Ric Flair, an emblematic figure in the wrestling realm, began his illustrious in-ring journey in the 1970s. Last summer, his career came to a poignant conclusion at the "Ric Flair's Last Match" event, organized by Jim Crockett Promotions.
Reflecting on his extensive career on Theo Von's "This Past Weekend" podcast, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer candidly shared the elements he misses most from his wrestling days. Undoubtedly, the world of wrestling is filled with glitz, glamor, and high-flying action, but for Flair, the soul of the sport lay in the bonds formed behind the scenes.
"The camaraderie within the wrestling fraternity is what I long for the most," Flair stated.
"Flair's Retirement and Comeback"
It's worth noting that Ric Flair, having achieved immense success, had initially decided to step away from the limelight after a heart-wrenching defeat to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24.
The stakes in that match were personal — if Flair lost, he'd retire. Yet, the allure of the squared circle was irresistible, leading him to return, lacing up his boots for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (currently known as Impact Wrestling).
Eventually, in 2011, he decided to retire again, marking the end of an era. In his heartfelt conversation with Von, Flair highlighted certain relationships that left an indelible mark on his heart. He respects and fonds Arn Anderson, his colleague from the 80s and 90s.
The duo and others formed the iconic Four Horsemen faction, revolutionizing the wrestling scene with their unmatched charisma and synergy. Furthermore, Flair reminisced about the cherished moments on the road, traveling alongside wrestling legends like Shawn Michaels and Paul "Triple H" Levesque.
While he holds immense affection for icons like The Undertaker and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, their encounters have become infrequent. With a twinkle in his eye, Flair mentioned "The Deadman" — The Undertaker — applauding his off-ring persona and sharing a heartwarming tidbit.
He and his wife, former WWE star Michelle McCool, recently expanded their family by adopting a child, adding another chapter to their endearing journey.
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