Dutch Mantell opens up on Ric Flair
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 368
Ric Flair played the last match of his extraordinary career on July 31, 2022, in Nashville. Although he and Andrade El Idolo defeated Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer confided that he passed out a couple of times during the match due to dehydration.
The 73-year-old from Memphis has had a number of health problems in recent years and there was great concern about his return to the ring. The 'Nature Boy' made WWE history and wrestling in general, establishing himself as a true icon of sports entertainment.
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' In the latest episode of 'Story Time', former WWE manager Dutch Mantell said Ric Flair would be willing to die in the ring.
Dutch Mantell on Ric Flair
“I think Ric Flair should stop now. Regardless of what he says, I'm not so sure that July 31st was really his last match. There may be others in the future. If someone offers him a lot of money, he won't mind getting back into the ring.
I think he wants to die on the square because that's where he spent most of his time” - declared Dutch Mantell. "I'm not mad at Ric. I think you love wrestling madly. He loves performing and being in front of thousands of people.
However, there comes a time in your career and life when you have to give up. That's what he should have done a long time ago” - he added. Tom Prichard also expressed his opinion on the subject: “There were so many doubts about Flair before he got into the ring.
Nobody wanted to see him get hurt. We all know how many health problems he has had in the last few years, but he wanted to get back in the game and say hello to the fans. Ric made many people fall in love between the 80s and 90s, becoming an icon of this business." Ric Flair asked fellow WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page to be a part of his final match, but the veteran rejected the offer.
"Ric Flair actually called me and asked me if I would be in the match with him and do a six-man. At first, he said, ‘How old are you?’ I said, ‘66.’ He said, ‘I’ve seen you. You’re in great shape.
I really would love to have you in this match.’ I said, ‘Ric, I can’t do it. I feel so good. I can’t take a chance of hurting myself.’ He said, ‘I feel great.’ I said, ‘You’re not from this planet.’ That’s when he talked me into doing the roast”.