Ric Flair will step into the ring on July 31 in Nashville to play the last match of his career. Many colleagues and industry experts have railed against this initiative by the 'Nature Boy', who is 73 years old and has had several health problems in recent times.
In addition to being a 16-time world champion, Flair has managed to transcend wrestling thanks to his dedication and innate charisma. In 2012, Ric became the first wrestler in history to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame both individually and as a member of the 'Four Horsemen'
Flair also succeeded in completing the Triple Crown in both WCW and WWE. During a recent interview with 'TMZ Sports', Booker T praised Ric Flair's decision to return to the ring a little by surprise.
Booker T on Ric Flair
“What Ric Flair is doing is not propitiated by vanity as many claims, but by his love for this business” - Booker T explained.
“Some time ago, Ric told me he would never retire. He is like that, nothing can be done about it. He will step into the ring and receive a wonderful welcome. You just have to have respect for a legend of his caliber,” added the two-time WWE Hall of Famer.
Gerald Brisco is not of the same opinion: “I am worried about Ric and I think he shouldn't get in the ring at his age. He said it will be his last match, but I'm not so sure. If he passes this test with flying colors, we all know Flair's nature.
He wouldn't be limited to a single encounter. Someone else will come to him, offer him a bunch of money and convince him to do it again. I'm not saying he fights for money, it's his goddamn ego that makes him do it.
His charisma allowed him to become a legend in this business. However, there comes a time when you have to put that ego aside and realize that you are 73." Speaking with Kevin Kellam of Sportskeeda Wrestling, Kross stated that although he doesn't have a close relationship with Flair, he is stoked to be a part of the event.
"I don't think it's gonna hit me until the day of [match] when I actually see the audience and I see Ric [Flair] backstage. I haven't seen him in a few months. I don't have a very strong rapport with him, but like on a hello basis. Ric was always very cool to me, to everybody."