Ric Flair played the last match of his extraordinary career a week ago in Nashville. The 'Nature Boy' teamed up with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to face Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett. The first two took home the victory and sent the audience into raptures.
The 73-year-old from Memphis is a global icon, having made millions of people fall in love in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2012, he also became the first athlete in history to be inducted twice into the WWE Hall of Fame, both individually and as a member of the 'Four Horsemen'
During last Sunday’s match, the 16-time world champion - who has had several health problems in recent years - faked a heart problem in order to hit Lethal in the eye. In the latest edition of the 'Hall of Fame' podcast, Booker T said the fake heart attack wasn't a great wrestling moment.
Booker T opens up on Ric Flair
"To be honest, I think it wasn't a great wrestling moment," Booker T began bluntly. “It wasn't the best time in the world. We are talking about a 73-year-old who faked a heart attack in order to hit his opponent in the eyes of him.
I got the point of that commercial, but a lot of people in that damn arena got scared to death. I found it a bad taste scene" - he added. Dutch Mantell, on the other hand, enjoyed the show very much: “I didn't watch the event, but the organization was really fantastic.
They gave life to a memorable evening and the placement after SummerSlam proved to be perfectly suited. From what I read, there was no shortage of emotions and Ric Flair 'greeted' the audience in the way he did. Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal did a great job helping Ric shine.
I'm happy that Flair managed to finish the match without too much difficulty. Many fans went to the arena to pay homage to a man who indelibly marked the 80s and 90s." Speaking about the incident on Sportskeeda Wrestling's Smack Talk, Dutch Mantell stated that the beatdown did an excellent job of hyping Flair's last match: "It felt like an old-school, 80's type of angle.
I saw it and I think they got enough interest on this match anyway, but they threw a little more because I think they want the podcast to do well too. It was an old-time beat down and they left him laying there."