his final match on 31st July 2022, where he tamed with Andrade El Idolo to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
Whilst his initial concerns going in to the match were about a foot injury, during the contest there were times that Ric Flair seemed disoriented and he even admitted in a post-match press conference that there were sections of the match he didn’t remember.
Now speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, Ric Flair spoke with the show’s promoter Conrad Thompson about the event. The WWE Hall Of Famer discussed his planned weight going in to the match, and how this could have partly caused his dehydration.
I don’t think people realized I passed out twice. What happened was, my regimentation for training was so strict. I wanted my perfect weight to be like 220 going in. So the last day and a half, aside from all the work that we had planned for me to do, I didn’t hydrate because I had it in my mind that I had to weigh 219. So anyway, I went to the ring at about 217 pounds.
What happened during the match is I just became dehydrated. While I was standing on the apron, I looked at Jay which started the whole wheel in motion. I said, ‘Man, I think I’m getting sick’, because I was getting lightheaded. Nothing to do with my heart. Nothing to do with my intestines. I was getting lightheaded. I’m sure a lot of it was nerves as well. So I think Jay said, ‘We got to move this along’, and that isn’t what I meant, but to the point where Manny (Andrade) came over and said, ‘Your turn, sir. Your turn, sir. Your turn, sir.’
So I got in, but I didn’t know we were in the match because I had missed about clearly like 10 seconds of it. So then when I went outside, I think everybody just jumped the gun a little bit.
Ric Flair went on to open up on how it was Andrade El Idolo who brought him round the second time, ready for the end of the match.
The idea was he gave me the tag and I crawled. But I got all that, and the people got all that. I thought they were really with it. I crawl over, cover, one, save. Then at that point, along came the guitar. You know, bingo. When I was down, I passed out again. I just passed out, and Manny is going ‘Sir, you have to wake up.’ I had the brass knuckles. ‘Sir, you have to wake up.’ Okay, so then I woke up and I knew where we were and we’re home. But I swear to God, twice during the match, I went completely black.
After the match it would seem Ric Flair was ready to celebrate, when The Undertaker stepped in to make sure he was alright.
It was all about dehydration. I had two doctors in there right away with me and everything and The Undertaker came running in. I had like six beers there. He took them out of my hand and said, ‘You’re drinking two Gatorades first.’ So I drank two and that was all it was. I underestimated the importance of keeping hydrated.
With thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.