Ric Flair’s last match only adds to his unmatched legacy

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We’ll probably never see again what Ric Flair was able to achieve with his final match.

While “Nature Boy” cheated death not once, but twice in his life — most recently a medically induced coma following kidney and heart problems in 2017 — it was able to do what he did at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Was, adds another level to that on a Sunday night.

But keep it aside for a minute.

Flair, at age 73 and with a pacemaker, was still physically fit and motivated enough to work to walk down that aisle and prove to himself and others to step into the ring one last time. For why he is, and always will be, the greatest of all time.

Then comes the pressure of really delivery in the ring, I’m sure a chunk of people are waiting to fall flat on his face, with Flair saying “I told you so” and “You should retire after your first Had” two retirement matches. Add to this teammates like The Undertaker, Bret Hart and Mick Foley – who later embraced him – watching at ringside.

Now that’s pressure.

Flair did it all well, tagging along with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo against Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett in a match that lasted almost 30 minutes. (Vince McMahon, 75, vs. Pat McPhee, at WrestleMania 38, lasted 3 minutes 45 seconds). The 16-time world champion gave hits. There was definitely a strut, as well as chops, figure four, a low blow and a lot of blood.

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Ric Flair walks past his last match in Nashville on Sunday.
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Ric Flair
Ric Flair fought his final match in Nashville on Sunday.
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They were certainly helped by some great sales from Lethal and Jarrett – who have a lot left in the tank at 55. But Flair occasionally wasn’t carrying his stuff as others worked. He was the legal man for a good portion of the match, showed he could still go a little bit, told a story and put on a totally entertaining match like he said he would. At one time the crowd even chanted his name.

The finish was a bit awkward, but played into the family story running through the match — and even as Babyface, Flairs is still the game’s dirtiest player. After Andrade rescues Flair from a Jarrett guitar shot, which ends up hitting Lethal, Rick’s other son-in-law and show promoter Conrad Thompson, Andrade flips a pair of brass knuckles to kill Jarrett. . After doing this instead of a regular pin, Flair went for a Figure Four. Jarrett’s and Flair’s shoulders both went to the mat, but the referee only saw Jarrett before a 1-2-3 count for the pin.

The sequence saw Thompson and Jarrett join the story on their podcast after Flair was attacked in the parking lot, Jarrett pushing his co-host before the match and Jarrett’s wife, Karen, Thompson’s wife Megan Flair. entered it with. Everything is really good, but Flair looked tired.

Then came a moment of panic. As the purple confetti took off, she took the flair long It was time to get off the mat and Andrade looked at least a little worried at first. I’m sure a lot of fans were holding their breath, but Flair was fine. He eventually got a microphone, thanked the crowd for everything he had done throughout his career, and reiterated that it was up to him before celebrating with Kid Rock in Nashville.

And it should be for him. After five decades in the business, Flair has nothing left to prove and may have done something no one will ever do again. (Sting would have to wrestle 10 more years to match it.)

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Jeff Jarrett hits Jay Lethal with a guitar.
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Ric Flair won by figure four pin.
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Nevertheless, Flair went all out as the main event of the entire pay-per-view carried out outside any major pro wrestling promotion, featuring talent from all of them – WWE, AEW, Impact, MLW, New Japan and more. some. With Thompson continuing to wrestle Switzerland, Flair’s career was brought full circle through the Jim Crockett promotion banner, under which he formed the foundation of his legend. Still, that doesn’t happen without employing flair, leaving oneself vulnerable to the risk of failure and potential health problems. How many others at his age would be willing to do the same?

Ric Flair staked everything and won. Doing so adds to their already huge legend in a way that it will be hard to reach the top.

made men

Tony Khan, president of All Elite Wrestling, spent more than two days listening to how much better WWE’s products and creatives were going to get under Triple H and what they would come for him in the free agency market going forward. He responded with one of the best episodes of “Dynamite” this year. It was a reminder of how much Khan continues to listen to his audience and he raised four of his top young actors to give them what they wanted.

After defeating Danhausen to win the FTW Championship – a belt creative created by Hook’s father Taz, Hook left the show responding to Ricky Starks’ challenge and received a needed blow to his character that was starting to fade a bit. Rising fan-favourite Starc, who received a decent pre-match video package, turned babyface with an emotional promo after the loss. He was then turned on by fellow Team Taz member Will Hobbs. (It was time to end the group when Taz was getting a bigger role on commentary.) The night ended with Daniel Garcia defeating a surprise returnee Brian Danielson—with some help from Jake Hager— in a match.

Ricky Starks gave Hook a pound after losing the FTW title.

Starks is 32, Hobbs is 31, and Garcia and Hooks are 23. It’s a great investment in a night in the future and offers some new storylines as well. Khan booked a match during “Rampage” this week between Wheeler Utah, 25, and Chris Jericho after a fun promo on “Dynamite,” in which Yuta looked comfortable and confident. All of these guys now really have a platform to come into their own or, in the case of the uber-talented Starks, the push to become world champion.

‘Like a Siamp’

The latest episode of “Monday Night Raw” raised and showcased many talents in a new way, including Io Skye, Montez Ford and even Mustafa Ali. But no one got a more rocket strap than Tommaso Ciampa. And it’s time for one of those guys who took on Triple H’s black and gold NXT brand in his later stages to grab the opportunity.

After winning a triple-threat contestant match and then a really good singles match against AJ Styles with the help of his mentor The Miz, Ciampa will face Bobby Lashley for the United States Championship next week. For anyone in the WWE audience who doesn’t know his work and Mike’s ability, watching him cut a promo while the usually talkative Miz just nods his head says a lot. The American title itself felt like it was treated with so much respect.

the 10 count

The early themes of Triple H’s booking style in WWE: explicit stories that sometimes last the entire show, fresh, kickass matches and chaos – lots and lots of chaos.

Jungle Boy leaves little question whether he’s ready to rise to the occasion against Christian Cage, perhaps giving a promo of his career. Jungle Boy was emotional, making fun of Christian’s divorce by breaking the fourth wall and was about to get into true babyface territory, talking about the death of his father, Luke Perry, before being cut off by Christian. This feud has reigned.

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I complained to Space that NXT two weeks ago Cora Z had trashed her Women’s Tag Team Championship. But really paying it off with the presence of Madusa (aka Alundra Blaze) who looks to be over a week old makes it all worth it.

Tony Khan has said he did not want to unveil Wednesday’s trio championship unless Kenny was going to be part of the Omega Division. So, that should indicate that Omega is ready to return, but whose team does he make up? With the final matchup all out versus Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly, the Bucks seem like an easy option. But AEW is also teasing the Bucks reuniting with Hangman, so it looks like he’ll have to give in here.

While the come-back start from injury was what we’ve heard before, Zoey Stark’s passion and confidence throughout the promo really made it look like someone was set to be the soon-to-be NXT Women’s Champion.

Why do I feel like Beth Phoenix is ​​coming for Rhea Ripley—whose return adds to the kind of bullying back in The Judgment Day as she torments Dominic Mysterio.

If there were two other must-see matches off Ric Flair’s Last Match card, it was Ray Fenix ​​vs. Bandido vs. Laredo Kidd vs. Taurus in a great lucha contest and Josh Alexander vs. Jacob Fatu for the Impact World Championship.

As soon as AEW announced Jon Moxley vs. Chris Jericho for Quake at the Lake, the chances of CM Punk being ready for All Out skyrocketed. If it isn’t, then Moxley vs. Jericho in a rematch with one condition seems like a good backup plan.

I guess I can be as excited for this return of Becky Lynch whenever she recovers more from her dislocated shoulder than I was after her pregnancy absence. That’s because we’ve been without “The Man” for so long, it’s so refreshing to have him back. Furthermore, Lynch has earned even more respect from fans after working with Bianca Belair.

While there has been a lot of talk about bringing back the women’s tag team title, don’t miss out on the overhaul Triple H needs to do in the men’s segment as well after years of neglect. The Usos don’t have a true challenger for their crown right now.

Logan Paul gives The Miz a Frog Splash at SummerSlam.

wrestler of the week

Logan Paul, WWE

I’m not sure anyone other than Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns came up with more pressure to perform at SummerSlam than Paul. This – unlike his match at WrestleMania 38 – was a singles contest, the start of a multiple-match deal with WWE and he wasn’t exactly ending up with fans as a babyface. Paul’s performance at SummerSlam left some doubts about whether he would join pro wrestling to rest and, at least in Nashville, he won over fans. You can tell he put in the work. Paul turned out to be someone who had been wrestling for a while and now looks forward to the next time he steps into the ring.

honorable mention: Ricky Starks, AEW

The Gun Club attacks Max Castor on AEW Dynamite,

matches to watch

Acclaimed (Max Castor & Anthony Bowens) vs. The Gun Club (Austin & Colton Gunn), Dumpster Match (AEW Dynamite, Wednesdays, 8 p.m., TBS)

This has actually been one of the more entertaining mid-card feuds in AEW. It also included a dose of sports entertainment with an entertaining rap fight, and then a music video that helped turn Acclaimed’s babyface. It seems that the game entertainment only continues with the dumpster match you won by loading your opponents into the dumpster and closing the lid. Gans’ father Billy took part in a dumpster match at WrestleMania 14 against Cactus Jack and Terry Funk for some fun family ties.

around the ring

WWE announced that “Monday Night Raw” would return to Barclays Center on October 10.

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