Ric Flair has been a controversial figure in professional wrestling lately. Once universally beloved, horrible accusations about his past behavior surfaced. Flair was nearly canceled but has been trying to rehab his image in the public’s eye.
Ric barely survived a scary medical situation four years ago. The wrestling legend was in the ICU and on life support for 13 days. Many fans anticipated that The Nature Boy would never wake up.
WWE may have thought the same thing. In a recent interview with The Pivot, Flair said just about everyone had written him off. With a 5% chance of survival, WWE put together a memorial video package while Ric was still alive.
“31 days later, I woke up in the ICU. For 13 days I was on life support. I had no memory for six months. I could remember going forward, but I had no memory of the past. They wrote me off. I was operated on Monday morning. The WWE made a package because it was, like, a 5% chance that I would make it through it.
It makes you re-evaluate everything. But at the end of the day, I still think that if you’re not hurting anybody, and you’re certainly not being malicious, I don’t think it’s wrong to have fun. I’m not going to stop. I spent a year worrying that I was going to die every day. Once you’ve been that sick, I mean, all you do, and it’s kind of like getting over that anxiety, then you start feeling more comfortable.
Then I had one beer, and one champagne, and then two beers and then a couple of years now and drinking the vodka once in a while. I guess the best way to put it is there’s nothing left for me to do. I’m going to have fun. My family is all in a good place.”
Ric Flair has kicked out from adversity countless times. He even survived a plane crash in 1975 that broke his back and nearly ended his career. Love him or hate him, Ric is a true survivor.
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