WWE Hall Of Famer Defends Ric Flair’s Controversial Final Match
In July 2022 Ric Flair brought the curtain down on his legendary wrestling career with one final match but at the age of 73, many questioned whether a final bout should take place.
Under the banner of Jim Crockett Promotions, Flair’s son-in-law Conrad Thompson promoted the event which saw Ric Flair team up with his other son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to defeat the duo of Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. Flair’s health was a concern during the bout as he appeared to pass out twice but he has since put this down to dehydration.
Speaking to the Good Karma Wrestling podcast, Jeff Jarrett explained why he thinks it’s the people that didn’t see the match and the build-up to it that are the most critical:
“That is something that in so many ways evolved. I wish we were doing a documentary just on how that naturally evolved. It’s something that from the bloody parking lot scene that was off the charts, Karyn’s shoe got him good. How that all developed and his real-life relationship with Jay Lethal, his son-in-law, obviously my history with Ric, kind of a mindset that came out of a conversation of “what about one last match?” The controversy that he created, I still chuckle to myself that Ric sold out Municipal Auditorium or damn near close to it on his last match and people still want to criticize him.
“I get all that, I understand all that but that was a lot of magic was made over the last summer, that 90 days. That doc they did, that 3-part story, just the views. Look, I’ve always said since that match is over and you started to hear the feedback, good and bad. There are 3 groups of people, people that saw it live, people that saw it on FITE TV and people that didn’t see it. The people who didn’t see it are heavily critical of it. The people there that are live they know the magic that was created.
“When you have legends in the business that attended the show not only on camera but off camera, I’ll let you guys go down that rabbit hole, the comments they made. The energy that they saw in the arena, it was truly a special night and I feel pretty honored to have that opportunity because it delivered in every metric.”
Ric Flair recently explained that WWE recently put him to good use again as he was drafted in to teach new recruits about cutting promos.