Will Ric Flair Finally Have his Last Match?

For his sake, I hope so.

Ric Flair/Wikipedia

Ric Flair is one of the most popular and controversial figures in professional wrestling. A man that has had almost as many marriages as he has world title wins, the man who has led an exciting life. And on July 31st, he will have possibly one of his most controversial moments.

At 73, Flair will enter the ring one last time. A few weeks ago, he made the announcement and recently released footage on his Twitter of him taking bumps in the ring. And while he is not the only wrestler to step in the ring at his age (Vince McMahon had a match at this year's Wrestlemania at the age of 76), many are concerned.

Flair has had several health scares in recent years. In 2017 he had to have a major surgery in which part of his bowel was removed, and many were worried that he would not make it through. He also has a pacemaker due to heart issues brought on by years of alcohol abuse.

So many people are wondering why this 73-year-old man is determined to have one last match. Some posit that he may need money. With several ex-wives and the need to maintain a particular lifestyle, Flair is not the best with his money.

Flair has also spent over four decades in the spotlight. He has had a fantastic career, including several significant championships, awards, and some of the most historic matches in professional wrestling. Flair has a long history of being unable to step away from the ring and the crowd's attention.

Ric Flair has retired twice so far. His first retirement was at Wrestlemania XXIV in a classic match against Shawn Micheals. The next day on Raw, Flair was honored by his peers in a tearful sendoff. Flair made sporadic appearances with WWE from 2008 to 2009, but his active wrestling days seemed to be over.

He then made appearances in Ring of Honor before having a match with Hulk Hogan during his Hulkamania Tour in 2009. In 2010 Flair officially came out of retirement and spent two years in TNA/Impact Wrestling before again retiring in 2012.

From 2012 to 2021, Flair was used from time to time with the WWE. His most recent role was as a manager for his daughter, Charlotte Flair. In August 2021, Flair parted ways with the company. Some speculate that it may have been due to the Vice series Dark Side of the Ring and their episode on the Plane Ride from Hell, in which Flair was accused of exposing himself and forcing a flight attendant to touch his penis (Flair denies these accusations).

Since then, Flair has made a few on-off appearances with AAA in Mexico and the NWA. And now, in July, Flair will put a bow on his career. Maybe.

There are several voices from fans and those in the wrestling industry. They voice legitimate concerns not only for his health but also for his legacy. It would have been a fitting farewell had his final match been at Wrestlemania XXIV.

We probably won't have a classic Ric Flair match next month. He will be protected, though we don't know the details of the match at this time. Rumor has it that he will be in a six-man tag team match. This would be ideal, as it would give Flair the ability to throw some signature moves in without doing the heavy lifting. Who knows, he may throw in a figure-four leglock to win it.

I, like many others, will more than likely watch the match. And we will hope for a good match. We can only hope it will be a fitting end to The Man's legacy.

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