WrestleMania 24 is a memorable event in WWE's illustrious history, featuring many iconic moments that fans still reminisce about today. The event showcased boxing legend Floyd Mayweather's clash with the Big Show and a thrilling main event between Undertaker and Edge for the world title.
However, one of the most emotional matches of the night was the heartfelt encounter between Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair, which was widely regarded as a career-defining moment for both wrestlers. The unforgettable scene of Shawn Michaels whispering "I love you" to Ric Flair before delivering a final superkick and pinning the Nature Boy has become etched in WWE history.
Despite Flair's career supposedly ending that night, he continued to wrestle in subsequent years, much to the delight of his fans. What many people may need to learn is that WWE seriously considered placing this legendary match in the main event slot for WrestleMania 24.
Bruce Prichard, a prominent WWE personality and executive, recently shared this interesting tidbit on the latest edition of his podcast, Something To Wrestle With. He elaborated on the thought process behind the decision, explaining that WWE ultimately chose not to place Michaels vs.
Flair as the main event to avoid disheartening fans.
Prichard on Nixed Main Event
Prichard said, "It was (talks of Shawn Michaels & Ric Flair main eventing WrestleMania 24), but it was also the realization of a bummer.
So you don't wanna leave people with a bummer." He added that placing the match as the main event would have created sky-high expectations for Ric Flair to win and continue his wrestling career. However, the game's outcome would have left fans on a down note, which WWE wanted to avoid.
The Michaels-Flair match, as Prichard explained, was an extraordinary story that needed to be told, but not as the final act of the night. WWE's decision to place it earlier in the event ensured that the emotional impact was preserved while still leaving room for the crowd to be energized by the remaining matches.
In hindsight, WrestleMania 24's lineup was a fitting tribute to the wrestling legends involved. Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair's match is still remembered as one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching encounters in WWE history.
At the same time, Undertaker and Edge's main event provided the perfect ending to a night filled with high-stakes drama and unforgettable moments.