Bill Apter reflects on Ric Flair's return

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Bill Apter reflects on Ric Flair's return

In recent days, the web has literally exploded when the news of Ric Flair's return to the ring has come. The 'Nature Boy' will play his last match on July 31st at 'The Fairgrounds' in Nashville, Tennessee.

While some fans are eager to admire their idol again, another section of fans wondered if it is too risky for Ric to return to the square at 73. In addition to being a 16-time world champion, Flair was able to complete the 'Triple Crown' in both WCW and WWE.

In 2012, he also became the first wrestler in history to be inducted twice into the WWE Hall of Fame, both individually and as a member of the 'Four Horsemen' Speaking to Sportskeeda, wrestling expert Bill Apter expressed some concerns about Ric Flair's decision to get back in the game.

Bill Apter on Ric Flair's return

"I hope that Ric Flair's status will not be damaged by this choice" - began Bill Apter. "In the past, several wrestlers and boxers have returned as Ric and it has not gone well.

I perfectly remember the match between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, just to name an example. It was clear that Ali was just a bad copy of the legendary boxer we had come to know. A few bad matches ended up ruining the latter part of his career.

Ric Flair could have the same fate. I don't know exactly what his physical condition is and what he intends to do in the ring. However, he has had several health problems in recent years and - if I were him - I would avoid taking any further risks” - he added.

Former WWE writer Vince Russo also spoke on the subject: "If he wants to get back in the ring and he thinks he can do it, nobody can stop him. I hope nothing bad happens. Ric knows perfectly well his state of health and his physical condition.

In addition, he will receive a huge reward for getting into the ring. In place of him, it would never occur to me to go back to fighting, but I'm not Ric Flair." In a recent interview on Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson, Ric Flair reiterated his opinion that Michaels is the greatest in-ring wrestler ever.

However, he also joked that HBK is not the greatest on the mic: "Shawn yeah, he's the greatest wrestler that's ever lived. He's the greatest in-ring wrestler of all time. Not the best talker but...," he said, laughing. Then, he added, "No, I'm just kidding. I'll give him the greatest in the ring."